Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gray Matter by David Levy with Joel Kilpatrick

Gray Matter is the fascinating story of a neurosurgeon who decides to risk his professional reputation and career when he becomes deeply convicted to pray with his patients before surgery.  Not even knowing how he was going to accomplish this task, Dr. Levy moves forward and profoundly touches many lives with such a simple gesture.  Not meant as a means of converting his patients to Christianity, he has been obedient to God's leading in this "small" task and God uses him greatly. 
I was especially touched by Dr. Levy's honesty.  He knew what this could cost him in his career, but was determined to obey God.  He is so transparent in his description of his nervousness of even offering to pray with a patient for the first time in preop.  I think this would be a great book for any medical professional who has struggled with living out their faith. In the medical arena, where religion can be considerd only good for the "placebo" affect, this is a book which has a message worth reading.  5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Love and Respect by Emmerson Eggerichs

Based on the title, it is not hard to decipher the basic idea of this book on marriage.  But rather than just being another book on marriage, this work only focuses on this principle of love and respect found in Ephesians 5.  Dr. Eggerichs strongly believes that the solution to tension
in many marriages is that women need to unconditionally respect their husbands and husbands in turn need to unconditionally love their wives.  I have actually heard this brought out in most of the myriad of other Christian marriage books that I have read, but from my perspective as a wife, I needed the extra teaching Eggerichs includes on what respect is all about.  Quite frankly, I realized that I was pretty clueless on how important respect is to a husband and what it actually looks like to show respect.  Really, "I respect you" just doesn't exactly roll off my tongue. 
The book gives lots of practical suggestions for how wives can show respect to their husbands and how husbands can be more loving. Whether you have a great marriage or your marriage is in desperate trouble, this would be a good read.  My only critique of the book would be that it is probably too long.  I felt like I got the point, but the author kept adding more stories from counselees to reiterate his points.  Taking into consideration its intended audience, I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a fair and honest review.