Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Yesterday the kids and I went to the library and I picked up two of Ben Carson's books. I couldn't decide which one to get and what the difference was between them. I started reading Think Big and I'm about halfway finished.
What a great book! I highly recommend reading this inspiring story. Not only is it inspiring because of Ben Carson and his standards for excellence in the midst of hardship but because of his mother's love and influence in his life- encouraging him to do his best in everything he did. His mother, who was illeterate with a third grade education would constantly tell him he could be and would be the best in whatever he decided to do, after putting God first in his life. What I like about her is she didn't drive him but she gently and consistently encouraged him by recognizing his achievements and telling him he could do even better, unleashing his potential. He went from thinking he was the dumbest kid in his 5th grade class to then believing what his mother said was true and then excelling beyond his classmates in every area.
I really believe that because of his mother's prayers God placed the right mentors in Ben's life. From elementary school all the way up to his career as a neurosurgeon at John's Hopkins there have been teachers who encouraged him to strive for excellence and that believed in him, propelling him forward. I could go on and on. Get the book, people!
I also grabbed his first book, Gifted Hands, and started reading it to the kids. We are on the 3rd chapter and they are already hooked.