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Who Switched Off My Brain? Revised: Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions Hardcover – November 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; New edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981956726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981956725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Since 1981, Caroline Leaf Ph.D. has researched the human brain with particular emphasis on unlocking its vast, untapped potential. In addition to being a best-selling author and popular speaker, Dr. Leaf has published articles in academic journals and is frequently interviewed by print and broadcast media for her expertise.

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I found the book very informative and easy to read.
Graham Smith
What we do with our thoughts and emotions and how we can control our well being.
Ronald L. Harris Harris
Reading this book will help you change how you think (yes, you CAN change that!)
JM Girl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

139 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Karla Harper on December 18, 2007
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This book is a great tool for finding out why our brain and thoughts can make us sick.. Just a few changes I learned from this book has made my life happier, healthier. I read our brain has been trained by the things that have happened or things being said to us,and what we have said to our selves. How much damage can be visable on e-rays. That can be reversed by changing what we think and say for a better us. This book should be in all schools and hospitals, libraries. I would like to see every one healthier and happier.
k in IL.
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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Martin Oliver on December 5, 2009
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One of the most important books on how our thoughts chemicially effect our behavior, personal diseases and the healing process. Dr. Leaf confirms through her accurate and solid neuroscience research what the Holy Bible has said for over 3,000 years "As a man or woman thinks, allowing their spirit, mind, will, emotions and body to absorb those thoughts and images, to that degree they will become (in their spirit, soul and body) what they have thought about". A must read book for serious and open-minded students and professionals.

Martin W. Oliver II Ph.D.
specializing in human behavior and chemistry
Meridian, Mississippi
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By D. Malony on February 1, 2008
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I was thrilled to read this book. I had been studying and teaching about renewing our minds in the Truth of God's Word and learning how to take thoughts captive. Dr. Leaf in this book gives a great summary of this and takes it to the next level of how God created our brains and how current research is in line with what God asks us to do to find His peace and be healthier mentally, spiritually and physically. I found this complimented several other books on the topic well. Jennifer Rothschild's, SelfTalk/SoulTalk and Joyce Meyer's Battle Field of the Mind.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By nancy b. on April 5, 2008
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This is a must read every 6 months--the solidly based research and good
practicality makes this a MUST READ for every person who wants to stay healthy emotionally, spiritually, and physically..My oh my, what great power resides in the brain and our thoughts!!
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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pate on September 19, 2008
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I'm so glad to see that science is beginning to catch up and agree with the Word of God. I heard about this book from a ministry associate of mine and read a borrowed copy and have just ordered one for my own. What Dr. Leaf teaches in this book is exactly what the Bible has taught for centuries--that our lives are for the most part a byproduct of the way we think, what we hear, what we say, and what we believe. Sadly, these principles have been "spiritualized" in the modern church that focuses more upon religious rituals and outward discipline rather than the practical aspects of God's Word. One may accuse the writer of promoting the "power of positive thinking" but a very quick study of God's Word will reveal these things to be true.

One reviewer mentioned there were no "practical methods" to implement these truths. I disagree, but the Word of God has an abundance of information on this subject. In a nutshell, if a person focuses his/her mind and affections on God and His infinite goodness, the byproduct of this is life and peace. The world around you may be in utter chaos, but within your heart the peace of God allows you to be victorious over any and all situations--including sickness and disease. One may assert that a person cannot be mindful of God throughout our busy days, but you can. It's true that we worry about things and still are able to accomplish daily tasks, so why not simply "worry" about the things of God. All worry is is meditating on the wrong thing. This is what it means to "pray without ceasing..."

"Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." [Romans 12:2]
"As he thinks in his heart so is he.
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166 of 192 people found the following review helpful By C. Hawke on August 14, 2008
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The first half of this book is very technically written. That is not the problem with it even though it is directed at laymen. You can get through the technical writing. The problem is that the book is written very sternly. There is the continual implication that if you do not control your thoughts and soon, you will give yourself diseases and worse. So the powerful punch of this book is to admit you make yourself sick by a negative thoughtlife, the majority of which you are not even aware of and that you must change, post haste. The author comes off hardline against any drug use, which is impractical and creates self condemnation for those who have used and may continue to depend upon prescriptions to treat brain chemical imbalances. She states that the brain can be retrained to think properly and the body will subsequently produce all the chemicals it needs to be its own happiness and peace drugstore.

Excellent! We all want that desperately. However, life gets in the way. This mortal corruption gets in the way. The environment does impact us whether we think about it or not. I wonder how these power thinkers will power their way through menopause and midlife transition if their brain chemicals go to heck in a handbasket. I tried power thinking my way through it and failed miserably. My anxiety shot level through the ceiling. It's possible that there may be physical imbalances not created by the human thought process - you may not be able to avoid brain chemical imbalance in puberty or menopause by positive thinking. Not because the positive thinking does not work but because we are imperfect living in a toxic environment. I believe there are some brain chemical imbalances that may be physiological just based upon personal experience.
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