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The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What's Really Important [Paperback]

By Deborah Shaw Lewis (Author), Ben Carson (Author) & Gregg Lewis (With)
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Overview
The noted surgeon shares his story of how he overcame obstacles in his life by seeing the "big picture"--his own potential, making the most of learning opportunities, attempting to make the world a better place, a commitment to education, and having faith in God.

Publishers Description
Dr. Ben Carson is known as the originator of ground-breaking surgical procedures, a doctor who turn impossible hopes into joyous realities. He is known as well as a compassionate humanitarian who reaches beyond corporate boardrooms to touch the lives of inner-city kids. What drives him? The Big Picture. A vision of something truly worth living for, something that calls forth the best of his amazing talents, energy, and focus. In The Big Picture, Dr. Carson shares with you the overarching philosophy that has shaped his life, causing him to rise from failure to far-reaching influence. This book is not about HOW to succeed---it s about WHY to succeed. It s about broadening your perspectives. It s about finding a vision for your own life that can reframe your priorities, energize your efforts, and inspire you to change the world around you."

Community Description
Success, Ben Carson 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.
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Item Specifications...


Studio: Zondervan
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2000
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  031023834X  
ISBN13  9780310238348  
UPC  025986238346  


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More About Deborah Shaw Lewis, Ben Carson & Gregg Lewis


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Deborah Shaw Lewis has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, has taught school, does professional storytelling, speaks on motherhood and family issues, and holds a master's degree in early childhood development. She and Gregg are the parents of five children.

Deborah Shaw Lewis currently resides in Rome, in the state of Georgia. Deborah Shaw Lewis was born in 1951.

Deborah Shaw Lewis has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Zonderkidz Biography


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Reviews - What do customers think about Big Picture?

A truly educational piece of literature!  Mar 13, 2004
This is my first Ben Carson book, and I can hardly finish without constantly stopping to tell someone about this amazing book! I had the brief opportunity to meet this author in February of this year, and I was amamzed then, but after starting the book I hardly know what to say. Dr. Carson has angel's wings! He is a special anointed vessel sent by God! He demonstrates through The Big Picture the ability to relate to all levels of society. He understands the pangs of the least and the priviledge of the greatest. He graciously becomes transparent and reveals of himself for the benefit of the reader. His pearls of wisdom and sound advise yield a real education when reading his book. Everyone needs to read The Big Picture and to apply its principles. I appreciate him sharing in such a meaningful way!
 
Compelling read  Dec 20, 2003
This book should be a MUST READ for every parent and teacher as Dr Carson shares from his own experiences how he was motivated as a poor student to become a well known and respected pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. With fascinating stories from his personal and professional life, Dr Carson weaves his wisdom with great suggestions for the racial, education and health care ills that plague our society today. It is a book you can't put down once you start reading it.
 
Some Good, Some Not-So-Good  Jul 29, 2001
The first two parts of this book were inspiring. Dr. Carson started out by illustrating the "Big Picture" with stories from his work. In the second part he went on to talk about the importance of things like parenting, setting goals, etc. I found the last part not at all interesting. In it Dr. Carson talked about his ideas on how to overcome different social issues. This portion was atypical of his normal writing style and I found it neither captivating nor especially thought provoking.
 
Superb, thought-provoking work  Jun 25, 2001
Dr. Ben Carson is not just a gifted surgeon. He is a healer who thinks about the spiritual dimensions of human life as well as the physical ones. In this book, he distills his experiences into a compendium of anecdotes, thoughts, and guidelines which spell out "The Big Picture" of human existence. Carson is not afraid to take controversial positions based on his deep Christian beliefs. Even readers who disagree with him, though, will find themsleves pondering Carson's thoughts. Simply put, this is a book that will touch every reader.
 
Learning From the Simple Things of Life  Mar 8, 2000
The Big Picture gives one the message, do not overlook the simple things of life, the example of the railway track and the stone, shows that, any action done well, and well explored, can lead to greater things and opportunities of life. Dr. Carson does go into great details of his life's experiences. By the details, I can see similarities between his and mine. In fact, by practicing those household principles his mother taught him, I have been successful in raising two boys to be responsible men. He shows that anyone can live life to its fullest. As Jesus said "He came to give the abundant life." When one lives by Godly principles,success is available to all. Dr Carson gives honor and glory to the best in his life, i.e. honor to his mother, and he gives glory to God. The Big Picture demonstrates that if one man could touch the world with his God given talents, we could all strive to empower others with the same enthusiasm. Everyone can be the victor, and not a victim regardless of one's beginnings. Ben. Carson demonstrates that though we have no choice in our birth condition,and challenges, whether a challenge is of physical, economic, educational or racial origin, we can all contribute to improving our lot in life, and the lot of others globally, by using our brain to educate ourselves, and others, such as our children. The choices we make will in some way impact the world. As consumers of health care, we as individuals have the last say as to whom we wish to provide care,we need to walk the extra mile , and be proactive in achieving compassionate action, for our families and for our community.
 

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