Thursday, September 4, 2008


I just finished reading and doing a summary for Christian Book Summaries of Dr. Ben Carson's newest book Take the Risk. It's an excellent read. It's not a dig-in study type book; but there are enough takeaways to make it worth your read.

Carson is a world-renown brain surgeon out of Johns Hopkins. The book is filled with personal stories of risky surgeries he has performed and how he decides whether or not to take certain cases. His faith in God is apparent throughout the book.

He has developed a formula called the Best/Worst Analysis (B/WA) to help him make decisions. Here is the formula in a nutshell:

  • What is the best that can happen if I do it?

  • What is the worst that can happen if I do it?

  • What is the best that can happen if I don't do it?

  • What is the worst that can happen if I don't do it?

All of life is filled with risk. We are entralled to read stories and watch TV programs where people risk their lives doing things. On the other hand, we are obsessed with risk and are afraid to do anything that involves risk. Carson makes a strong case that all of life is filled with risk; and we will never accomplish anything significant unless we are willing to move forward with calculated risk.

The famous doctor ventures into other arenas to demonstrate how the B/WA can be helpful in making decisions. He gives examples in the arena of parenting, the workplace, government, etc. His ideas of curing the national debt were mouth-opening. Let me just say that his idea involves completely doing away with money and establishing a non-cash based sytem and a flat-rate taxation of every citizen. It's wild! He has spoken with the President and Congressmen, and they all agree that his idea would probably work. Buy the book and read this section for yourself.

The book is not just for ministers. Anyone would do well to make the purchase and jump in.

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