In February 2013 I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great.
Many Americans heard and responded, but our nation’s decline has continued. Today the danger is greater than ever before, and I have never shared a more urgent message than I do now. Our growing debt and deteriorating morals have driven us far from the founders' intent. We've made very little progress in basic education. Obamacare threatens our health, liberty, and financial future. Media elitism and political correctness are out of control. Worst of all, we seem to have lost our ability to discuss important issues calmly and respectfully regardless of party affiliation or other differences. As a doctor rather than a politician, I care about what works, not whether someone has an (R) or a (D) after his or her name. We have to come together to solve our problems. Knowing that the future of my grandchildren is in jeopardy because of reckless spending, godless government, and mean-spirited attempts to silence critics left me no choice but to write this book. I have endeavored to propose a road out of our decline, appealing to every American’s decency and common sense. If each of us sits back and expects someone else to take action, it will soon be too late. But with your help, I firmly believe that America may once again be "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Sincerely, Ben Carson
©2014 Ben Carson, MD and Candy Carson (P)2014 Penguin Audio
My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.
Like most, I had not previously heard of Dr. Carson (despite his previous media fame) until the National Prayer Breakfast. This book is an answer to all of the questions that immediately sprung the following morning e.g., who is Ben Carson, why was he asked to speak, did he just challenge POTUS, what are his politics.
He answers all of these and more. Specifically the charge that he 'embarrassed' POTUS and needed to apologize. Also he addresses his mea culpa following the fallout of his 'lumping together homosexuality and bestiality', which was feigning ignorance to the sensitivity of the LGBT community with bestiality.
Most importantly, being a good doctor, he prescribes practices that will help alleviate the symptoms and, hopefully, the disease(s) plaguing this country, after every chapter.
I gave only 4 stars to the narrator's performance, but only because I had the expectation that the author would be reading. Prentice Onayemi's voice was actually powerful, yet comforting and I enjoyed it immensely.
Each chapter opens with scripture, mostly proverbs. So if you're offended by a belief in God or by His written word, you'll probably not like anything Dr. Carson says. However, even atheists will find comfort in his wisdom as he calls out extremists on both ends of the ideological spectrum. He calls for civility and perspective throughout the book and simply asks his readers to remember that we're children of God first and foremost.
Anyone who has heard or read anything from Dr. Ben Carson will thoroughly enjoy this book. It says a lot for who this man is and shows how much he can offer this country if he were President.
I HIGHLY recommend this excellent book. About all I can add is that it would be even better is Dr. Carson read it himself.
He never hesitates to give both sides or an issue and explains why he chose his own preferences.
I am a great fan of audio books. I like Prentice's voice and he adds good inflections rather than just straight reading of the book. He has a very calming voice, similar to Dr. Carson.
Yes, but unfortunately there are other demands on my time, so I had to listen in sections. I love listening to it when I am driving.
It is terrific that the audio book version so quickly after the release of the hardbound version.
Dr. Ben Carson offers a new look at what it means to be raised in a tough minority culture. He had a great mother who cared deeply for the success of her children and went to all lengths to ensure they had the right upbringing for a sound adulthood. Ben Carson weighs in on his life, his goals and his position in today's world.
His beliefs stand in direct contrast to the views and direction of our first black president who squandered a life of privilege and cultivates divisiveness on every level.
I was profoundly touched by the love and admiration Ben has for his family, starting with his mother and brother and continuing through his married life.
He has a smooth tone, and I can hear the words spoken with affection for the writer.
#1 of any book I have read/listened to. Inspiring, honest assessment of the current condition of America. So many have been brainwashed to believe, "politics do not effect me", "there is nothing I can do" or they are so obsessed with the political parties they have forgotten we are all, first and foremost, Americans. The political machine has turned us against one another while they are raking in the benefits. Americans need to wake up and Ben Carson, not only sees the problems, but has bipartisan concepts to bring us together.
BEN CARSON for PRESIDENT 2016
It will stay in the top five for a while. It is a short read, perfect for a one time trip or background to a home DIY project. Dr. Carson gives insight to his beliefs, politically and morally in a well organized fashion that is easy to listen to.
Dr. Carson gives much credit to his success to his tenacious mother who made no excuses for herself and did not expect the children she raised to make any for themselves either.
I am such a fan of his recent National Prayer Breakfast Speech. This was a perfect way to open the book.
This book really challenged me to look back at documents and biographies of our founding fathers. Not only do I appreciate their sacrifice, but also yearn to truly know the vision and plan they had for our country. Are we, the people, satisfying their vision?
I highly recommend this easy, quick read to readers that desire a solution to the many issues that face our country. Also, this is an excellent overview into understanding the motivations and person that Dr. Carson is, as a political leader, or role model.
If you love this country read this. If you want to know what you can do to help heal these United States read this. If you are looking for something to argue about move on. I have found a new hero!
Ben Carson came from the depths of true poverty and a nation that was not good to blacks. he has overcame and truly believes in our country. Dr. I stand with you and America.
Dr Carson tells it like it is and does not back down from the PC crowd. He does an excellent job of explaining his views and those of our forefathers. There is great wisdom in his story. Please read this and act on it as he suggests. Thanks for your leadership and courage to help others.
Excellent read. Been Carson is a visionary sees a prosperous America. Very wise man who speaks to the common man. Thank you Dr Carson. This book stimulate civil conversation.
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