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Friday, December 31, 2010

Gray Matter by David Levy, MD with Joel Kilpatrick

This book is an inpiring account of how a highly specialized surgeon began praying with his patients. This was unheard of in the medical community, and the author shares his concerns of what others would think if they knew he prayed with his patients. The author is open and honest as he shares the struggles he encountered in his decision to pray with patients and the outcomes of his decisions to pray with his patients.

The author is authentic as he does not pull any punches with his spiritual journey to know Jesus and praying with patients. The author is brutally honest with his concerns, mistakes, and struggle to pray with his patients as he feared what others would think, especially those in the medical profession. Would he ruin his reputation? Would his patients begin to doubt his abilities, if he asked to pray with them? The author put his career on the line when he began praying with patients. Why? Why risk so much? The author literally takes you through the power of prayer. Yet, the author goes even further. The author ultimately focuses on the spiritual health as well as the physical health of his patients. Again, something unheard of in the medical community. The author's courage is truly inspiring.

In addition to the author's journey in praying with patients, the book also reads as a suspense novel. The author provides true accounts of dangerous brain surgeries, as a neurosurgeon, and describes the stress of complications and not knowing if the patient will be the same afterwards. Will the patient have a stroke, lose precious memories, or even die? Or, will the surgery be a complete success? Facsinating accounts of the intricate nature of brain surgery balances the book, making it highly readable.

I highly recommend this book. Not only is it a good read, but also for inspiration to truly live your life for God. What happened when someone truly lays everything down for God?

Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for me to review. This in no way influenced my review.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan

This book is a daily reader full of inspiring true stories. A verse from the Bible is included to meditate on. The book is all about Saints, martyrs and heroes and each day gives a glimpse into Christian history.

The book is not only laid out by dates, but has a topical index. The topical index is a great help when looking for a particular subject. The topical index not only includes inspirational topics, but practical topics as well, such as Parenting or Time Management.

Each day has a short reading, which can leave you wanting more information. In that respect, it's a great book to begin research on many topics in Christian history. This book is highly useful and easy to read.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking for encouragement to pastors seeking material to preach from. I think it is a great resource for daily inspiration, as well as a starting point for research and sermons. The topical index makes the book even more valuable and helpful.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”