248: Can a Beautiful & Durable Hope Be Built? | Dr. Curt Thompson

Dr. Curt Thompson

Dr. Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson is a Christian psychiatrist, working at the intersection of neuroscience and spiritual formation and the bestselling author of The Deepest Place (Zondervan).

Inspired by deep compassion for others and informed from a Christian perspective, psychiatrist he shares fresh insights and practical applications for developing more authentic relationships and fully experiencing our deepest longing: to be known.

Through his workshops, speaking engagements, books, organizational consulting, private clinical practice, and other platforms, he helps people process their longings, grief, identity, purpose, perspective of God, and perspective of humanity, inviting them to engage more authentically with their own stories and their relationships. Only then can they feel truly known and connected and live into the meaningful reality they desire to create.

Curt and his wife, Phyllis, live outside of Washington DC and have two adult children.

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Dr. Curt Thompson shares a personal journey of encountering hope through his faith. He vividly recounts a moment at 13 when he felt discovered by Jesus at a church camp, likening himself to a rusty old Cadillac found by the King.

Dr. Thompson emphasizes the pivotal role of human connection in shaping resilience. His evocative comparison of overcoming childhood fears with the support of loved ones resonates deeply, underscoring the transformative power of enduring presence and love. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Cultivate durable hope that withstands life’s challenges, empowering you to thrive in the face of adversity.

  • Build trust and community, fostering meaningful connections that elevate your sense of belonging and support.

  • Explore the intersection of soul and brain to unlock a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection God created and its impact on hope and resilience.

  • Confront fear and trauma head-on, gaining insights into effective strategies for navigating these challenges with resilience and courage.


“Life is actually formation. We are being formed. The question is, what are the forces to which we are submitting that are forming us?” – Dr. Curt Thompson

“If we’re going to follow Jesus, we’re going to discover that he is going to place a demand on me, because it’s not just about him wanting me to behave right. He wants me to become something. In that sense being loved is not just about me getting what I want. It is about me becoming something that I can’t imagine unless somebody else is seeing it on my behalf.” -Dr. Curt Thompson

“The christian story is the only story in the world that honors suffering, that holds suffering in its proper place.” – Dr. Curt Thompson

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