Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Review: Take the Risk

Take the Risk
Written By: Ben Carson M.D. and Gregg Lewis

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (January 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0310259738
ISBN-13: 978-0310259732

Vonze: 4 out of 5

Book Description:
"You can find our culture's obsession with avoiding risk everywhere, from multiple insurance policies to crash-tested vehicles. But is ducking risk the most productive way for us to live? Surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson, who faces risk on a daily basis, offers an inspiring message on how accepting risk can lead us to a higher purpose."

I gotta say that Ben Carson is a really inspirational guy. He grew up poor in Detroit and Boston during the 1950s and 1960s, before African Americans had the same rights and opportunities as whites. His mother was thirteen when she married Ben's father. They later divorced and she was left to care for Ben and his brother on her own, often working multiple jobs while secretly checking herself into mental hospitals. Meanwhile, Ben struggled with school, he was teased because people thought he was stupid. Seeing that Ben and his brother's grades were failing, their mother prayed about it and decided to restrict their tv time to three shows a day. In addition to their homework, she also had her sons read two extra books a week and write a report to her. Secretly, she could not read herself.

In the end, her hard work and pushing Ben to read more paid off. Ben Carson is now a top, world famous brain surgeon. His life story, Gifted Hands, was recently turned into a made-for-tv movie. I watched Gifted Hands last year and was very impressed. When I noticed that Ben Carson had written a book on taking risks, I decided to check it out.

About half the book is biographical information about Ben Carson and the risks he had to overcome to be a doctor and the risks he takes as a doctor. A quarter is dedicated to good, common sense advice on taking risks in your own life, and another quarter lists risks we have in our society. I could have done without the last quarter, because I feel like Ben got on a soapbox at times.

However, overall, the book had good advice and was inspirational. It feel it would be a great book for someone interested in going into the medical field (like Oshie!).

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