Best Spirituality Book for Depression: “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Journey” by Jill Bolte Taylor


Best Spirituality Book for Depression: My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor

I don’t know why My Stroke of Insight isn’t more well-known. The book is touching, well-written–and unique.

Can this book help me overcome depression?

Possibly. The author offers practical, relatively original ideas for changing your ingrained mind patterns.

Does it address depression specifically?

The memoirist does discuss her own roller coaster of emotions, but the book is certainly not prescriptive.

What does it say that can help?

For those who don’t know the book, here’s the plot description from Amazon:

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by “stepping to the right” of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by “brain chatter.” Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah’s online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

To what degree do you think this book can help me overcome depression?

Depression effectiveness rating: 3 on a scale of 1-10

Where can I find it?

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey on Amazon

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey on Goodreads

Jill Bolte Taylor on Wikipedia

Official Website of Jill Bolte Taylor


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