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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Prof. Gena St. David’s The Brain and The Spirit details neuroscience insights on Christian kindness, creativity, and forgiveness.


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.
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.
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.
The Catholic Theological Union’s Preaching with the Sciences
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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