Today I will talk about an author I like very much. About Ben Carson.
I could write a post about a book I read but I really wanted to talk about him and the books I’ve read. I know he has some other things going on now, but I will strictly write about the books I’ve read by him.
Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is a retired American neurosurgeon and politician. Born in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School, Carson has authored numerous books on his medical career and political stances and was the subject of a television drama film in 2009.
He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. Among his achievements as a surgeon were separating conjoined twins and developing a hemispherectomy technique for controlling seizures. Both achievements were recognized in 2008 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Wikipedia)
Among his achievements as a surgeon were separating conjoined twins and developing a hemispherectomy technique for controlling seizures. Both achievements were recognized in 2008 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Wikipedia)
I heard about Ben Carson 4-5 years ago when I was in college and I read 4 books written by him in a very short time. I also watched the movie about his life.
The books I’ve read are:
1. Gifted hands
2. Think big
3. Take the risk
4. The big picture
I can’t tell you exactly which was my favorite book, or if I had a favorite one, the thing is, I loved all four books, these are some of the books that inspired me very much.
In every book, he talks about his faith, his work, and struggles and he also talks about his family, wife, mother.
He is very open and sincere.
I liked very much all of his books, you read the books easily, you don’t even realize when you finish them.
His life has not been an easy one because he lived only with his mother and brother, his family was poor, his mother had to work very much.
His mother was illiterate, but she was very hard-working, she had 2-3 jobs to be able to take care of her two children.
Though she was illiterate, she knew very good what was better for her children and came up with a system for them.
Parents should learn from what she did: the kids were allowed to watch tv only a short period of time in a day and because of that, they had free time, so she sent them to the public library to get books.
At the beginning, they were not happy about what their mother had in store for them but they could not say anything.
What the mother said, would remain said. I can’t say she was a strict mother, I know she wanted the best for her children.
The thing is, Ben started liking the books and then, loving them.
He would love biology books, which led him eventually to become a doctor.
He talked a lot about his life, about the good influence of his mother to his life, he also talked about books and education.
Books and the education he received, helped him to become what he is today, and this a lesson for us, that books can change lives.
They were poor, but that didn’t make a change in his education because his mother knew that education is the most important thing, not money.
Nelson Mandela, another great man said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Ben Carson talked a lot about his faith in God. I remember that he said that he likes very much to read from the Proverbs book, that he guides his life from this book.
When I read verses from this book, sometimes, I remember his words. His books are inspirational and devotional.
He helped me realize I can do very much even with a smile to somebody who needs it. God worked in a beautiful way in his life, in many ways from what I read in his books.
His books helped me, the books I’ve read and I know he has others, and I would like to read them.
I’ve seen that his wife also has a book, it’s on my to-read list, I’m sure it’s very interesting.
I liked it very much how his life changed and that inspired me. His mother had a good influence in his life, he started loving books, he found pleasure in reading them, and also, he started learning more in school.
Since then, he just went up, he made a college, he found the right girl for him, and become what he wanted, a great doctor, with the help of God.
I really encourage you to read his books, they will change you.
Here are some of his quotes:
“Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.”
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”
“Do your best and let God do the rest.”
“Tell the truth. If you tell the truth all the time you don’t have to worry three months down the line about what you said three months earlier. Truth is always the truth. You won’t have to complicate your life by trying to cover up.”
“To THINK BIG and to use our talents doesn’t mean we won’t have difficulties along the way. We will–we all do. If we choose to see the obstacles in our path as barriers, we stop trying. “We can’t win,” we moan. “They won’t let us win.”
Books I’ve read with the letter B (which I can remember):
1. Back from Africa – Hofmann Corinne
2. The Basket of Flowers: A Tale for the Young – Christoph von Schmid
3. Be Faithful Unto Death – Zsigmond Moricz
4. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams – Sharon Jaynes
5. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
6. The Big Picture – Ben Carson
7. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
8. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
9. Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship – Joshua Harris
10. The Balloon Hoax – Edgar Allan Poe
11. But You Did Not Come Back – Marceline Loridan-Ivens
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