• The Big Picture

  • Getting Perspective on What's Really Important
  • By: Ben Carson MD
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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By: Ben Carson MD
Narrated by: John Pruden
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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Ben Carson is known as the originator of ground-breaking surgical procedures, a doctor who turns impossible hopes into joyous realities. He is also known as a compassionate humanitarian who reaches beyond corporate boardrooms to touch the lives of inner-city kids.

Where does this drive and focus come from? 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 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.

©2010 Ben Carson (P)2010 Zondervan

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"Carson's lively storytelling will capture the hearts of his readers." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Religious rubbish

[{ answer : If there was a warning that this book is filled with religious content. Disclaimer, I couldn't get very far through it before I was turned off, and am a fan of Sam Harris' atheist / philosophical / spiritual ideas - just to give an idea on my mini review. I also don't live in America, as I'd likely have known enough about this chap to never entertain buying this book in the first place.

The narrator does a good job, but the content of the book is probably a bit too preachy for atheists. I turned off not long after hearing him use the old \god works in mysterious ways\ rubbish after his patients die, followed shortly by him praying that he'd have a fun time on safari. Of course, the twins die, he sees some pretty animals, and all is well in the world. Hard to stomach life advice from someone who operates like that., type : Overall, question : What would have made The Big Picture better?, id : 55, typeString : overall }, { answer : , type : Story, question : Has The Big Picture turned you off from other books in this genre?, id : 23, typeString : story }, { answer : , type : Performance, question : What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?, id : 27, typeString : performance }, { answer : , type : Genre, question : What character would you cut from The Big Picture?, id : 89, typeString : genre }, { answer : , type : Misc, question : Any additional comments?, id : -1, typeString : misc } ]

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Good Book! Not the best narrator, but great story

Dr. Carson's life story is very interesting to me. I saw the Lifetime movie, Gifted Hands, and have been a fan since then. I've also seen him offering medical insight and political commentary on several news channels. I purchased 2 of his books. This book was good - very inspirational. Dr. Carson makes no apology for being a man of faith - I find that refreshing.
I did not however enjoy the narrator. This would have been so much better if Dr. Carson would have read it, but it was still a good story. I recommend it to anyone interested in a rags to riches story of how to overcome difficult circumstances.

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great way to learn

great way to learn, expand the knowledge on the go. It is a great way to exercise the mind while you walk, exercise etc.