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Dr. W. Lee Warren

Neurosurgeon, Iraq War veteran, and author of I've Seen the End of You

  • About W. Lee Warren

    Dr. W. Lee Warren is a brain surgeon, Iraq War veteran, and writer. His writing and lectures focus on neuroscience, the negative and positive effects of thinking on the brain, and the duality of maintaining hope and religious faith while treating patients who are facing death.

    In I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, Dr. W. Lee Warren explores his struggle—as a man of science and also a man of faith—to maintain hope when all seems lost. He addresses the delicate balance of caring for patients with credibility and integrity when their mortality is an unavoidable fact. By sharing stories of unforgettable patients and lessons they taught their physician, Dr. Warren posits that the deadliest disease of all is hopelessness. He demonstrates how we can choose positivity even in the darkest hours of suffering, and how faith can completely transform our circumstances. His memoir is the winner of the 2021 Christan Book Award for Biography and Memoir.

    Dr. Warren hosts The Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, a faith- and science-based show with weekly tips on how to lead a healthier, better, happier life. One of his other books, No Place to Hide—which provides an account of his time treating trauma victims in the Air Force in Iraq—was included on the 2015 US Air Force Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. He lives in Nebraska.

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    The Neuroscience of Faith

    Renowned neurologist Dr. W. Lee Warren has been studying the power of the human brain for many years. In this illuminating talk, he explains how the brain is wired and deciphers how faith, doubt, anxiety, fear, and loss affect the workings of the mind. Further, Dr. Warren parses out the often interconnected emotions of faith, doubt, and fear, and shows how we can use the power of neuroscience to move from fear to faith.

    It's All in Your Head: Using Hope and Creativity to Strengthen the Mind

    Our thoughts and experiences intrinsically affect our neurochemistry. Dr. W. Lee Warren is no stranger to this, as a neurosurgeon and trauma specialist with firsthand experience researching the effects of negative and positive thinking on the human brain. Dr. Warren shows audiences how things like faith, drive, and creativity—or a lack thereof—have lasting effects on the physical body, our overall health, and our relationships with other people. He provides a glimpse at how having an outlook of meaning and purpose can vastly improve brain function under adverse circumstances, and, ultimately, posits that hopelessness is deadlier than the most malignant illnesses.

    Self-Brain Surgery: Change Your Thoughts, Transform Your Mind

    You can’t change your life until you change your mind. In this powerful lecture, Dr. Warren offers several techniques and tools to perform “self-brain surgery”—the concept of altering and reframing one’s mindset in order to positively transform one’s neurochemistry.

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    Praise for I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

    Dr. Lee Warren has a rarified vantage point, for he makes a living by entering the most secluded—and most sacred—part of a person: the human brain. The patients in this book have stories worthy of a novel, and Dr. Warren does them justice, describing their medical crises in gripping prose while also facing the questions that emerge to test his faith.

    Philip Yancey, author of What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew

    Is this book worth your time? A few questions will help you decide: Do you appreciate fine writing? Are you willing to have your faith stirred? Would you like to eavesdrop on the thoughts of a brilliant surgeon? Could you benefit from some warm, vibrant, incisive contemplations about this difficult, untidy, wonderful thing called human life? If you answered yes to any or all of these, you are holding the right book. Enjoy it. I certainly did.

    Max Lucado, pastor and best-selling inspirational author

    With the death rate still at 100 percent, we all will face hard conversations and experiences with ones we love. The pain will always come. But having someone who can explain the pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—from the inside is invaluable. I’ve Seen the End of You gives us that kind of help. It’s a difficult read at times because of Lee’s honest wrestling with the questions we face at these moments—which is why we can trust him as a guide. He even helps us with the tough conversations with God because he’s been there too. As a hospital chaplain who has conversations every day like the ones Lee describes, I’m grateful for what this book teaches me and those of us who face death daily.

    Dr. Jon Swanson, chaplain at Parkview Regional Medical Center

    As I lay nearly lifeless on a gurney in early April 2005 in Balad, Iraq, God used Dr. Warren’s expertise, tenderness, encouragement, grace, and love to save my life. And now, in this book, Dr. Warren’s words are not only encouraging but also thought provoking as he helps us all understand our individual purpose on this amazing journey of life. I urge everyone to read I’ve Seen the End of You because your life will be forever changed.

    Scotty Smiley, author of Hope Unseen and CEO of Bellator Asset Management

    Dr. Lee Warren’s book is so well written that it will be hard to put down. It will challenge you and encourage you to live life to the fullest, never doubting that we have a great Creator who has a remarkable purpose for us all. A must-read!

    Tiffany Smiley, president of Hope Unseen, founder of More Than Me, and advocate for veterans and caregivers
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