Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gray Matter by David Levy, MD with Joel Kilpatrick - Reviewed

About the Book: (from Tyndale publisher)
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.

My Thoughts:

“That sense of challenge is also a major reason that I pray – not because I lock confidence but because I am realistic about what I am able to do and confident about what God is able to do.” (p. 14)

Dr. David Levy’s statement on page 14 beautifully encapsulates the humble servant’s heart with which he serves his patients and his Lord. Gray Matter is one of the most interesting, encouraging and thoughtful books that I have read in a very long while. Dr. Levy’s obedience to God in the matter of praying with his patients has had far-reaching benefits in physical, spiritual and emotional ways that far surpass what Dr. Levy ever imagined possible! Isn’t that just like God? He is so awesome!!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this account of what God is doing in Dr. Levy’s life as his ministers to his patients! He is very candid about his personal fears and reservations that plagued him as he began the practice of praying with his patients. He shares accounts with people from all walks of life, and the fact that most of his patients have experienced profound effects from inviting God into this critical moment in their lives. Dr. Levy has also experienced both personal and professional blessings from his obedience to God’s direction to pray for his patients. It is touching and humbling to read such a personal account of one man’s devout obedience to God in a very challenging professional setting.

I’m pleased to share that I know first hand what it’s like to have a doctor who prays. My family has a doctor that we see twice a year. Each time we share prayer requests and then a time of prayer together. I know that God has blessed all of us through trusting Him with both our health and the doctor’s skill. Dr. Levy’s life is an inspiring example of the power of prayer in the believer’s life. He may never know the eternal effect of his efforts here on earth, but I’m quite sure there will be a lot of folks thanking him in eternity for taking the time to care for their spiritual needs as carefully as he took care of their physical needs.

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About the Author:

David Levy, MD practices neuro and endovascular surgery 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.

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