Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer  -     By: David Levy, Joel Kilpatrick
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Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer

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Is there a connection between prayer and healing? Neurosurgeon Levy thinks so. Blending medical drama, scientific exploration, and spiritual insight, he shares how he prays with his patients before performing operations. His musings on what successful and unsuccessful surgical results imply about God, faith, and prayer are honest, moving, and inspiring. 288 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: David Levy
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414339755
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A perfect blend of medical drama and spiritual insight, Gray Matter is a fascinating account of Dr. David Levy’s decision to begin asking his patients if he could pray for them before surgery. Some are thrilled. Some are skeptical. Some are hostile, and some are quite literally transformed by the request.
Each chapter focuses on a specific case, opening with a detailed description of the patient’s diagnosis and the procedure that will need to be performed, followed by the prayer “request.” From there, readers get to look over Dr. Levy’s shoulder as he performs the operation, and then we wait—right alongside Dr. Levy, the patients, and their families—to see the final results.
Dr. Levy’s musings on what successful and unsuccessful surgical results imply about God, faith, and the power of prayer are honest and insightful. As we watch him come to his ultimate conclusion that no matter what the results of the procedure are, “God is good,” we cannot help but be truly moved and inspired.

Author Info

David Levy, MD practices neuro and endovascular surgery at the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in San Diego, California. His articles have been published in a variety of neurosurgical journals, and he is an accomplished and engaging speaker and presenter. In his off time, David enjoys jogging and playing beach volleyball near his home in San Diego.
Joel Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in Time magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Radio, The Dallas Morning News and many other newspapers and magazines. He lives in southern California with his wife and children.

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Dr. David Levy's Gray Matter tells the story of how Levy, a practicing neurosurgeon, boldly bridges the gap between medicine and religion by praying with patients, nurses, and fellow doctors. The title Gray Matter not only refers to the grayish hue of brain tissue, but also refers to religion's ambiguous role in modern healthcare. Most doctors view religion as admission of weakness or superstition, so they trust in the power of surgery over the power of prayer. As a newly dedicated Christian, Levy felt convicted by God to go beyond his role as a physician. He began offering his patients prayer and spiritual guidance.

Levy's stories about his encounters with patients serve as witnesses to the power of faith and religion, which often impact his patients' lives more than any surgical procedure could. Levy loads his chapters with detailed descriptions of highly delicate brain surgeries, the results of which frequently hold spiritual implications to Levy and his patients. As one of the top neurosurgeons in California, Levy identifies himself as a Christian seeking to share his faith in a generally godless work environment.

As Levy begins to pray with his patients, he discovers that spiritual health is closely connected to physical health, and that letting go of anger and learning to forgive can often relieve people of serious physical problems. "I have seen so many positive results from prayer that I'm convinced they go beyond any physical or psychological explanation," says Levy. Levy’s faith in prayer's ability is in direct agreement with James 5:15 which says, "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up."

Gray Matter gives a fascinating peek into the advanced field of neurosurgery, and its message that God is alive and at work is very comforting. Although the surgical descriptions can be a bit lengthy, Levy describes the procedures clearly for those with little medical knowledge, and his interactions with his patients and their families are riveting. This book is recommended for all Christians, especially those in the medical field and those seeking evidence of the power of prayer. – Nicholas Van Heest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Medford, NJ
    Age: Over 65
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    Inspiring!
    January 5, 2013
    Jill
    Medford, NJ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Lord is using Dr. Levy in a mighty way! He stepped out in faith and courage to pray over his patients, and if he can do this, why can't we say a word for our Lord? A very inspiring book. (And Dr. Levy will be at our church for a Christian Forum in February! We will get to meet him in person!)
  2. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting, well-written book
    November 3, 2012
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Gray Matter" is an autobiography about a neurosurgeon's journey of faith and how his willingness to follow God's leading to reach out in faith has transformed how he practices medicine. It's very suspenseful. We follow specific cases from the consultation and Levy's offer to pray (or talk about forgiveness), how they respond, him performing the procedure, and waiting to see how the patient came out of the surgery. The surgery scenes weren't gory unless talk about veins, arteries, coils, and glue get to you.

    I found the book very touching and encouraging. I usually don't read books where the author is on the cover as the focus if often totally on them. However, this book was as much about each patient and on God working in their and the author's life as it was about Levy. Levy came across as humble and open as he told about his failures as well as his successes. He discussed how he came to add prayer to his medical practice and then later offer to help walk certain patients through forgiving others.

    Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks it sounds interesting. It's very much a Christian book, but the author came across as genuinely concerned for others, not condemning, so even non-Christians might enjoy it.
  3. Age: Over 65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 28, 2011
    chas
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    I very much enjoyed the book. It was great reading.
  4. Cedar Rapids, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    God’s Gift of Prayer
    August 27, 2011
    KitKatDoe
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Author David Levy's book is very insightful on prayer and his approach on how to pray. The renowned neurosurgeon faced down his own inner critics only to face down his colleagues and found his threshold to courage as a new foundation. Dr. Levy then brings in his approach of asking patients if there might be someone they need to forgive. As risky as that might be for a physician, the results Dr. Levy has reported in changed lives, let alone surgical successes, is amazing. There are several stories shared of how God answered Dr. Levy's prayers during his surgical procedures, in ways that it was only God being the miraculous. Dr. Levy is quick to point out that not every procedure is 100% positive just because of prayer, but the guidance of God's peace and wisdom is a tremendous help, to both he and the patient and family. This is an excellent book for all to read on both the functional and inspirational use of prayer in every day life.

    This was a book I reviewed for Tyndale House Publishers.
  5. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Powerful and Inspiring
    August 19, 2011
    4gka
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dr. David Levy is an amazing doctor that stepped out of a comfort zone to live his faith with action.

    Not only does Dr. Levy practice his faith, he also made a deliberate effort to share that faith.

    I found myself admiring this doctor and wish there were more doctors like him (especially my doctors)that believed in the power of prayer. Dr. Levy readily admits that all he is and all he does is a blessing, a gift that is not his to keep, and he has found that his patients not only do much better with prayer their recovery is more complete. He knows that there are times that no matter what effort given or how many prayers are said that there will be times that it's not in Dr. Levy hands. Those times are very difficult for Dr. Levy as he feels any loss as a personal loss, one that he feels from the deepest part of himself.

    I plan to give my doctor a copy of this book, and I imagine that my doctor will not be the only one to receive it.
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