Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Review: Anatomy of the Soul

Anatomy of the Soul
Curt Thompson. M.D.
Salt River, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

This is the most helpful,insightful book I’ve read in a long time. There’s advice, guidance, explanations and examples to illustrate discussion offered by the author. Best of all, for me anyway, it explains some of what I had suspected about how things work all along. Dr. Thompson links human anatomy and physiology to the spiritual part of our being throughout the text. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. And God uses His creation of the physical body in amazing ways. The author does a great job showing God’s wisdom found in research and the discoveries that science has made recently in neuroscience. Whether science wants to or not, it is describing the wonders of creation.

Read this book. The text will require thought, evaluation, and time to go through. The author’s writing style is quite readable and he covers the material well. While this isn’t a how to or self help book, there are several examples of exercises he recommends to his patients. Most are very simple, but do achieve their goal if they are practiced as prescribed.

If you work with people (who doesn’t?) this book should help you immensely. What makes us tick and why is good to know especially in stressful situations. If you are in the midst of raising children or caring for them, there is some helpful discussion about their way of processing life at different ages. Wish I’d known some of that when mine were younger. I’m sure they would say the same.

The final chapters tie it all together and in a way that makes so much sense you want to cheer. Maybe one of these days the author will develop that material into a longer work. It deserves the attention.

The only thing I didn’t like is that it felt like the first chapter or so kept repeating the same thing, almost as if he was trying to get his footing before he started in earnest. Or maybe I’m just impatient. That could be too.

I’d recommend this book and intend to reread it to glean more from it before I loan it out to friends. A book that merits another read these days is rare. Take advantage of this one.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my written review.


  1. Hello,
    I am publicist for author Curt Thompson, MD. I would like permission for us to possibly use a quote from your review in the testimonials section of his upcoming new website. May we have persmission to quote your review?

    Sara L. Allen

  2. For Sara Allen,
    Use what you like, but Tyndale may have some rights I'm not aware of. Please send me the link if you use any of this.

  3. Many thanks! We are working closely with Tyndale. If used, the quote would be placed as a testimonial on the author's website, which should launch mid-June. You are welcome to check back there at

  4. Hello again - could you share your first name to go with the quote on the author's website?