Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist IVP Readers' Choice AwardWe are people of desire. In The Soul of Desire, psychiatrist Curt Thompson suggests that underneath all our longings is the desire to be known—and what's more, that this fundamental yearning manifests itself in our deep need to make things of beauty, revealing who we are to others. Desire and beauty go hand in hand. But both our craving to be known and our ability to create beauty have been marred by trauma and shame, collapsing our imagination for what God has for us and blinding us to the possibility that beauty could ever emerge from our ashes. Drawing on his work in interpersonal neurobiology and clinical practice, Thompson presents a powerful picture of the capacity of the believing community to reshape our imaginations, hold our desires and griefs together, and invite us into the beauty of God’s presence. The Soul of Desire is a mature, creative work, weaving together neuroscience and spiritual formation to open up new horizons for thinking not only about the nature of the mind, but about what it means to be human.
Foreword by Makoto Fujimura Introduction 1. Desire: A People of Longing 2. Beauty: Desire Made Manifest 3. Beauty: Becoming What We Create 4. Trauma and Shame: A People of Grief 5. Confessional Communities: Telling Our Stories More Truly 6. Imagine That: Looking at What We Don't Yet See 7. Dwell 8. Gaze 9. Inquire 10. Practicing for Heaven: A People of Beauty Acknowledgments Notes