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Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer . . . One Patient at a Time (English Edition) di [Levy, David, Kilpatrick, Joel]
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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 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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  • Editore: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1 edizione (21 febbraio 2011)
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113 di 116 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle The power of prayer in black and white 18 febbraio 2011
Di N. B. Kennedy - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
David Levy was a hard-charging, high-achieving neurosurgeon who loved his work and was good at it when he became convinced that he wanted to pray with his patients before their operations.

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!
45 di 46 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Simply amazing 19 febbraio 2011
Di JustinDPrince - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
This book depicts the life of Dr. David Levy, one of the top neurosurgeons in California, and how he began to implement praying and spirituality into his neurosurgical practice.

By introducing God in a loving, non-judgemental way Dr. Levy was able to restore hope and peace to patients who faced potentially grave circumstances.

Along with allowing us to follow in his journey through rediscovering God, Dr. Levy also lets us take a very in-depth look into how neurosurgery works from the surgical perspective. Many of the stories leave you on the edge of your seat, wondering if the next blood vessel will burst or if the team will make it in time to detach the aneurism before it breaks off and dramatically changes the life of the person being operated on.

Throughout the book Dr. Levy does an excellent job at bridging the gap between science and spirituality, and shows that both are effective tools at accomplishing tasks that in the end benefit the whole person, and that the two should not be separate, but co-laboring partners.

It is an eye opening reminder that we all have a call on our life and a purpose, and that in order to fulfill that we are required to step outside of the boundaries of comfort and put behind us the opinions of others, regardless of their position or ours.
5.0 su 5 stelle Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer .....and partnering with God in his practice 15 maggio 2017
Di Cmc - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Words that come to mind as I write my little review of Dr Levy's amazing book; characteristics he had which developed as he prayed:
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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5.0 su 5 stelle VERY INSPIRATIONAL 23 febbraio 2015
Di Mary - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I was attracted to this book because I could make a text to self connection to the content. I could relate to the varied stories of the characters/patients in the book. You see approximately 3 years ago I suffered a massive brain aneurysm and it's a miracle why I'm alive to tell the story today. This aneurysm has left me with some disabilities. At first I wasn't able to walk, now I'm able to walk with the assistance of a cane, I still have balancing and coordination issues, the hearing in my right ear is completely gone, my speech is affected including my long term memory but just reading this book has helped me to understand and cope with the residual effects, the science of the brain and having HOPE despite the circumstance. I strongly believe in the power of prayer and it has played a vital role in my survival and recovery. I was particularly fascinated to read about a doctor who believes in the power of prayer and when it is coupled by faith the tremendous effect it has on the mind/body and healing process. How many doctors do we know that believe that their skill/gift is from a higher power? Many believe in themselves and want the credit and often times we need to be reminded that the doctor is a tool that God uses to help us.This book is a fascinating read and has helped spiritually and intellectually. By reading this book I have also learned how important the patient/doctor relationship is in the healing process. I also gleaned additional information about the brain and the various types of procedures and different types of outcomes after surgery. I learned also about hope, trusting and developing a faith that will not shrink no matter what happens.
4.0 su 5 stelle I like the idea of a doctor who shares his spirituality ... 4 marzo 2017
Di lynne.lohmeier - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
After 18 hip surgeries at 4 different hospitals, I've met more than my share of M.Ds. If you don't advocate for yourself, they can run over everything you want for yourself. Dr. Levy is clearly what we all want - a doctor who LISTENS and responds to our concerns. His prayer is comforting, although a little too fundamentalist Christian for my taste, I like the idea of a doctor who shares his spirituality with people he's going to cut on.
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