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How God Changes Your Brain

Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist
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Ballantine
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March, 2010
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9780345503428
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$23.00 CAD
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God is great—for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. That’s the finding of this startling book by the authors of Born to Believe. Based on evidence culled from their brain-scan studies on memory patients and meditators, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, therapist Waldman, and their research team have concluded that active and positive spiritual belief changes the human brain for the better. What’s more, actual faith isn’t always necessary: atheists who meditate on positive imagery can obtain similar neurological benefits. Written in an accessible style—with illustrations highlighting how spiritual experiences affect the mind—How God Changes Your Brain offers new discoveries:

ª  Not only do prayer and spiritual practice reduce stress and anxiety, but just twelve minutes of meditation per day may slow down the aging process.

ª  Contemplating a loving God rather than a punitive God reduces anxiety, depression, and stress and increases feelings of security, compassion, and love.

ª  Fundamentalism, in and of itself, is benign and can be personally beneficial, but the anger and prejudice generated by extreme beliefs can permanently damage your brain.

ª  Intense prayer and meditation permanently change numerous structures and functions in the brain—altering your values and the way you perceive reality.

How God Changes Your Brain is both a revelatory work of modern science and a practical guide for readers to enhance their physical and emotional health and to avoid mental decline. Newberg and Waldman explain the eight best ways to “exercise” your brain—smile, stay intellectually active, consciously relax, yawn, meditate, exercise aerobically, dialogue with others and trust in your beliefs—and guide readers through  a variety of Eastern and Western spiritual practices that improve personal awareness and empathy.

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God is greatfor your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Based on new evidence culled from brain-scan studies, a wide-reaching survey of peoples religious and spiritual experiences, and the authors analyses of adult drawings of God, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and therapist Mark Robert Waldman offer the following breakthrough discoveries:

Not only do prayer and spiritual practice reduce stress, but just twelve minutes of meditation per day may slow down the aging process.
Contemplating a loving God rather than a punitive God reduces anxiety and depression and increases feelings of security, compassion, and love.
Fundamentalism, in and of itself, can be personally beneficial, but the prejudice generated by extreme beliefs can permanently damage your brain.
Intense prayer and meditation permanently change numerous structures and functions in the brain, altering your values and the way you perceive reality.

Both a revelatory work of modern science and a practical guide for readers to enhance their physical and emotional health, How God Changes Your Brain is a first-of-a-kind book about faith that is as credible as it is inspiring.
Based on their innovative brain scan research, Newberg and Waldman authoritatively make a controversial assertion: God is good - for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. What's more, actual faith isn't always necessary: atheists who meditate on positive imagery can obtain similar neurological benefits. With illustrations demystifying the workings of the mind, How God Changes Your Brain shows meditation may slow down the aging process; that contemplating a loving God (rather than a punitive God) reduces anxiety, depression, and stress; that fundamentalism can be personally beneficial, but the anger and prejudice generated by idealistic beliefs can permanently damage the brain. Rare in a book about neuroscience, Newberg and Waldman also offer practical applications for their breakthrough findings: the eight best ways to "exercise" your brain; specific exercises that improve personal awareness and empathy, and more. Unique in its conclusions, innovative in its methods, How God Changes Your Brain is a first-of-a-kind book about faith that is as credible as it is inspiring.

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