The companion book to the Fruit of the Spirit videos from this website. Ideal for teaching, small group work, or for sermon preparation.


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Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at the School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles and a leading expert in neuroplasticity.
Schwartz, J. (2012). You are not your brain: The 4-step solution for changing bad habits, ending unhealthy thinking, and taking control of your life. New York:Avery.
Also by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz: The Wise Advocate
Click here to watch Dr. Schwartz’s Biola Center for Christian Thought video that elaborates the theology behind the Wise Advocate and nurturing your true self.
How teachers teach is not necessarily how learners learn.  Educators focus on content delivery, but much of the learning process involves affective and behavioral factors.  Veteran educators Muriel and Duane Elmer provide a holistic model for how learning takes place through neuroscience and a Christian framework.
The Learning Cycle: Insights for Faithful Teaching from Neuroscience and the Social Sciences
The Learning Cycle: Insights for Faithful Teaching from Neuroscience and the Social Science by Drs. Muriel and Duane Elmer.
Dr. Caroline Leaf is the bestselling author of Switch on Your Brain, Think Learn Succeed, Think and Eat Yourself Smart, and many more. She teaches at academic, medical and neuroscience conferences, churches, and to various audiences around the world.
Leaf, C. (2015). Switch on Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
Psychiatrist Curt Thompson offers practical applications for developing our Christian faith through the lens of neuroscience. Advocating that while Jesus was a carpenter, he often used the language of farming to draw people into the Way of Love. We can use the language of neuroscience to cultivate the Good News within us and to offer it with others.
Thompson, C. (2021). The soul of desire.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Thompson, C. (2015). The soul of shame. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Whether you preach or would like your pastor to preach with more emphasis on neuroscience, Richard Cox (M.D., Ph.D., D.Min.) illustrates how neuroscience can profoundly help heal our brains and our relationships with God.
Rewiring Your Preaching: How the Brain Processes Sermons
Cox, R. (2012). Rewiring Your Preaching: How the Brain Processes Sermons. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist who also writes from a Christian perspective. A leader on the intersection of Christianity and neuroscience.
The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life
Jennings, T. (2013). The God shaped brain. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Neuroscience from a Roman Catholic Perspective
Sullivan, E., (2021). Habits and holiness: Ethics, theology and biopsychology.  Washington, DC: Catholic University Press.
More Christian Neuroscience Authors
Linthicum, D., & Hicks, J. (2018). Redeeming Dementia: Spirituality, Theology, and Science. New York: Church Publishing.
Sickler, B. (2020). God on the brain. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.
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