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!)
"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.
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.
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.