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

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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 of 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 more than an autobiography or 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 to 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, out communities, our country, and our world by keeping the Big Picture always in mind.

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A Renowned African-American Neurosurgeon Offers a Rich Perspective on the Things That Matter Most Gifted Hands, Ben Carson's successful autobiography, inspired readers through the story of an inner-city kid with poor grades and little motivation who became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital by the age of thirty-three. In his follow-up motivational book, Think Big, Ben shared his life philosophy and a down-to-earth strategy that anyone could follow to achieve success. Now, in The Big Picture, Dr. Carson offers readers an up-close look at a professional surgeon's life--and his unique perspective on priorities, race, society, success, and living out a life of faith in a complex world. A busy man who must make life and death decisions every day, Ben Carson has learned about the importance of priorities. A successful and compassionate man at the top of the medical profession, he demonstrates with his life accomplishments what can be done when people live life according to solid biblical values. Noted for his groundbreaking work in the technologically complex field of modern neurosurgery, Dr. Carson offers a surprisingly simple formula for health, happiness, and living wisely. A black man who has reached the top of a white-coated world, Ben Carson offers a unique philosophy on achieving success, improving relations between the races, what medical breakthroughs mean to all of us, and why we must work for positive change in our troubled society. It may be just one man's perspective. But this noted surgeon's anecdotal, page-turning book can help us all get a better grasp on what's really important in life and how we can all make a difference.

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Ben Carson is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and the author of two best-selling books, Gifted Hands and Think Big. A widely respected role model, he shares motivational insights with inner-city kids and corporate executives alike. He serves on the board at Yale University and on the board of the Kellogg Company. He lives in Baltimore, MD. Gregg Lewis is a freelance writer with 25 years experience in the publishing industry. The author or coauthor of more than 30 books, he lives with his wife and five children in Rome, Georgia

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