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Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk | [Ben Carson, Gregg Lewis]

Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk

You can find our culture's obsession with avoiding risk everywhere, from multiple insurance policies to crash-tested vehicles. But is ducking risk the most productive way for us to live? Surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson, who faces risk on a daily basis, offers an inspiring message on how accepting risk can lead us to a higher purpose.
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You can find our culture's obsession with avoiding risk everywhere, from multiple insurance policies to crash-tested vehicles. But is ducking risk the most productive way for us to live? Surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson, who faces risk on a daily basis, offers an inspiring message on how accepting risk can lead us to a higher purpose.

©2007 Ben Carson; (P)2007 Zondervan

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    Jake Cedar Hills, UT, United States 12-31-13
    Jake Cedar Hills, UT, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ben Carson is a brilliant man, but...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I would love to have given this book a 5 out of 5, but I, as well as a few friends of mine that read this book for a college psychology class, found that the first 10 chapters could have been of the book could have been done well without. Ben Carson spends FAR too much time in the mode of autobiography writing with near to no association with the concept of the the book "Take the risk". I constantly found myself asking, "why is this book called 'take the risk' again??" There were a couple other issues I had with it as well. That being said, after chapter 10, the book finally takes off and is actually really really good! I loved chapter 14 and I love what Ben has to say about faith and religion. Also, I find myself using the B/W A method fairly frequently.
    So......is the book worth reading? I would say definitely YES....but...just start on chapter 11. Haha.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ben Carson and Gregg Lewis before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to any others


    Which character – as performed by Ben Carson – was your favorite?

    Ben Carson himself of course


    Did Take the Risk inspire you to do anything?

    Absolutely. The B/W A method, it furthered my perspective on being outgoing as always being worth it and definitely inspired me in prosocial behaviors, and also there were religious and faith aspects that have given me new perspectives and further knowledge toward bettering my life and the lives of others.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun Hague, Saskatchewan, Canada 12-23-08
    Shaun Hague, Saskatchewan, Canada 12-23-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Alright"

    I've never read a Ben Carson book before, but saw this book featured on C-SPAN's book TV. I thought I would give it a shot. I was a little disappointed. It was Ben Carson retelling many of his experiences, which are no doubt interesting, but it seemed a stretch to talk about them in light of risk. If you want to read about the author's experiences, this is a good book, but if you want a book talking about risk, look elsewere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    FNell Cape Town, South Africa 12-29-07
    FNell Cape Town, South Africa 12-29-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Why not use a professional narrator?"

    As an Audiobook this book fails, not due to the content (that is great) but due to the very poor narration by its author. It's very hard to stay with the narrator as it feels like a race to see who falls asleep first, the narrator or the listener. It's a real shame that a professional narrator wasn't used to bring the great content across.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    linda fayetteville, GA, United States 04-08-12
    linda fayetteville, GA, United States 04-08-12
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    "RICH WITH INSPIRATION - LOVED IT"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Take the Risk to be better than the print version?

    DON'T KNOW


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Take the Risk?

    overcome being called dummy in class; learning from the lawyer twins that died


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ben Carson?

    ABSOLUTELY!


    What did you learn from Take the Risk that you would use in your daily life?

    I ASK MYSELF HIS 4 QUESTIONS


    Any additional comments?

    THIS BOOK HAS HELPED GIVE ME CONFIDENCE TO RISK FOLLOWING PURPOSE GORY LIFE!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T.L. BONDURANT, IA, United States 02-03-08
    T.L. BONDURANT, IA, United States 02-03-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Listen to the Sample"

    I agree that Dr. Carson is not a professional voice actor or reader, but I enjoyed this audiobook in spite of that face. Maybe even because of it. The content of this book is mostly great (I think the author gets a little preachy at the end) but it's still good stuff.

    It's also personal stuff. I think that's why the lack of a professional reader is okay. Dr. Carson is telling you about HIS life and HIS experiences in HIS words with HIS voice. Check out the sample provided by Audible and see what you think.

    Overall, this is a good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zeus Miami, FL, United States 06-24-14
    Zeus Miami, FL, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Simple Principle that could be shared in less time"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I hate to say no, but I feel the title is bit misleading and the main principle while good could have been shared within an hour. I always prefer when the author reads his own books. So for me, that component I enjoyed. But I feel it took far too long to develop and he added his own agenda and opinions NOT related to the concept of risk. That was frankly not needed.


    Has Take the Risk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It will make me a bit more cautious before committing to purchasing one. I'll read a more reviews and see if I can see the chapter titles first.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Carson – was your favorite?

    Author told his own life story.


    Was Take the Risk worth the listening time?

    To some extent, the main principle was simple and good but it could have been shared in an hour, the rest of the book was an auto-biography and finished with too much personal opinion about unrelated material. That was a turn off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 06-14-14
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 06-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    "As much an auto-biography as on taking risk."

    I don't know why, but I really loved this book. I loved the delivery as much as the actual story. Ben's experiences as a child just added to the book so much that I could not see the book being as good without them. Hopefully I will be able to use his analysis tools in the future, since it makes so much sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tater Hobson, Montana, United States 10-31-13
    Tater Hobson, Montana, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This helped in my recent time of decision"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have been making life decision lately what a blessing this book was.


    What did you learn from Take the Risk that you would use in your daily life?

    BW risk assessment tool really works


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Mountainaire, AZ, United States 03-25-13
    Dan Mountainaire, AZ, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Take the Risk to be better than the print version?

    Yes, absolutely. I run long distances and love listening to books rather than music most of the time. I'm amazed at how Dr. Carson started to realize at such a young age that he had anger issues and began developing the ability to harness that energy for more positive results. Took me until my late 20s. Don't run for political office Dr. Carson, politics is for hacks and you are much more valuable to nation in the private sector.


    What other book might you compare Take the Risk to and why?

    An American Son


    What does Ben Carson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A subtle emotion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me want to work even harder at what I do.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that could be cleaned up is that the volume changes throughout the presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Boca Raton, FL, United States 03-18-13
    Suzanne Boca Raton, FL, United States 03-18-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "This man has the wisdom of Solomon."
    What did you love best about Take the Risk?

    Dr. Carson's protocol for risk assessment has helped me make smarter decisions with less anxiety.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Carson has so inspired me that every time I read one of his books I find myself accomplishing things that I thought I could not do.


    What about Ben Carson’s performance did you like?

    He has a calming voice and pleasant voice. This is a case in which the author should always read his own books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wisdom of Solomon


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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