Book Review: Think and Make it Happen by Dr. Augusto Cury

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This month I read the book “Think and make it Happen” by Dr. Augusto Cury for the Thomas Nelson bloggers review. Cury is one of the country’s top psychiatrists, and he has written this book as an explanation of his program for conquering anxiety, negative thoughts, panic attacks and so on. For each principle of emotional health, the author also discusses how the ultimate role model, Jesus, exhibited this emotional health. This gives a unique slant to reading the scriptures: looking through a psychiatric lens.

Each of the principles builds on the others, and so should be moved through in order by anyone hoping to overcome issues in their life. The principles are:

  1. Be the author of your own story.
  2. Direct your thoughts.
  3. Manage your emotions.
  4. Protect your memory.
  5. Learn to listen and dialogue.
  6. Learn the art of self-dialogue.
  7. Contemplate beauty.
  8. Unleash creativity.
  9. Be restored in your sleep.
  10. Live an enterprising lifestyle.
  11. Think existentially.
  12. Turn life into a celebration.

Perhaps the most useful technique Cury discusses in the principles is that of DCD: doubt, criticize and determine. This technique helps us re-edit our own lives, looking at past events with new eyes. Most people who struggle with these issues will point to events in their past that have limited, ruined, or distracted them. Using the DCD method helps these people see their true esteem and the validity — or invalidity — of their histories.

Another interesting feature of each chapter is the vast store of personal stories the doctor has to tell about each principle: patients he has treated, people he has known who have either conquered their anxiety or fallen to it. The sense of not being alone, of walking a well-known path, is comforting.

Is this a book for everyone? Probably not. Not everyone will be dealing with these issues in such an intense, therapeutic way. But if you have a friend or family member walking through these waters — or if you, yourself, struggle with putting a proper perspective on your past — than Cury’s book gives a good scriptural basis for beginning your journey toward health.

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I’m focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.