Book Monday: Take the Risk by Ben Carson

Posted: May 16, 2011 in Book Monday
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by Beng Alba

A book that captures the interest of the reader will be hard to put down. Any editor will tell you that for any book to be noticed, it’s crucial that the book hooks—all efforts must be made to bait and reel the reader in. This one succeeded. I found it difficult, if not impossible, to peel my eyes away from the introductory pages that detailed a world-class surgeon’s first person account of his experience with the Bijani twins’ separation surgery.

Take the Risk, published by Zondervan. Distributed in the Phils by OMF Literature

But this book, though presented in the perspective of one of the world’s most accomplished doctors, is not entirely about medicine. Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk is a survivor’s account of how all his life he had to grapple with insurmountable setbacks. Born to a dysfunctional family, with numerous odds stacked against him, Ben Carson traveled the long way from being a class dummy into becoming a top neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins.

Carson draws us into the book with stories of his childhood and how he battled poverty, low self-esteem and lack of purpose with his faith in God and his unrelenting belief that he was called to be a doctor. Along the way, he encountered risks—ducking a few while embracing most. His lifetime of risks enabled him to formulate his own fool-proof way of weighing his options that will dictate his course of action. He calls it the Best and Worst Analysis (B/WA):

What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?

What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?

What is the best thing that can happen if I don’t do it?

What is the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do it?

It’s interesting how he asked himself these simple questions while making major and minor decisions. Will he take the case of conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh when both have a stratospherically high chance of flat-lining on the operating table? Would he be willing to appear as himself in a Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear?


Take the Risk is one of the most inspiring and entertaining books I’ve read in a while and I have no reservations in recommending it to anyone who wants a good read. So risk spending some money and time on this 236-page volume. It is one risk that can help you reap great rewards.

[This book sells for 590 pesos but for two weeks, from May 16-31,you may get it at 40% off or only 354 pesos from OMFLit. Stocks are limited so let me encourage you to take my word, take the risk and buy it. 🙂 Like us on FB and visit for the list of other titles at 40% off and contact details of our 11 bookstores or check out


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