Thursday, February 5, 2009

This Is Your Brain on Joy by Dr. Earl Henslin

This is the second book I've reviewed for the Thomas Nelson book review blogger program.

Subtitle is "A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth." Dr. Daniel G. Amen, who developed the medical tests and treatments described in the book, wrote the foreword.

Do you know someone with ADD, ADHD, PTSD, or any other learning or emotional disorder? If so, you have to tell them about this book. The techniques and treatments described in the book have led to breakthroughs for many people suffering from a wide spectrum of brain disorders, from brain injuries to chemical imbalances. Unfortunately, the treatment is currently available only on the West Coast and in the D. C. area. However, if it is as promising as it appears to be, it shouldn’t be long before it becomes available in other areas.

I’ve read several books written by health professionals, and this is the first one that wasn’t a struggle to read. Although there is plenty of scientific information, Dr. Henslin manages to impart his knowledge without resorting to medical-speak. He mixes anecdotes with information in a manner that holds your attention. He also includes plenty of sources of additional information. And---he communicates his message with a thoroughly Christian worldview. He relates stories of Christian people struggling with emotional and behavioral problems who thought they had spiritual problems. What a relief to know that their struggles were caused by abnormalities in their brains!

I chose to review this book because I was attracted by the title, This Is Your Brain on Joy. It reminded me of the award-winning TV commercial: “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” In addition, who isn’t attracted to the word “joy?”

The book lives up to its title. The doctor is so happy to be able to help people with their seemingly insurmountable problems that he just exudes joy as he presents the material. My favorite story was that of one of the research subjects in the appendix, “The Day I Had My Head Examined.” She describes her experience candidly and with humor.

You can preview the book on Amazon with the “Look Inside” feature. Also, see more about the book on Thomas Nelson Publishers site.

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