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

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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414351742
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 346,950
  • File size: 420 KB

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    A lovely book

    Working in the medical field myself, I found this book to be very insightful and interesting. Although Dr. Levy and I do not share the same religious beliefs, I have also found this book to be faith strengthening and soul fortifying. I'd highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Really wanted to like this book

    I am in the medical field and I really wanted to like this book and this just did not happen... 2 stars

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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 February 27, 2012

    Very Inspirational Book

    This is the story of a neurologist in LA who tells the stories of his patients he has operated on and how his faith has affected his practice. It is a very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    BOOOOOOOOOORINNNNNNG a waste of money!

    i only made it half way thru the book....this dr is quite full of himself and his "conversion" practices before surgery. Gifted he is,boring the book is .

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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

    Power of Prayer

    Gray Matter by David Levy, MD is about a neurosurgeon who decides to pray with his patients. Seems simple enough - prayer, not a big deal, right? Well, not in the medical world. We must remember that doctors are scientists and (often, not always) scientists have a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea of God (let alone putting their trust in Him).


    We have been blessed with Christian doctors for our sons and myself. Dr. B delivered both of my boys and gave me all of my prenatal, postpartum care, and did all well-baby check-ups, etc for my kids. My most memorable moments in the delivery rooms (after meeting my children) were the prayers said. When Moose was born, things weren't going so smoothly so Dr. B had us stop everything and had Big A pray. We started Squirt's delivery with a prayer. That's exactly what should happen in a delivery room - God is giving you a gift and we should ask for His help and thank Him for the blessing. And even our new doctor, Dr. T, is a Christian, so I feel super blessed to have medical professionals in our lives who know that they rely on a higher power.


    But I realize that too often medicine and spirituality don't mix. Something that struck me in Gray Matter was that Dr. Levy often shared with his patients (especially those who had ailments that couldn't be identified with a diagnosis) that often bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment lead to physical ailments. And often the letting go of anger and forgiving those who have hurt you can result in a "cure" (not all the time but some of the time). I was amazed at the results for his patients!


    God doesn't answer all prayers - He sees the forest while we only see the trees. Too often this feels like He's forgotten us or mad at us, when in fact it's just all in His design. Dr. Levy focuses on moments like this, when a patient is paralyzed, when tragedies strike even when prayer is offered up. I enjoyed Dr. Levy's honesty in that he, too, questioned God and was angry. Then he realized that God is always good, no matter the outcome of surgeries.


    What a blessing Dr. Levy has been to his patients and coworkers. What a gift from God that there are doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who are willing to pray with patients, to see that there is a God who is bigger than they, and it's such a testimony to the awesome power of the Lord.


    I'll be honest, sometimes there were parts in this book that were hard to get through. Although I recommend this book, some of the medical lingo gets too much for me, and sometimes it was just a drudge to get through. That sounds awful but I really do think that overall this is a book worth reading and it is well-written. I've just been reading too much fluffy material lately so this wasn't as fluffy (which is good).

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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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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Great book about things that are "real life" to us!

    This is a heart touching book. Is it not a shame that we are all so afraid to mention God's name in public. What a compelling account of a man who just happens to be a brain surgeon and realizes and is willing to embrace the power of God in his life and his life's work. Reading this has once again give me more hope that our world still has people living and working in it that have great faith and are open to God's use of them to reach other people's hearts.
    Stress and worry really are killers. We never know what burdens the people we meet every day are carrying around. Kindness does not cost us one penny and makes you feel so good to pass it on to other humans.
    Dr. Levy, thank you for sharing your fatih!

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