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 Ben—and 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.
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"Carson's lively storytelling will capture the hearts of his readers." (Publishers Weekly)
If there was a warning that this book is filled with religious content. Disclaimer, I couldn't get very far through it before I was turned off, and am a fan of Sam Harris' atheist / philosophical / spiritual ideas - just to give an idea on my mini review. I also don't live in America, as I'd likely have known enough about this chap to never entertain buying this book in the first place.
The narrator does a good job, but the content of the book is probably a bit too preachy for atheists. I turned off not long after hearing him use the old "god works in mysterious ways" rubbish after his patients die, followed shortly by him praying that he'd have a fun time on safari. Of course, the twins die, he sees some pretty animals, and all is well in the world. Hard to stomach life advice from someone who operates like that.
Dr. Carson's life story is very interesting to me. I saw the Lifetime movie, Gifted Hands, and have been a fan since then. I've also seen him offering medical insight and political commentary on several news channels. I purchased 2 of his books. This book was good - very inspirational. Dr. Carson makes no apology for being a man of faith - I find that refreshing.
I did not however enjoy the narrator. This would have been so much better if Dr. Carson would have read it, but it was still a good story. I recommend it to anyone interested in a rags to riches story of how to overcome difficult circumstances.
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