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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Each chapter focuses on a specific case, opening with a detailed description of the patients diagnosis and the procedure that will need to be performed, followed by the prayer request. From there, readers get to look over Dr. Levys shoulder as he performs the operation, and then we waitright alongside Dr. Levy, the patients, and their familiesto see the final results.
Dr. Levys 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.
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.
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. Levys 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
Pamela VitkoGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Praying surgeonJanuary 5, 2015Pamela VitkoGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My mom LOVES this book. She recommended it to me so I bought one for me and a few more for gifts. Since mom said it was such a good book I thought I would give it away as gifts also. It is a very good book. I gave it too a co-worker and she really likes it too. Recently I was in a store and I struck up a conversation with the store owner. She is dating a surgeon. I told her about the book and she said she would order it. When I went home I found one copy and returned to the store the next day to give it to her. She may or may not be a Christian but this book is also a great witnessing tool.
JillMedford, NJAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring!January 5, 2013JillMedford, NJAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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!)
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting, well-written bookNovember 3, 2012Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets 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.
chasAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5October 28, 2011chasAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I very much enjoyed the book. It was great reading.
KitKatDoeCedar Rapids, IAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5GodÃ¢â¬â¢s Gift of PrayerAugust 27, 2011KitKatDoeCedar Rapids, IAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Author 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.