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Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health Paperback – August 4, 2015
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You are not a victim of your biology!
The vast majority of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses.
Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf gives you a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns. She exposes the "switch" in your brain that will enable you to live a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life where you achieve your goals, get your thought life under control, and even become more intelligent. And her 21-Day Brain Detox Plan guides you step-by-step through the process of replacing toxic thoughts with healthy ones.
Ready to reap the benefits of a detoxed thought life? Read on . . .|Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and audiologist who has worked in the area of cognitive neuroscience since 1985. Her pioneering work on neuroplasticity--that changes in thinking actually change the brain and can effect behavioral change--paved the way for her current research on how scientific principles are supported by Scripture and vice versa. She is a prolific author and has been featured on Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer, LIFE Today with James and Betty Robison, Today with Marilyn and Sarah, It's Supernatural with Sid Roth, and Doctor to Doctor. Dr. Leaf also hosts Switch On Your Brain on TBN. She and her husband, Mac, live in Dallas, Texas, with their four children.
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"If you need a change in your thought life or overall attitude, Switch On Your Brain will convince you that your brain can be renewed by the power of God's Spirit and biblical truth."--James Robison, president of LIFE Outreach International; cohost of LIFE Today
"The following pages are not information, they are revelation. Caroline's revelation will change the way you think. This book is the owner's manual for how our brains work."--Matthew and Laurie Crouch, Trinity Broadcasting Network
"Caroline Leaf has given us a real jewel, translating modern brain science into language accessible to everyone."--David I. Levy, MD, neurosurgeon, author of Gray Matter
"[Caroline] explains how our choices work scientifically, but in a practical way that makes something that is really hard to do much easier and more tangible."--Christine Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign; director of Equip and Empower Ministries; author of Undaunted
"We encourage you to act on the wisdom found in Switch On Your Brain and begin the incredible journey of thinking God's way."--Robert and Debbie Morris, pastors of Gateway Church; authors of The Blessed Life, The Blessed Marriage, and The Blessed Woman
"Dr. Leaf's teaching is not only life changing but life saving as it makes the renewing of the mind so real. I am so very grateful for the wisdom contained within these pages."--Darlene Zschech, singer-songwriter; author of The Art of Mentoring
"Each of us is full of untapped potential when it comes to our ability to think and process our way through life. I pray that Caroline's years of research and passion in this realm of unfolding science will be a blessing to you."--Bobbie Houston, senior pastor, Hillsong Church
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I’ve also used 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy in tandem with Switch On Your Brain. Written by Alvin Huang and Chris D’Cruz, 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy is a treatise on all the negative thoughts and behaviors that you just need to get rid of. Many of our negative self-thoughts come from wanting to please others, but it’s important to realize that you have to give that stuff up. You have to give up wanting everyone to like you. In my case, I was always obsessed with gaining the approval of everyone. I thought if everyone liked me, then maybe I’d be happy. Of course, we know that there is no such thing a universal approval from everyone.
If you’re looking for a neuroscience-based program to really detoxify your brain, then you can’t beat Switch On Your Brain. It’s the best way to flush out all those negative thoughts and hindrances from your psyche. 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy is also a great book for learning how to excise negative self-thoughts from your life. I would say that both of these books have helped me dig my way out of my depression. It wasn’t easy, but it has been well worth it. I’m glad I was able to change my brain and let go of all the hindrances to my progress.
The first point I learned is that the brain is different from the mind. I knew this from previous philosophy classes, but Dr. Leaf assures us that there is a critical difference. Before, many doctors and scientists taught that the brain is physical and pre-programmed and therefore a person is stuck in the depression or illness and need meds all the time.
With detoxing, you can get your healthy brain cells back and what is really cool is each chapter has Scripture for thought pertaining to the mind and encourages you on your "detoxing" journey.
Second, our brain is neuroplastic-"meaning it can change and grow"(14). If our brains can change and grow, then we have be mindful of our thoughts. What are we allowing in?
We can not control outside circumstances, but we can control our reaction to it. Toxic thoughts like: doubt, unbelief, fear, anger- changes our brain and it causes us to become something that will require an act of God for healing. That is where detoxing comes in.
Another powerful point, Dr. Leaf makes is your parents or your past does not make you who you are. This is predisposition, not destiny. Do not make genetics your god. You can live a long healthy life full of joy. And her book is here to help.
There are so many important facts listed in this book and what becomes repetitive is actually what you'll need to remember as you go through the detox plan:
-Mind controls matter
-Choice and your multiple-perspective advantage
-Your choices change your brain
-Catch those thoughts
-Entering into directed rest
-Thinking, God, and the quantum physics brain
-The science of thought
The very first half of the book was powerful to read and coupled with sound biblical wisdom, you can get your life back just from the beginning of the book. After scanning through the 21 Day Detox plan, I know that I would buy this book for myself.
*Book received for my unbiased review from Netgalley