The Brain and the Spirit


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Cascade Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.72 pounds

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About the Author

Gena St. David is Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Director of the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.


"St. David is a thoughtful observer and generous teacher who is always asking how we might say 'yes' to the Spirit. This book is an answer: beautifully imagined, beautifully written, at once deeply theological and deeply scientific, this faithful attempt to reconcile our brains and our souls will offer beauty to anyone who reads it."

--Greg Garrett, author of A Long Long Way: Hollywood's Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation

"St. David takes us on pilgrimage through the brain of a Christian, pointing out where neurons are firing and where transformation is happening as the good news does its work. Her curiosity, creativity, facility with neuroscience, and deep affection for the elements of the Christian faith are all on display as she helps us see why trust, forgiveness, and integration in Christ are also patterns of an emotionally healthy life."

--Anthony D. Baker, Professor of Systematic Theology, Seminary of the Southwest

"The consummate storyteller, with the elegant aesthetics of ancient tapestry, the dramatic romance of a symphonic maestro, the contemplative energies of desert amas, and the mathematical insights of a quantum physicist, Gina St. David integrates neuroscience, Scripture, art, poetry, and theology to grapple with how we perceive God, signal trust, and embrace the capacity to forgive. Dr. St. David's lyrical, intimate, rhythmic style of quiet listening and inspired writing makes reading the systematic theological categories of creation, humanity, sin, Christ, salvation, Spirit, and the body of Christ (church) meaningful and accessible. This volume, which engages autobiographical, contemplative spirituality is a must-read for academicians and laypersons alike interested in the connections between lived spirituality, contemplation, trauma, and stress management toward embodied forgiveness, where one loves with an open heart."

--Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, author of Baptized Rage, Transformed Grief: I Got Through, So Can You

"In a time of rampant distrust and widespread trauma, this is a book we desperately need. Gena St. David combines scientific savvy with spiritual insight to help us imagine what healing, trust, and transformation can look like. She carries us along as she makes her own story a bridge between the narratives of Scripture and the insights of science. She is a gifted writer, a first-rate storyteller, and a careful researcher. I'll never see my brain the same way again! If all truth is God's truth, then St. David is helping the rest of us pull diverse pieces of that truth together in unexpected ways. Readers who enter from the world of psychology will be invited to contemplate the mystery that exceeds observation. Readers who enter from the world of spirituality will be invited to engage the science that can explain us to ourselves and make us more compassionate toward others. Reading this book is an invitation to joy."

--Scott Bader-Saye, Academic Dean, Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology, Seminary of the Southwest