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Publisher's Summary

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Shaun on 12-23-08


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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jake on 12-31-13

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. 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.

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