Your Faithful Brain: Designed for So Much More!

Leonard Matheson, PhD



“Joy is the designed state of a faithful brain, fully integrated with God, within itself and with others. Joy erupts as we are fully engaged in the moment. If we are well-loved and cared for, we experience joy often when we are young. Joy is the usual state of a faithful brain, erupting when we are fully integrated with God, within ourselves, and with each other.”

~ Dr. Len Matheson, Your Faithful Brain




Using more than four hundred recent neuroscientific references, Dr. Matheson makes the case for the life and teaching of Jesus as your optimal path to brain health and fitness. Dr. Matheson explains how to handle anxiety, depression, and trauma and move toward Jesus’ promise of “life to the full.” Thought-provoking and exciting, Your Faithful Brain aligns neuroscience with the Biblical narrative of redemption. Faith and neuroscience belong together, because your spiritual and physical lives must be integrated to optimize health and longevity. To explore this concept more in depth choose one or both of these resources.


Your Faithful Brain, chapter 11 – download a excerpt from the book
Your Faithful Brain, chapter 11 – listen to an audio version

Reviews for Your Faithful Brain; Designed for So Much More!


This is a truly amazing book.


Len Matheson, with his many years of experience in working with people in counseling and brain rehabilitation has connected the stunning insights of contemporary neuroscience with the larger framework of God’s purpose for us. Weaving together his own story of discovery of the truth and relevance of Christianity and many fascinating stories of people he has helped in therapy towards healing and hope, he carries us along with an education in the function of the brain that is complex but always creatively explained and illustrated. He shows how the brain needs relationships of love and grace to function effectively and how, as we follow the example and values of the only perfect man, Jesus, we move towards becoming more truly human and integrated.  This is a great example of demonstrating in numerous ways how science and faith are not enemies but deeply woven together in the order of God’s creation. A huge number of sources are referenced for further study and his own website and Faithful Brain Institute are often quoted as a practical ongoing source of education, research and therapy.

— Dr. Richard Winter, Professor of Applied Theology and Counseling, Director of Counseling Program, Covenant Theological Seminary


Easy to read and refreshing.


This is an amazing book that takes research on the brain and combines it with scripture. It combines two area’s of my life that are important and blends them together in a way that is easy to read and refreshing. the world needs to understand this connection for us to achieve real peace. Louise Lynch

— Louis Lynch, Amazon Book Review



A debut treatise about finding greater mental health through spiritual renewal.


Psychologist Matheson uniquely ties one’s faith in God to the health of one’s brain. Rather than compartmentalizing faith and neurological functions as separate concepts, he connects the two inextricably, noting that “[e]very choice you make changes your brain.” Therefore, he says, “sinful” actions degrade it, and positive actions assist it. He asserts that because God designed the brain, one’s faith in him, and how well one follows his precepts, improves its functionality. He goes on to say that Jesus, as a perfect, sinless man, would have had the perfect human brain, so he should be the prime example for others to follow; believers, he says, should study Scripture to get a fuller understanding of Jesus’ psychological health. Matheson structures his work around the idea of “the faithful brain,” which he defines as “one fully integrated with God, within itself, and with others, optimizing its design.” He backs up his work with a wide variety of case studies featuring patients suffering from such maladies as post-traumatic stress disorder and seizures. In addition, he draws upon a full array of neurological concepts—neuroplasticity, epigenesis, and many others—and discusses each in a nonthreatening manner that’s easy to comprehend. Overall, this work is compassionate and uplifting, and any reader may be moved by the author’s sincere desire to better the lives of those who suffer. It wouldn’t be surprising if other experts disagree with his conclusions, however, and certainly there’s room for debate regarding the science behind this study. That aside, Matheson’s book is successful as a self-help work: he offers laypeople meaningful food for thought, direction for spiritual and mental health, and encouragement that one can overcome even the most entrenched mental and psychological problems.

A well-presented religious study of the brain.

— Kirkus Book Reviews

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Wonderful Book!


Wonderful book! Easy to read and understand. Uplifting and encouraging. No matter where you stand on the science vs faith spectrum, this book will inspire you. It offers hope and reassurance for each of us. It is written with humility, gratitude, and the wisdom that comes from learning from one’s mistakes.

— Jill Eldridge, Amazon Book Review



Leonard Matheson, PhD, is a neurorehabilitation psychologist who helps people recover from devastating trauma, injury, and chronic pain. After 15 years as a professor and scientist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Matheson is now on the adjunct faculty in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Covenant Theological Seminary. His clinical and scientific work led to his deep appreciation of God’s design of the human brain. He is an award-winning educator and innovator who explains difficult ideas that non-scientists can understand.

Radio Interview

Listen to Dr. Matheson discuss his book, Your Faithful Brain with J Douglas Barker on the Indie Book Publishing radio show.