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Overview A world-renowned neurosurgeon explores the relationship between risk and faith, sharing the daily risks he takes in hundreds of complex surgeries on the brain and spinal cord and how those risks are an essential part of living as God designed. 75,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
Publishers Description No risk, pay the cost. Know risk, reap the rewards. In our risk-avoidance culture, we place a high premium on safety. We insure our vacations. We check crash tests on cars. We extend the warranties on our appliances. But by insulating ourselves from the unknown---the risks of life---we miss the great adventure of living our lives to their full potential. Ben Carson spent his childhood as an at-risk child on the streets of Detroit, and today he takes daily risks in performing complex surgeries on the brain and the spinal cord. Now, offering inspiring personal examples, Dr. Carson invites us to embrace risk in our own lives. From a man whose life dramatically portrays the connection between great risks and greater successes, here are insights that will help you dispel your fear of risk so you can dream big, aim high, move with confidence, and reap rewards you ve never imagined. By avoiding risk, are you also avoiding the full potential of your life? The surgery was as risky as anything Dr. Ben Carson had seen. The Bijani sisters---conjoined twins---shared part of a skull, brain tissue, and crucial blood flow. One or both of them could die during the operation. But the women wanted separate lives. And they were willing to accept the risk to reach the goal, even against the advice of their doctors As a child on the dangerous streets of Detroit, and as a surgeon in operating theaters around the world, Dr. Ben Carson has learned all about risk---he faces it on a daily basis. Out of his perilous childhood, a world-class surgeon emerged precisely because of the risks Dr. Carson was willing to take. In his compelling new book, he examines our safety-at-all-costs culture and the meaning of risk and security in our lives. In our 21st-century world, we insulate ourselves with safety. We insure everything from vacations to cell phones. We go on low-cholesterol diets and buy low-risk mutual funds. But in the end, everyone faces risk, like the Bijani twins did with their brave decision. Even if our choices are not so dramatic or the outcome so heartbreaking, what does it mean if we back away instead of move forward? Have we so muffled our hearts and minds that we fail to reach for all that life can offer us---and all that we can offer life? Take the Risk guides the reader through an examination of risk, including: * A short review of risk-taking in history. * An assessment of the real costs and rewards of risk. * Learning how to assess and accept risks. * Understanding how risk reveals the purpose of your lives."
From Publishers Weekly Carson (Think Big) retells stories from previous books, focusing on the idea of risk. As one of the world's top pediatric neurosurgeons, Carson has a lot of experience weighing the odds - and in most cases, lives are on the line. His "Best/Worst Analysis" for any situation includes four questions: "What's the best thing that can happen if I do this? What's the worst thing that can happen if I do this? What's the best thing that can happen if I don't do it? What's the worst thing that can happen if I don't do it?" Carson's decisions are also rooted in his faith, with his greatest priority being "to use the talents God has given" rather than simply to preserve his reputation. By the end, his four-question formula wears thin, however, and he uses the idea of risk to launch into apparently unrelated subjects - the creation/evolution debate, his own belief in God, sharing his faith, problems with public education and even fiscal policy (where he suggests getting rid of money altogether in lieu of handprints and retina scans). Carson can be inspiring, but this book would have been better with a tighter focus and greater depth. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310259738 ISBN13 9780310259732 UPC 025986259730
Reviews - What do customers think about Take The Risk?
Take the Risk Apr 13, 2010
Dr. Ben Carson writes an inspiring book on weighing risk in life. Perhaps because of his somewhat less than "secure and stable" childhood, he learned to be less risk-aversive than he otherwise might have. He states that the way society has evolved, we have cloistered children too much, and instead of teaching them how to evaluate and take informed risks, we try to shelter them from any and all risks - even the risk of getting their feelings hurt. This is dangerous ...it's rather like keeping a child's life so protected sanitized that his or her immune system never gets educated, and they become vulnerable to anything. The best protection we can offer our children is to "immunize" them on the matter of risk.
Were it not for risk-takers in the past, many of the things we take for granted now ...things that improve our life everyday, might not exist. The book goes to religion quite often, which may negate its value in the minds of some, but it was Dr. Carson's book, and his story, and he chose to tell it in the context he best saw fit. Religion was s significant motivator in his life - and it seems to have done him no harm! His life is most certainly a success story, and if his faith helped make that possible, then he has at least achieved something that alludes many people in life.
A good book, ...well worth "risking" a few hours investment in reading.
Take the risk -- and buy this book. Aug 9, 2009
What happens to a society that is so fearful of risk, that common sense seems to go right out the window so often? The answer is that we live in a world where McDonald's has to put "Warning: Coffee is hot" on its coffee cups to head off silly lawsuits. And beach-goers drive hundreds of miles to get to the beach -- only to avoid swimming in the ocean because of an irrational fear of sharks [when in fact you're statistically far more likely to be killed in a car accident while driving to and from that same beach].
More importantly, society in general, and individuals in particular, miss out on opportunities to do the types of great things that only come from taking calculated risks. That's primary thrust of the book by Dr. Ben Carson - the famous pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore.
If you've read any of his previous books (such as "Gifted Hands"), you probably already have a good idea of his rough background being raised by a poor, single mother in the ghettos of Detroit. And indeed, Dr. Carson does go over much of his past in this book, as well as how he overcame adversity and low expectations, to become the world-famous neurosurgeon he is today. However, in this book, he looks back at his past decisions in life through the prism of the risks he took -- and how they often paid off.
I highly recommend this book as a concise guide on how to arrive at good decisions using risk analysis as a primary tool. The main idea behind this book is that despite our best efforts, life is itself risky -- to wit, it is virtually impossible to eliminate all risk in life.
However, we can choose to realize that not all risks are necessarily bad, and that the secret to living life fully is by choosing to take acceptable risks. And quite often, these risks can yield incredible rewards.
Dr. Carson provides a matrix for determining what risk is acceptable, called "Best/Worst Analysis." Specifically, by answering the following questions in an informed way, it will be vastly easier to handle risk and make informed decisions:
- What is the best thing that can happen if I do this? - What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this? - What is the best thing that can happen if I don't do this? - What is the worst thing that can happen if I don't this?
Dr. Carson then proceeds to show how he has applied this type of risk analysis in his life, with very positive results. He also provides anecdotal evidence for how this means of decision-making can also lead to creative and innovative solutions to long-standing problems in our own lives and in government.
I should note that Dr. Carson's book also is infused with a spiritual perspective that comes from his Christian background -- which I definitely appreciate. That said, I think that his book "Take the Risk" is one of the most refreshing and helpful books I've read thus far on the important topics of risk analysis and decision-making.
Deceiving Tilte Jul 10, 2009
The book starts with promise and overall makes an interesting read. But it sure is not a book about taking risk. It is more of an autobiographical account of author's faith. In chapter 8 it becomes painfully ridiculous when he claims to have seen the actual questions on the upcoming semester test in his dream the night before, by the grace of "God". I wonder what other "revelations" does he get from God. For everything, he prays, he prays when he almost stabs a friend, he prays before the surgery, he prays before the test, he prays and prays some more. It seems his every action is not made by him but his "Lord" imaginary friend. He fails to mention how he benefits from affirmative action and not "Lord Jesus". He could have been an excellent evangelist for Christianity had he not been a physician. Totally misleading title.
I even got my husband to listen to it and he loved it too! Apr 9, 2009
This book was recommended to me by someone that I respect very much, so I had great expectations for it - and I wasn't disappointed. I had it in audio form and listened to it on my way to and back from work. There were times when I would sit in my car, listening to the book untill it would get to a point where I could turn it off! I actually grabbed the last CD back from my husband and listened to it again, trying to catch things that I had missed the first time around. I would recommend this book to anyone who has to make situational decisions, and who amongst us doesn't in these days?
simple-minded drivel Aug 13, 2008
I have no doubt that Ben Carson is an excellent neurosurgeon, but what comes across in this book is little more than opportunism, self-promotion, and bone-headed conservative ideology gussied up in a feel-good self-help package. His vaunted best/worst method of assessing risk might sound good on paper, but you need only read through his own real-world applications to discover just how ridiculous and useless it is. In omitting the far more important factor of likelihood from his risk assessment analyses, he betrays a simple-minded black-and-white worldview more befitting a fundamentalist crackpot than a scientist worthy of attention and respect. Do not buy into this garbage.