Neuroscience and the Fruit of Spirit

Neuroscience and the Fruit of Spirit by Fr. Bryan Spoon is a guide for understanding the physiological basis for spirituality and ethical behavior. Drawing from his own experience as an Episcopal priest and hospital chaplain, Fr. Bryan offers a dialogue between modern neuroscience and the Bible to reveal the physiological changes that occur when life is centered on love, joy, peace and other fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). He shows how our spiritual practices can reshape the brain and lead us to health and wholeness. All the author’s royalties from the book will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital.

This is a really cool book. Virtue meets theology meets neuroscience meets personal growth. As one makes the journey through the book, one learns how fundamental dispositions that lead to a life living the fruit of the Spirit are made possible by this remarkable brain of ours. With exercises at the end of each chapter, this is a book that can be truly transformative. You will not simply know more about yourself, you will be more fully the self that God intended.”

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, PhD – Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics

Fr. Bryan will also be presenting on this topic at Forma21: Embodying Spiritual Practices.  Forma is the Network for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Church and beyond. The Forma21 gathering from January 26-28th will include opportunities for leaders to experience community and learning through curated worship, wisdom, and workshop offerings. More information about Forma21 is available here.  Fr. Bryan’s website contains many neuroscience resources to help you learn, teach, or preach how God’s love, joy, and peace.

You can find Neuroscience and the Fruit of Spirit on Amazon.

The Rev. Bryan Spoon is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.  He ministers as a pediatric staff chaplain at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.  Both he and his wife Elisabeth are ordained priests within The Diocese of West Missouri and graduates of Virginia Theological Seminary.