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Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live With Acceptable Risk (Hardcover)

by Dr. Ben Carson

Book 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.

Dr. 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 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, 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 our lives.

Editorial Reviews

“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.” – Publisher's Weekly

“Be sure to pick up 'Take The Risk' and be inspired. This is one powerful book that can help you take the risk necessary to achieve your dreams.” – John Richardson, Success Begins Today

“Carson’s honest and simple approach make him a believable teacher on how to make decisions involving great risk. ‘God did not make us to be shy, retiring wall flowers,’ Carson said. ‘He made us to be people who can sit down, analyze what our gifts and talents are, look out there and see what the issues are and then move forth in a very logical and rational way, not being paralyzed by fear.’” – Adventist News Network

About the Author

Today, Dr. Ben Carson holds 20 honorary doctorates and possesses a long string of honors and awards, including the Horatio Alger Award and induction into the "Great Blacks in Wax" Museum in Baltimore, Md. More recently he achieved even greater public recognition for his keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast before members of Congress and President Barack Obama. He is the author of  numerous books, including “America the Beautiful” and the bestsellers "Gifted Hands" and "Take the Risk."

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (December 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310259738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310259732
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

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