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The Perfect You: A Blueprint for Identity Hardcover – July 4, 2017
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There's only one you!
When God created the blueprint for the universe, you were already part of the plan. Science and Scripture show you're a unique, brilliantly designed, and intelligent individual who fills a role no one else can. So the more Perfect You you become, the more fulfilling and impactful your life will be.
What is the Perfect You? It's how you process and exhibit your uniqueness through the way you think, feel, and choose. Everything you do and experience has an impact on the world, which is why it is vital for you to understand
· what your Perfect You is
· when you are stepping out of your Perfect You
· the mental, physical, and spiritual implications of stepping out of your Perfect You
· and how to stay in your Perfect You
In this book, Dr. Caroline Leaf tackles this concept from theological, philosophical, and scientific angles, challenging you to think deeply about your identity and enabling you to apply these insights to your daily life. Drawn from thirty years of original research and twenty-five years of clinical experience, The Perfect You includes groundbreaking new insights and an eye-opening questionnaire designed to help you understand your Perfect You.
Are you tired of living in a suffocating box of expectations? The Perfect You will help you realize there was never a box to begin with!|Dr. Caroline Leaf is the author of Switch On Your Brain and Think and Eat Yourself Smart, among many other books and journal articles. Since 1981, she has researched the science of thought and mind-body connection as it relates to thinking, learning, emotions, renewing the mind, healing from TBI and other neurological and mind issues, potential, and education. Dr. Leaf practiced clinically for twenty-five years while simultaneously working in impoverished areas in South Africa and doing research. She has worked in education for as many years. She is currently still doing research on the mind-body connection and is an international and national conference speaker on topics relating to optimal mind and brain performance such as stress, toxic thoughts, male/female brain differences, thinking and learning, controlling our thought lives, and how to identify and use one's uniqueness. She is frequently interviewed on TV stations and media around the globe, has published many books and scientific journal articles, and has her own TV show, The Dr. Leaf Show. Leaf and her husband, Mac, live with their four children in California.
From the Back Cover
"In The Perfect You, Dr. Leaf reveals great insights and practical keys to becoming the unique individuals God created us to be--a topic I'm very passionate about in my teaching. Her in-depth approach will help people really take hold of how they can achieve God's purpose for their lives."--Joyce Meyer, Bible teacher and bestselling author
"If you've ever wanted, or even needed, to reimagine your life, this book may very well be the catalyst to that end. It's actually a guidance system that clears the pollutants that have restrained you from expressing the greatest version of you the world has ever seen!"--Bishop TD Jakes and Serita Jakes
"The Perfect You, with its application tools, will be a daily recommendation in my integrative neuroscience practice."--Robert P. Turner, MD, MSCR, neurologist
"This masterpiece is a must-read for anyone who truly desires to be deeply educated on how our souls are wonderfully and fearfully made by the Creator of the universe."--Avery M. Jackson III, MD, FAANS, FACS, neurosurgeon, CEO, and founder of the Michigan Neurosurgical Institute PC
"This book fashions a profound mix of quantum physics, philosophy, and psychology into effective, practical applications to help every one of us excel in what we have been created by God to accomplish."--Dr. Peter Amua-Quarshie, MD, neuroscientist and assistant professor
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This is not an easy or casual read. While Dr. Leaf makes the information readable for those who did not major in the Sciences, it still has advanced concepts that take time to read and to digest. A considerable amount of the book is filled with questions and exercises. Because of this, I recommend the hard copy of the book rather than the Kindle version I initially purchased. I am purchasing a second paper copy so that I can use the module questionnaires to the full extent.
I had not read any of Dr. Leaf's prior books but will be looking for those in the future. I'm not sure if this book builds on those or if it is a revised and updated book based on the same concepts.
As a person who loves to read and to learn, I am happy to see the exercises that are included which are designed to facilitate learning and brain development. I also deeply appreciate that Dr. Leaf talks about the individuals she has worked with who overcame serious injuries and other detriments to become more than what science would have predicted for them. It is very inspiring to know that there are people, such as Dr. Leaf, who won't give up and will continue to work with those who science gives up on.
While I don't suffer from such issues, as I read through the book, the truth it uncovers was evident in how I responded. Many nonconscious memories came to mind throughout my reading. As Dr. Leaf would discuss how something in the past continues to have an effect on an individual, past experiences would come to my mind and I would see the event combined with the new information from the book. It happened over and over again and was exactly as Dr. Leaf predicted.
As a Christian, the book spoke to my spirit as well. I understand that we are made in the image of God; however, I had never thought that would also mean our minds were in the image of God. The book also stresses that we are all unique and that we each have our place in God's plan. We each have a special reason for our existence. We each are made for love and that true love is from and for God. Finding this special place, my own Perfect You (the place where we are in harmony with our inner self and God), will be a life long study. I am thankful that Dr. Leaf has written this book and am blessed that God led me to it.
There are four parts to the book. Leaf helps us understand who we are in terms of thinking, feeling, and choosing. Then she has a section on the science behind each person's uniqueness. Next is a large section full of questions that is an assessment tool to help us understand our self. The last section has exercises to help us grow our unique self.
Two aspects of the book really impressed me. The first is the section on science. There have been many recent discoveries regarding the brain and behavior and Leaf explains them well. She also incorporates the discoveries into a model for spiritual transformation and renewing the mind.
The second aspect is the idea of discomfort zones. There are areas where we know we are not being who we really are, who God created us to be. That discomfort is a prompt from God. Leaf helps us identify them and then grow our God designed self.
Something else I liked was Leaf's little bit about mindfulness. I've read lots about it and finally understood it when she wrote about developing a mindful awareness which includes being in constant dialogue with the Holy Spirit. (93) The concept finally made sense to me.
The only thing that made this book less than perfect was Leaf writing, “You recognize that who you are is fundamentally good (Gen. 1:31).” (34) That verse represents creation before the sin of Adam and Eve and creation being tainted by sin. Man is born tainted by sin and is not fundamentally good. It is only through belief in Christ that the fundamental sin nature of man is changed.
There is much science in this book and that might intimidate some. I found the material understandable and practical. I like that this book is not a grand personality test, putting us in a certain personality style. Leaf encourages each of us to be our unique self designed by God.
I recommend this book to those who really want to understand who God created you to be, how you might have been pulled away from that being, and how you can grow into God's unique design.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.