The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What's Really Important in Life

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Zondervan, 1999 - Religion - 271 pages
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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 his life. As in his best-selling Gifted Hands, Dr. Carson shares colorful, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. As in Think Big, he describes his practical principles for success. But The Big Picture is neither an autobiography nor a personal-effectiveness manual. Rather, it's a multifaceted look at the faith and vision that can see us all through hardship and failure, and stir us to bold exploits on behalf of something greater than ourselves. Dr. Carson begins by describing how he cultivated a Big Picture perspective in his own life. Then he discusses ways in which all of us can approach parenting, family, business, and friendships with the Big Picture in mind. Finally, he looks at some pressing social issues -- in particular, racial diversity, health care, and education -- and considers how we ought to view them and what we should do about them in light of the Big Picture. Drawing on a vast array of experiences in roles ranging from trailblazing surgeon to public speaker, to husband and family man, Ben Carson shows how we can turn the course of our lives, our communities, our countries, and our world by keeping the Big Picture always

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Dr. Ben Carson is known as the originator of ground-breaking surgical procedures, a doctor who turn impossible hopes into joyous realities. He is known as well as a compassionate humanitarian who ... Read full review

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It is hard for me to imagine a more comprehensive testimony to the efficacy of just plain hard work in the field of education. Dr. Ben's dependence on God's wisdom is not secondary either. It should be required reading (with book reports) in every Junior High School in the land. Read full review

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Ben Carson worked as a doctor for more than thirty-five years. He recently retired as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is currently a Washington Times columnist and FOX News contributor. He is the author or co-author of several books including Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future, and A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties. He and his wife Candy Carson founded the Carson Scholars Fund, dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of deserving young people. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country.

He lives in Rochester, New York.

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