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Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer . . . One Patient at a Time

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Great story! Touched my heart!

    In the memoir Gray Matter, Dr. David Levy shares his journey to combine medicine and faith. Dr. Levy slowly came to faith over a period of years, but eventually he began to chafe at compartmentalizing his belief in Christ. However, he found that most medical professionals he worked with--especially his fellow surgeons--considered themselves men of science who were above spiritual concerns. Yet he became convinced that God wanted Him to pray aloud with his patients before their surgeries. Initially this idea scared him.

    In spite of his concerns, he writes, "Through all my questions and doubts I felt an inner voice saying to me, 'If you are worried about being misunderstood, I can promise you that you will be. Jesus was. But you still need to do the right thing.'"

    So Dr. Levy chooses a patient and dives in! He describes how he decided which patient to begin with and then his hesitation in praying in front of the nurse. He makes small talk with the family during an excruciating wait for the nurse to leave, and then he asks his patient, "Do you mind if I pray for you?"

    Thus begins his incredible journey. Soon he is praying in front of family members, nurses, technicians, and even his fellow doctors and surgeons--and all with amazing results. The stories he shares of his patients' responses are by turns inspiring, amusing, uplifting, and poignant. With his prayers Dr. Levy ushered in opportunities to lead patients and family members to Christ.

    Here's Dr. Levy's official conclusion on the role of faith in healing: "My goal as a professional is to use my skills and knowledge to help people have the best lives possible, for as long as possible. This includes emotional as well as physical health, because the two are interrelated. Emotions can create health or cause disease, and spiritual health affects emotional health. Laughter and joy are known to restore and encourage health, while bitterness and resentment promote disease. Forgiveness has well-documented health benefits. One's concept of God can cause ongoing joy or ongoing anxiety. These issues are not incidental but are central to health."

    My conclusion? Many folks will be in the kingdom of heaven because of the compassion of this good man.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Gray Matter.....EXCELLENT

    This is a book that pulls at your heart strings and continues to show what and how faith can humble you and move you forward in your lives by guiding you in that way that only Christ can. This is a great story of a brain surgeon (Neuro Surgeon) that learns what it is like to think they can do no wrong until the unexpected happens.....excellent read and makes you think about your own choices in life! Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    I highly recommend this book!

    Such an amazing book!! There are so many fascinating stories. I loved every page!!

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    This is an awsome book. It's good to know not all doctors believ

    This is an awsome book. It's good to know not all doctors believe only in science but in a higher Helper.
    I got this book for FREE on my Sony reader and couldn't put it down.
    Too bad it costs so much here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Encouragement Plus!

    Gray Matter by David Levy was a very encouraging book for me to read. It portrayed the journey of a successful neurosurgeon as he began to share the power of prayer with his patients, then with co-workers, and finally with his peers. His honesty in sharing his own feelings when things did not turn out as he had thought they would was another reminder of who ultimately is in control of life. This is not anything I have personally experienced, but as I read of these interactions I could imagine the increased feeling of peace before entering surgery knowing the surgeon was depending upon God and not his own abilities.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Great read!

    This is a wonderful book about a neurosurgeon who moves from treating just the physical to the spiritual as well. He starts with praying with his patients prior to surgery, to praying with the staff prior to surgery, to really diving into his patients lives- past/current hurts to forgiveness. Great book!

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    inspiring-must read

    Wonderful book-slow beginning but I am thankful I returned to this book one evening when I did not have internet access! Keep reading! Perils in life - God's love and faithfulness- all put in perspective - interesting accounts with power in the message!

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    Terrific inspirational medical story

    Prayer changes the mind of God. I am a firm believer in this. Love the individual stories and the way Dr. Levy counsels people to let go og negative. damaging emotions. Emotions follow thought patterns so how you think or what you dwell on is how you will feel and present to other people. Think about it!

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    one of my favorite books!

    loved the surgery details and of course the prayers

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Highly Recommend - A definite Must Read!

    Dr. Levy has taken his spiritual journey and shared it not only with his patients but to readers as well. From start to finish I was mesmerized.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Wonderful book.....

    This book encouraged me so much! In fact, while I was reading one part, I felt led to ask forgiveness for things I had done to others and to forgive what people had done to me. I am grateful to God for Dr. Levy and feel blessed and thankful that he is following the Lord's leading!

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    GREAT BOOK

    I learned a lot from this book about how my brain works and also about my faith in my God. Thank you for making free on the ebook.
    KJWKV

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    inspirational!

    an amazing book, very interesting and well written. i would recommend it to anyone. read it, its free! you wont regret it

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Great Combination!

    I never thought that prayer and surgery could go so well together. Ive never thought of praying before surgery. but now i understand why Matter likes to so this. there is a possibility that things could go out wrong, but Gray is right. there is always time for prayer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    Excellent

    Very good book. Enjoyed it. Inspiring.

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