In his grade school days, Ben Carson would hardly have been voted most likely to become a famous surgeon. His classmates had already given him another label: class dummy. Then a light clicked on for Benand a consuming passion for learning that catapulted him from zero test grades to a Yale scholarship, a pioneering role in modern medicine, and an influence that has extended from inner-city schools to corporate boardrooms and Washington corridors of power. What made the difference? Belief in his own potential, a commitment to education and making the most of his opportunities to learn, determination to make the world a better place, and faith in a God who knows no limits. Seeing the Big Picture. In The Big Picture, Ben Carson reveals the spiritual and philosophical foundations that undergird not just his dramatic career, but his approach to all of life. As in his best-selling Gifted Hands Dr. Carson shares colorful behind-the-scenes anecdotes. As in Think Big, he describes his practical principles for success. But The Big Picture is more than an autobiography or a personal-effectiveness manual. Rather, its a multifaceted look at the faith and vision that can see us all through hardship and failure, and stir us to bold exploits on behalf of something greater than ourselves. Dr. Carson begins by describing how he cultivated a Big-Picture perspective in his own life. Then he discusses ways to which all of us can approach parenting, family, business and friendships with the Big Picture in mind. Finally he looks at some pressing social issuesin particular, racial diversity, health care, and educationand considers how we ought to view them and what we should do about them in light of the Big Picture. Drawing on a vast array of experiences in roles ranging from trailblazing surgeon to public speaker, to husband and family man, Ben Carson shows how we can turn the course of our lives, out communities, our country, and our world by keeping the Big Picture always in mind.
Dr. Benjamin Carson is a Professor of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Oncology, and Pediatrics, and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He is also the author of four bestselling booksGifted Hands, Think Big, The Big Picture, and Take the Risk. He serves on the boards of the Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corp., and the Academy of Achievement, among others, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation. He and his wife, Candy, cofounded the Carson Scholars Fund (www.carsonscholars.org), a 501(c)3 established to counteract America's crisis in education by identifying and rewarding academic role models in the fourth through eleventh grades, regardless of race, creed, religion and socio-economic status, who also demonstrate humanitarian qualities. There are over 4800 scholars in forty-five states. Ben and Candy are the parents of three grown sons and reside in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Gregg Lewis is an award-winning author and coauthor of more than fifty books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, Take the Risk and The Big Picture.
In 1987, pediatric neurosurgeon Carson performed a successful operation that
separated two twins born joined at their heads. He has been recognized
worldwide for his extraordinary ability to perform intricate medical procedures
like intrauterine brain surgery in his dedication to saving lives. But, as he
says in this spiritual memoir, he wasn't always so successful. Carson recounts
his young life growing up fatherless and with limited opportunities in Detroit.
The change in Carson's life came very early, when his mother decided that her
children could succeed in spite of their circumstances. Carson began reading
two books a week in the third grade and was soon so hungry for knowledge that
he read anything he could get his hands on. He performed so well in high school
that he was accepted at Yale, and he is now the director of pediatric
neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. Success, he says, is a matter of focusing on the
big picture and not the details. So often when we concentrate on the tiny
details of life, we forget that God has a larger purpose for us. Using
anecdotes from his medical career and scattering biblical illustrations
throughout, Carson asserts that we can get a glimpse of the big picture by
viewing hardship as an advantage, overcoming a victim mentality and determining
priorities. He proposes that if we stop periodically and ask ourselves three
questions--When my life is over, what do I want to be remembered for? What do I
want to be doing five, 10, and 20 years from now? What do I want to be sure I
am not doing five, 10, and 20 years from now?--we will have an idea about the
ways that the Big Picture can direct our lives. Carson's lively storytelling
will capture the hearts of his readers. (Feb.)
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