The God-Shaped Heart
How Correctly Understanding God's Love Transforms Us
How God's love will transform every area of your life
The key to our health and happiness is love--God's love for us and our love for others. It seems simple, but we are experts at complicating things. Instead of living lives characterized by love, we find ourselves trapped in cycles of shame, violence, and addiction that steal our joy and keep us from loving others--so much so that, by all indications, Christians are living no differently than anyone else when it comes to abuse rates, use of pornography, alcohol and drug addiction, and more.
Christian psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Jennings wants to release us from this prison. In The God-Shaped Heart, Dr. Jennings exposes a single idea, misunderstood and deeply rooted within Christianity, that has prevented millions of believers in God from experiencing the freedom and healing of His unfailing love.
"Dr. Jennings's careful scholarship and moving stories will inspire you to live, heal, and succeed via a transformed heart, loving both God and others well. Highly recommended."--John Townsend, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Boundaries, founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling
"Incisive and kind, practical and generous. . . . For those who long for God's world of goodness and beauty, this is a book where that longing is waiting to be discovered."--Curt Thompson, MD, author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame
"The God-Shaped Heart is a book for anyone whose heart has been damaged by a Christianity focused on fear and punishment. . . . Tim Jennings does not simply want to change your mind, he also wants to change your heart."--Derek Flood, author of Disarming Scripture
Timothy R. Jennings, MD, has been in private practice as a Christian psychiatrist and certified master psychopharmacologist since 1997 and has spent more than two decades researching the interface between biblical principles and modern brain science. He is a highly sought-after lecturer and international speaker and the author of The God-Shaped Brain. Dr. Jennings is in private practice in Tennessee.
"The world is wired for love, made in the image of a loving God, and Dr. Tim Jennings's new book shows us what this love should look like. It is an excellent handbook for loving God, ourselves, and our neighbors!"
Dr. Caroline Leaf, cognitive neuroscientist, author, speaker, and TV host of The Dr. Leaf Show
"God designed us to navigate life's decisions at the highest level, operating from his law of love. Yet we so often default to simply trying harder, and it never works. Dr. Jennings's careful scholarship and moving stories will inspire you to live, heal, and succeed via a transformed heart, loving both God and others well. Highly recommended."
John Townsend, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Boundaries, founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling
"Those who have discovered Tim Jennings's work to be transformational will find in The God-Shaped Heart yet another thirst-quenching spring for parched souls. Jennings offers a needed contribution to the community of faith that is erudite, accessible, and above all, useful in the renewal of the mind. Incisive and kind, practical and generous, our guide awakens us to God's design--and desire--for us as humans. For those who long for God's world of goodness and beauty, this is a book where that longing is waiting to be discovered."
Curt Thompson, MD, author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame
"The God-Shaped Heart is a book for anyone whose heart has been damaged by a Christianity focused on fear and punishment. It's a call for people to move beyond law, beyond reactivity, and most importantly beyond a low-level moral development and to grow into a complex, mature, responsible, and compassionate faith. The book is theologically and biblically solid and draws from many deep insights of neuroscience and human development. But beyond all this, what makes Jennings uniquely qualified to lead us into this rich and mature faith is that he speaks from experience--the experience of a lifetime working with people in his psychiatry practice and helping them move toward healing. Tim Jennings does not simply want to change your mind, he wants to change your heart."
Derek Flood, author of Disarming Scripture
"Dr. Jennings beautifully illustrates how the love of God through Jesus has the power to transform hearts and minds. As always, Dr. Jennings takes complex ideas and makes them remarkably accessible and practical. This book is hopeful and will clarify the most important concepts about God and his work to heal and restore our broken world."
Brad Cole, MD, associate professor of neurology at Loma Linda University
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