Book Review: This Is Your Brain On Joy

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I have been a fan of Dr. Daniel Amen, of the Amen Clinics for years! When I saw he had written the forward for This Is Your Brain on Joy: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth and had worked with the author, Dr. Earl Henslin, I knew I had to read it!

Dr. Henslin is a licensed, Christian marriage, family, and child therapist practicing in Southern California. Dr. Henslin was intrigued by the SPECT scans, the incredible new scans of the human brain from the Amen Clinic. After years of study, and working with this technology with patients, Dr. Henslin wrote This is Your Brain on Joy as a guide to help us all work better with the brain we have.The book reads like a fascinating thriller to me. Granted, I am a total geek when it comes to the human body and brain and love books like this.

I dove into this book to my geeky hearts content! Chock full of information, SPECT scans, and real scenarios with patients,  This is Your Brain on Joy is an utterly fascinating book for anyone more interested in how to literally build a more joyful brain. It will help you understand yourself, your family and others around you and give you a mountain of practical information that you can try right away.

Start by taking the convenient quiz to figure out where you might be. Then read through to understanding on how to literally build a more satisfying, joyful life. We can be imprisoned within a brain that is not functioning optimally and This is Your Brain on Joy will help you unlock simple, inexpensive things you can do. It was similar to another favorite book, The Mood Cure, by Julia Ros, but went much deeper, along with the added depth of a biblical worldview. Both recommend a combination of a high protein, lower carb diet, with amino acid supplements, vitamins and other low tech things to help your brain. It does discuss prescription medications if needed, along with strategies to improve how your brain functions.Whether you have issues with depression, anxiety, anger, have had a brain injury, or just want a general tune up, This is Your Brain on Joy will help you fine tune the brain God has given you!

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is willing to prayerfully THINK through the book! This is also a fantastic book for homeschooling families – who wouldn’t want a more joyful family!


BOOK REVIEW ~ The Noticer ~ by Andy Andrews

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When the big brown UPS truck showed up, backed into my driveway, and handed me a box for this month’s Thomas Nelson review, I was so excited. I could not wait to open the delicious pages of the newest Andy Andrews book, and read The Noticer.

I settled in to read this delightful little book, thinking what a great gift it would make. Beautifully told, it is the story of Jones, a gentleman drifter who shows up in the coastal town of Orange Beach, Alabama, just when he is needed most.

Jones had the simple ability to show people a completely different way of looking at life, their problems, their situations. When they were at the end of their rope, their marriage, or in crisis, there was Jones, quietly challenging their thinking.

Jones would tell the folks, “Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective.” He got people thinking, reading. He reminds me of Charlie “Tremendous” Jones famous saying, “You’ll be the same person five years from now, except for the people that you meet and the books that you read.”

He would share some perspective with the stuck folks, and it would get them thinking in a new direction, with action following.

I thoroughly enjoyed most of The Noticer. It was particularly useful in looking at the situations we have been going through, a cross country move, a failed business, the astronomical debt we face from that failed business. I love the idea of perspective, of changing yours, being thankful, of expanding your mind with great books. Recognizing the 5 most influential people in your life is a great thing. I agree with all of those things.

That said, as I read The Noticer, there were several portions of it that I had an uneasy feeling about. Reading quickly through the book and enjoying the lessons of it, I did not stop and fully analyze what bothered me. The things that did stand out, would absolutely ruin the book for anyone who has yet to read it, and so I will refrain for now.

While I enjoyed the issue of perspective, I certainly would NOT recommend getting your theology from The Noticer!

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