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    DescriptionGod is great--for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Based on new evidence culled from brain-scan studies, a wide-reaching survey of people's religious and spiritual experiences, and the authors' analyses of adult drawings of God, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and therapist Mark Robert Waldman offer the following breakthrough discoveries: - Not only do prayer and spiritual practice reduce stress, but just twelve minutes of meditation per day may slow down the aging process. - Contemplating a loving God rather than a punitive God reduces anxiety and depression and increases feelings of security, compassion, and love. - Fundamentalism, in and of itself, can be personally beneficial, but the prejudice generated by extreme beliefs can permanently damage your brain. - Intense prayer and meditation permanently change numerous structures and functions in the brain, altering your values and the way you perceive reality. Both a revelatory work of modern science and a practical guide for readers to enhance their physical and emotional health, How God Changes Your Brain is a first-of-a-kind book about faith that is as credible as it is inspiring.


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    Title
    How God Changes Your Brain
    Subtitle
    Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew B. Newberg, By (author) Mark Robert Waldman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345503428
    ISBN 10: 0345503422
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    B&T General Subject: 670
    B&T Approval Code: A11220000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25200
    LC classification: QP
    BISAC V2.8: MED057000, PSY020000
    B&T Approval Code: A13116500
    DC22: 612.8
    Abridged Dewey: 612
    BISAC V2.8: OCC011020
    Thema V1.0: JMM, MKJ, PSAN
    Illustrations note
    Charts/Photos throughout
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Ballantine Books Inc.
    Publication date
    27 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Andrew Newberg, M.D., is the director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the founders of the new interdisciplinary field called neurotheology. He is an associate professor in the department of radiology, with secondary appointments in the departments of psychiatry and religious studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been featured on "Good Morning America, Nightline, Discovery Channel, BBC, NPR," and "National Geographic Television." He is the co-author of Why God Won't Go Away, "Born to Believe," and "The Mystical Mind." Mark Robert Waldman is an associate fellow at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a therapist, the author or co-author of ten books, including "Born to Believe "(with Andrew Newberg), and was the founding editor of "Transpersonal Review." He lectures throughout the country on neuroscience, religion, and spirituality and conducts research with numerous religious and secular groups. His work has been featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines and on syndicated radio programs. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "To this musty debate, Newberg, perhaps America's leading expert on the neurological basis of religion, brings a fresh perspective. His new book summarizes several years of groundbreaking research on the biological basis of religious experience. And it offers plenty to challenge skeptics and believers alike."--Michael Gerson's editorial dedicated to the book for The Washington Post "The authors present an elaborate, engaging meditation program to reduce anger and fear and increase serenity and love. They embrace faith (not necessarily religious), diversity, tolerance, and "compassionate communication. . . . A substantial advance in the self-help/spirituality genre and an excellent choice for general collections."--"Library Journal"" " "Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman give us a magnificent, comprehensive explanation of how spiritual beliefs and experiences enhance changes in our brains and yield better health and well-being. They bring science and religion closer together."--Herbert Benson, M.D., author of "The Relaxation Response" "How God Changes Your Brain is a highly practical, easy-to-read guide on the interface between spirituality and neuroscience, filled with useful information that can make your brain and your life better, starting today!"--Daniel G. Amen, M.D. author of "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life " "Not since William James's "The Varieties of Religious Experience" has there been a work that so exquisitely integrates science and spirituality. Newberg and Waldman have written a book that is wise, up-to-date, scholarly, mature, and imaginative. At the same time it is a down-to-earth work that will surely inspire repeated readings."--George Vaillant, M.D., author of "Spiritual Evolution" "How God Changes Your Brain boldly explores the relationship between the structure of our brains and our ability not only to experience but to cultivate innate compassion and deep inner peace." --Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., author