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

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By avoiding risk, are you also avoiding the full potential of your life?

The surgery was as risky as anything Dr. Ben 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 …

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Overview

By avoiding risk, are you also avoiding the full potential of your life?

The surgery was as risky as anything Dr. Ben 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, Dr. Ben 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 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 listener 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 your lives.

Dr. Carson shares personal stories of decisions he’s made as a surgeon and a man, each story showing the adventure that risk can contain — it is the essence of our life’s journey. Included is the author’s personal risk grid. With this tool, you’ll learn how to quickly sum up a risk, judge its acceptability and move forward confidently with your decision in hand.

Most of all, Take the Risk challenges us to reaffirm that our lives have great purpose, and that risking wisely is the gateway to dreams fulfilled and a legacy of influence in the world around us.

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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. By the end, his four-question formula wears thin, however, and he uses the idea of risk to launch into apparently unrelated subjects---the creation/evolution debate, his own belief in God, sharing his faith, problems with public education and even fiscal policy (where he suggests getting rid of money altogether in lieu of handprints and retina scans). Carson can be inspiring, but this book would have been better with a tighter focus and greater depth. (Jan.) -- Publisher’s Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480554498
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 8
  • Sales rank: 694,076
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Carson
Dr. Benjamin Carson is a professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics, and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He is also the author of three other bestselling books—Gifted Hands, Think Big, and The Big Picture. He serves on the corporate boards of the Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corp., and American’s Promise, among others, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation. He and his wife, Candy, are the parents of three grown sons and live in Baltimore County, Maryland.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    Insightful message on risk

    Dr. Ben Carson helps his readers take a fresh and balanced approach to understanding risk ¿ real risk, perceived risk, risks that we all take (and avoid) as part of normal everyday life. As enlightening as that was, I found myself being surprised as I discovered another message in the book. This surprise began as disappointment. Part way through the book I was disappointed because nearly all of the examples Dr. Carson used resulted in moving forward, following through with the action, taking the risk. I felt he was being unrealistic ¿ where were the real life examples that resulting in the considered action or risk not being taken? But as I read further I started realizing that more often than not, God is probably calling us to action, calling us to move ahead, calling us to wisely and carefully work against our cautious nature and clearly take some risks in life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I can take the risk!

    This book is powerful in that the author not only makes a point, defends it, and brings in outside statistics for illustration, but, as in his other books, he uses his personal story to explain how he came to the conclusions he did. He writes in an informal style which is easy to read, and helps the reader further connect with what he is trying to say, and continually refers to his personal experiences and endeavors to encourage the reader to say, "You know, I can do this! I can change my life and change the world!"I found this book to be not only inspiring, but also empowering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    Helpful book on risk

    I admit it - I am not much of a risk taker. So when I found the book, Take the Risk, by Ben Carson, I was intrigued to see what advice I could glean from this M.D. Dr Carson points out that life itself is a risk. We need discernment on what risks we need to do something about, and Dr Carson gives guidance with his Best/Worse Analysis questions. By using these questions as a guide, we can decide about risk based on our own life experience. The chapter Parenting Perils itself is worth the price of the book. If you are a parent concerned about where this generation of children are heading, this chapter will give you some invaluable guides as to what you need to be doing now for your kids. Take the Risk includes some fascinating stories about Dr. Carson's work with conjoined twins. Overall, it is worth a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Go Ahead And Make A Decision!

    Take advantage of the life wisdom Dr. Carson has gained. This book could encourage those who have trouble taking risks/making decisions. Dr. Carson shows one way to weigh the pros and cons-to get going with life.

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