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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Friday, September 22, 2017

GOD AND YOUR BRAIN

Ascot Media Group, Inc.

Sep 20 (2 days ago)
to me
Dear Albert Casuga :
How we feel about God can actually impact our mental and physical health, and Christian psychiatrist Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., explains it all in his groundbreaking book, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life.
In easy-to-understand language, Dr. Jennings explains the connection between theology and brain science, and provides a methodology for overcoming unhealthy perceptions of God.
Simply contact me for a complimentary review copy of this thought-provoking book or to schedule an interview with Dr. Jennings, who makes a very compelling guest. I can also send you JPEGs of Jennings and the book cover to accompany this story. Thank you.
Watch Jennings' "God and Your Brain” seminar series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhkYwZQsOYN0P-0EfaefilqtqI1f8wj2s.
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The God-Shaped Brain — A Positive View Of God Can Lead To A Healthier Life
Chattanooga, TN, September 20, 2017 ― Religious beliefs can affect more than spiritual health. In fact, different views about God can actually lead to mental and physical changes. And when God concepts are distorted in some way, the changes can be profoundly negative.
Psychiatrist, international speaker and author Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., has treated thousands of patients struggling with fear, insecurity and unsatisfying relationships. Many of his patients, he found, had as a contributing factor — if not a primary cause — a distorted God construct.
In his enlightening book, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life, Dr. Jennings synthesizes theology with brain science to reveal a wealth of facts, including:
• Beliefs and choices actually change brain circuitry and alter gene expression.
• Unhealthy God concepts (such as worshipping a punitive or authoritative God) activate inflammatory pathways and contribute to physical and mental illness.
• Even if unhealthy concepts of God are practiced only in the imagination, it has damaging effects on the brain.
• Changing an unhealthy God concept to a healthy one can positively impact the mind, body and relationships.
Jennings also introduces his Integrated-Evidenced Based Approach to studying God, which intertwines and harmonizes scripture; God's laws in science and nature; and personal experiences. Jennings uses compelling, real-life stories of healing and transformation to demonstrate how a God concept of love can bring about positive changes, and he provides a methodology for separating healthy beliefs from unhealthy.
The brain is an organ that is constantly developing, and in the book, Jennings illustrates in easy-to-follow language how the brain adapts based on the choices a person makes, the beliefs that are held and the God that is worshipped.
Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified Christian psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, international speaker, author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Life-Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association.
He obtained his M.D. degree in 1990 from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his psychiatric residency at D.D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and has served as the Division Psychiatrist for the 3rd Infantry Division. He is married and lives in Chattanooga where he is in private practice. Jennings is also the President and Founder of Come and Reason Ministries and has served as President of the Southern Psychiatric Association and Tennessee Psychiatric Association.
His other books include Could It Be This Simple? A Biblical Model for Healing the Mind, The Journal of the Watcher, The Remedy New Testament Expanded Paraphrase and the upcoming The God-Shaped Heart: How Correctly Understanding God's Love Transforms Us, due September 2017.

For more information about Dr. Jennings and to hear his lectures, please visit the website: www.comeandreason.com.

The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life
InterVarsity Press
Available from the following online retailers:
https://www.ivpress.com/the-god-shaped-brain
www.amazon.com
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/God+Shaped+Brain?_requestid=832338

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Q & As available on request.
Curt Thompson, M.D., psychiatrist and author of Anatomy of the Soul: "… he takes the reader past the trite, superficial motifs of easy spirituality that clutter our emotional landscapes and grounds you first in the nature of the God of Scripture. He then further explores that in which God grounded the first humans — the body, and namely, the brain. With compelling stories of challenge and transformation, Dr. Jennings deftly weaves together a deeply thoughtful theology of the living Word with the complex nature of the organ that our heart calls home. Read this book to know God more fully. Read this book to know your brain more fully. And see how knowing God will change your brain — and your life — in ways you never thought possible.”
Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., C.E.D.S., and founder, The Center, Inc.: "With amazing clarity, Dr. Jennings cuts through the many divergent God constructs to expose the powerful impact these differing views have upon our brains and bodies. Not everything taught about God is healthy — read this book and learn how your belief about God is changing you.”
Brad Cole, M.D., director of neuroscience education, Loma Linda University School of Medicine: "What makes this book truly remarkable is the artful way Dr. Jennings combines the latest understanding in brain physiology with practical and compelling real-life stories. Although this book is easy to understand for the layperson, the implications Dr. Jennings makes about the design of the human brain, how it can be damaged and how it can be healed are profound. I don't know of another book that so beautifully describes how our minds can be restored back to the way God originally designed them to be.”
Kay Kuzma, Ed.D., president of Family Matters Ministry: "Dr. Tim Jennings has asked the troublesome questions about God's character and answered them in a simple and compelling way that clears away the lies about him so that you find yourself falling deeper in love with him. It's a must-read for every inquiring mind. Once you understand the physiology of the brain and how it responds to love versus selfishness, as explained by Dr. Jennings, you will realize that the choice for love is the only one that will renew the mind and result in good mental health.”
Michael Lyles, M.D., Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting: "It has been said that our thoughts reflect who we are (Proverbs 23:7). Dr. Jennings challenges us with a synthesis of neurobiology and theology that elaborates on this concept.”
Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors: "If you are ready to take your relationship with God to the next level, if you are ready to move closer to the source of all truth, if you are ready for an evidence-based approach to knowing God, this book is for you. Dr. Jennings' patient cases and illustrations make complex ideas simple and easy to understand as he powerfully documents, through brain science, how our beliefs about God change us.”












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