The ReWired Brain

The ReWired Brain: Free Yourself of Negative Behaviors and Release Your Best Self (Baker, 2016)

I enjoyed The ReWired Brain because it helps in understanding how the brain works and why we make the decisions we do. With this knowledge, the book offers the insight that although we have “System 1” part of our brains that is more automatic, we also have a “System 2” mind that can override it. This second part offers the hope we have for change and healing through a “rewiring” our thinking. The book is full of stories—including the author’s own mini-autobiography—which illustrate how we can rewire our brains to live in balance with both systems. I appreciated Ski’s biblical worldview and the emphasis on fully expressing one’s story—both to others and to God—as well as owning one’s own self-focus.

The book seems to target an audience broader than Christians—which is great. Nevertheless, as a Baker publication I looked for a greater emphasis on how the Bible says we are to rewire our brains—a concept Scripture calls the “renewal of the mind.” This choice of redirecting our thinking through Scriptural meditation is one of the key disciplines we do in order to grow into who God intends us to be (Rom. 12:1-2; Philip. 4:8; Col. 3:1ff; etc.). For example, Paul’s struggle in Romans 7 was much more than a System 1 & 2 struggle— it was a spiritual struggle against the sinful nature.

Although the concept of renewal and repentance (which means “a change of mind”) is present throughout The ReWired Brain, a deeper discussion of the replete biblical directives to do so would have made this great book even better by underpinning its principles in God’s Word in addition to science, experience, and common sense.

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