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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not quite what I needed, 4 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Switch On Your Brain: The Key To Peak Happiness, Thinking, And Health (Paperback)
This is a popular-level retelling of Leaf's thinking and practice in neuroscience and related psychology. Set in the context of her Christian faith and her understanding of what Scripture has to say about the mind, her material is fascinating. However, it was clearly simplified for a market with no neuroscientific background. Whilst I am very grateful for this on one level(!), it did also mean that I found the book disappointing. The scientific explanations proffered did not seem to hold together as well as one might hope and at times I was left very confused because there seems to be logical links missing in these explanations. The second part of the book contained practical exercises to 'switch on your brain'. These exercises, which seem to relate broadly to the concept of cognitive behavioural therapy, were interesting but again inadequately explained and thus not of great use. I wish that I could be more positive about this book as I really wanted to read something helpful about neuroscience and psychology and how it interacts with a Scriptural understanding of the mind and being - but this was not that book!

I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in return for a fair review.
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