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Dr. Ben Carson shares how to get perspective on what's really important in life. He shares the spiritual and philosophical foundations that shaped his life.
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 books---Gifted 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.)