Dr. Ben Carson, author, renowned surgeon and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery for Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore questions if it’s time for America to again “…work toward liberty and justice for all…” in America the Beautiful.
Justice wasn’t a term Ben was familiar with growing up in the slums of Detroit and Boston as a young African-American boy. He experienced “overt racism” at school and “systemic racism” within his own family. Yet his poverty stricken, hard-working single mom taught him to rise above his circumstances and strive for excellence. With her love, support and “no-nonsense parenting” he modeled himself after Joseph of the Old Testament and worked hard to become the “best that he could be,” similar to Joseph when his brothers sold him into Egyptian slavery.
Ben couldn’t know his life path of accountability, “personal responsibility and self-reliance” would lead to:
· Separating “conjoined twins at the head” in 1987: www.nndb.com/people/760/000127379/
· The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008: www.hopkinschildrens.org/newsDetail.aspx?id=4946
· Or the controversial speech at the National Prayer Breakfast February 2013 that he gave to “please God” www.christianpost.com/news/dr-ben-carson-says-national-prayer-breakfast-speech-was-meant-to-please-god-video-90762/
He honors the nation and appreciates the freedoms that allowed him to excel, yet he fears America is being weakened by “political corruption,” and a growing climate of political correctness that affects the way we think, our very freedom of speech.
It’s happened before to great nations of the past, such as Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Great Britain, France, and Spain, nations who reached their “pinnacle” only to become a second rate power if they survived at all. Each of these governments shared “peculiar similarities.” “…an inordinate emphasis on sports and entertainment…a fixation with lifestyles of the rich and famous, political corruption and the loss of a moral compass.” (pg. 9) That describes America today.
Readers learn about the foundation of America’s Judeo-Christian beliefs that nurtured the pursuit of liberties, capitalism and a government “…of, by, and for the people…” The importance of education and the need for “…an educated populous…” that appreciates the rights and freedoms they hold.
Although all Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” he questions if those rights include the right of health care in chapter ten. He asks what part personal responsibility has in the health care dilemma, such as diabetics who don’t follow proper diets, those who continue to smoke, knowing they risk lung cancer or lay out in the sun without sunscreen. He raises the question about a “health stamp program” similar to the food stamp program and wonders if it might work better than what America is currently faced with.
I don’t know if Dr. Carson has the answers our nation so desperately needs, but the questions he raises and the suggestions he offers are worthy of consideration, especially by our leaders. Speech from National Prayer Breakfast: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA
‘America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great’ by Ben Carson, M.D. w/Candy Carson, Zondervan Publishers, 2012, 224 Pages, 978-0310330912, $12.99
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‘America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great’ by Ben Carson, M.D. w/Candy Carson
What is America becoming?
Or, more importantly, what can she be if we
reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place?
In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand … what is good about America … where we have gone astray … which fundamental beliefs have guided America from her founding into preeminence among nations.
Written by a man who has experienced America’s best and worst firsthand, America the Beautiful is at once alarming, convicting, and inspiring. You’ll gain new perspectives on our nation’s origins, our Judeo-Christian heritage, our educational system, capitalism versus socialism, our moral fabric, healthcare, and much more. An incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America’s past and must shape her future, America the Beautiful calls us all to use our God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation, and our world.
‘The Benjamin Carson Prayer Breakfast Speech: An Unauthorized Guide to Dr. Ben Carson’s Confrontation with President Barack Obama
The Christian Post: www.christianpost.com/news/neurosurgeon-ben-carsons-politically-incorrect-speech-at-prayer-breakfast-a-youtube-sensation-89842/
This article examines Dr. Benjamin Carson’s controversial speech at the February 2013 Prayer Breakfast. President Barack Obama was in attendance, but that didn’t stop Ben Carson from speaking his mind.
The doctor railed against political correctness, progressive taxes, Obamacare, and other core principles of the Obama administration. Was this a one-time event, or has Carson established himself as a new conservative thought leader? This article includes a link to the transcript and video of Dr. Carson’s speech.
‘Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story’ by Ben Carson s/ Cecil Murphey
In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as a hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removes one half of their brain.
Such breakthroughs aren’t unusual for Ben Carson. He’s been beating the odds since he was a child. Raised in inner-city Detroit by a mother with a third grade education, Ben lacked motivation. He had terrible grades. And a pathological temper threatened to put him in jail. But Sonya Carson convinced her son he could make something of his life, even though everything around him said otherwise.
Trust in God, a relentless belief in his own capabilities, and sheer determination catapulted Ben from failing grades to the directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Gifted Hands takes you into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world—and into the private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others
‘Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk’ by Ben Carson M.D. w/Gregg Lewis
No risk, pay the cost.
Know risk, reap the rewards.
In our risk-avoidance culture, we place a high premium on safety. We insure our vacations. We check crash tests on cars. We extend the warranties on our appliances. But by insulating ourselves from the unknown—the risks of life—we miss the great adventure of living our lives to their full potential.
Ben Carson spent his childhood as an at-risk child on the streets of Detroit, and today he takes daily risks in performing complex surgeries on the brain and the spinal cord. Now, offering inspiring personal examples, Dr. Carson invites us to embrace risk in our own lives. From a man whose life dramatically portrays the connection between great risks and greater successes, here are insights that will help you dispel your fear of risk so you can dream big, aim high, move with confidence, and reap rewards you’ve never imagined.
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 new 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 reader 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.
‘Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence’ by Ben Carson M.D. w/Cecil Murphey
This book is for you if your life is a series of shattered dreams. This book is for you if you have no dreams at all. It’s for you if you’ve bought the lie that you’ll never amount to anything. That’s not true. Your life is BIG—far bigger than you’ve imagined.
Inside these pages lie the keys to recognizing the full potential of your life. You won’t necessarily become a millionaire (though you might), but you will attain a life that is rewarding, significant, and more fruitful than you ever thought possible.
The author of this book knows about hardship. Ben Carson grew up in inner-city Detroit. His mother was illiterate. His father had left the family. His grade-school classmates considered Ben stupid. He struggled with a violent temper. In every respect, Ben’s harsh circumstances seemed only to point to a harsher future and a bad end. But that’s not what happened.
By applying the principles in this book, Ben rose from his tough life to one of amazing accomplishments and international renown. He learned that he had potential, he learned how to unleash it, and he did. You can too. Put the principles in this book in motion. Things won’t change overnight, but they will change. You can transform your life into one you’ll love, bigger than you’ve ever dreamed.
‘The Big Picture’ by Ben Carson w/Gregg Lewis
Dr. Ben Carson is known as the originator of ground-breaking surgical procedures, a doctor who turns impossible hopes into joyous realities. He is known as well as a compassionate humanitarian who reaches beyond corporate boardrooms to touch the lives of inner-city kids.
What drives him?
The Big Picture, a vision of something truly worth living for, something that calls forth the best of his amazing talents, energy, and focus. In The Big Picture, Dr. Carson shares with you the overarching philosophy that has shaped his life, causing him to rise from failure to far-reaching influence.
This book is not about HOW to succeed—it’s about WHY to succeed. It’s about broadening your perspectives. It’s about finding a vision for your own life that can reframe your priorities, energize your efforts, and inspire you to change the world around you.
‘Gifted Hands, Kids Edition: The Ben Carson Story’ by Gregg Lewis & Debra Shaw Lewis
Ben Carson used to be the class dummy. Today he is one of the world’s most brilliant surgeons. Gifted Hands Kids Edition tells the extraordinary true story of an angry, young boy from the inner city who, through faith and determination, grew up to become one of the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons.
When Ben was in school his peers called him the class dummy. But his mother encouraged him to succeed, and Ben discovered a deep love of learning. Ben found that anything is possible with trust and determination.
The movie, “Gifted Hands,” aired on TNT on February 7, 2009, and portrays the amazing, true story of Dr. Ben Carson. In this special movie tie-in print edition, kids will read how an angry inner-city boy grew up to become one of the world’s greatest neurosurgeons, and they will learn how anything is possible with faith and determination. Many had given up on Ben, including himself, but his mother never did. She encouraged him to do better and reach higher for his dreams. There are photographs of Ben and his family throughout the text with an 8-page color section of movie and behind-the-scene images.