- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414339755
- ISBN-13: 978-1414339757
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 278 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer . . . One Patient at a Time 1st Edition
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''Gray Matter is a riveting page-turner rife with pathos, compassion, and real-life medical drama.'' --C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, former US Surgeon General --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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What happens when prayer and surgery mix? When highly respected neurosurgeon Dr. David Levy decided to ask his patients whether he could pray with them prior to surgery, he had no idea what to expect. What if the surgery went poorly―who would be to blame? What if it went well―would God or science get the credit? And how would introducing prayer into the surgical process change his patients’ and colleagues’ opinion of him as a surgeon? While some patients found comfort in Levy’s request, others were skeptical or even downright hostile. But in the end, everyone―even the good doctor himself―was transformed by the experience.
A perfect blend of pulse-racing medical drama and profound spiritual insight, Gray Matter not only provides a fascinating glimpse into the elite field of neurosurgery as we watch Levy perform some of the most challenging surgical procedures in medicine today, it also provides a refreshingly candid and revealing glimpse into the heart and mind of a neurosurgeon―those divinely fallible beings we sometimes expect to play God. Levy’s musings on what successful and unsuccessful surgical results imply about faith, forgiveness, and the power of prayer are at once unexpected and insightful. And as he arrives at his ultimate conclusion that regardless of the results “God is good,” one cannot help but be truly moved and inspired.
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Though he was certain about his desire, Dr. Levy was -- perhaps for the first time in his career -- nervous and apprehensive. He was afraid he would come across as soft, superstitious, unprofessional, or even worse, that his skills were in need of divine help. He was worried that patients might not want spiritual intervention and resent his intrusion. He was afraid others might overhear him! He wondered if prayer should even factor into his brain surgeries. "The role of prayer in health care," he notes, "is itself a gray matter."
But one day he plunges ahead. To his surprise, he finds that not only do his patients and their families appreciate his prayers, but he discovers a new confidence and joy in his work. In time, after he goes public with his prayers, he finds that nurses and colleagues are surprisingly supportive, and many even ask to join his prayer circles. "The experience has been nothing short of phenomenal," he says.
From his simple desire to pray, Dr. Levy expands his efforts to heal his patients' minds and spirits as well as their bodies. He becomes bolder in bringing spirituality into the medical picture and finds that adapting biblical concepts like forgiveness into doable steps often brings patients to a place of peace and comfort.
This is a well-written, finely paced story of the kind of doctor you would want to find wielding the instruments if you were flat on your back on an operating table. Dr. Levy is the anti-House, a calm and reassuring presence in times of great fear and anxiety. Though he probably charges around the corridors of a hospital with the same sense of purpose as a Dr. House, this book illuminates those still moments in the exam or pre-op room when it's just a doctor and his patient, quietly preparing to face down a brain gone haywire. It's a terrific read for your gray matter!
LISTENING (first of all to God, and then also to his patients)
OBEYING what he senses from the Lord (even when it wouldn't be well received by his peers and medical people he worked with, or even his patients. Also he learned to obey even when he himself didn't understand the reasons for doing..... or not doing something.
HUMILITY (which goes hand and hand with obedience, but humility demonstrated in his honesty about his own lack of faith, and his struggle with mistakes he made.)
GIFTEDNESS (yes, God has given incredible knowledge and skills to humans created in His image.....and God blesses a person's willingness to use these gifts as they serve others)
SENSITIVITY (to his patients and their primary need...whether that be spiritual, relational, or physical)
WILLINGNESS to share the Good News of the Father's love for those He created even when he knew it might be misunderstood or not well received).
Yes, I loved the technical and medical descriptions....although as a retired nurse, anatomy and physiology was a long time ago, and sooo many advances have occurred I never heard about! But it fascinated me to see what amazing minds and skills God has given to people. Still, Dr. Levy has such a healthy view of what he doesn't know or understand. He was willing admit he didn't know what to do at times. He was also able to advise against performing surgery or a procedure based on the big picture (the age and other medical needs, spiritual state and support system of his patient). He learned to sense what God was saying...."no" or "wait". Yet, he admitted the mistakes he made as he was learning to listen and obey.
It was so helpful to note the type of questions he asked those who stated they had no faith in God or who had rejected Him. In the process Dr Levy opened a spiritual door that had been shut often years before, so that patient could communicate with the only Source Who could help them now and for all eternity. This book could be an excellent resource for approaches medical people and counselors can use to get to bottom line alienation issues. At the same time, he shows respect for those who simply don't want to hear the message of hope and salvation he wanted to offer them.
There was one other line Dr Levy "crosses" in the scientific and medical world he functions in. Not only does he openly pray and engage patients in a conversation about their spiritual life, he also makes himself vulnerable as a fellow human being who deeply feels their pain and grief. Most medical training teaches that is unwise, as it will influence their objectivity. As a result, we have doctors and nurses who don't connect with patient's needs that are so obvious and they come across callous, proud, judgmental, and superior. Dr Levy presents himself to his patients as safe, relational, open, and very human just like they are.
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