In our 21st-century world, we insulate ourselves with safety. We insure everything from vacations to cell phones. But in the end, everyone faces risk. Even if our choices are not dramatic or the outcome not heartbreaking, what does it mean if we back away instead of move forward? Have we so muffled our hearts and minds that we fail to reach for all that life can offer us--and all that we can offer life? As a child on the dangerous streets of Detroit, and as a surgeon in operating theaters around the world, Dr. Ben Carson has learned all about risk--he faces it on a daily basis. Out of his perilous childhood, a world-class surgeon emerged precisely because of the risks Dr. Carson was willing to take. In this book, he examines our safety-at-all-costs culture and the meaning of risk and security in our lives.--From publisher description. Risking their lives -- To risk or not to risk? -- When is risk worth it? -- Life itself is a risky business -- The truth about risk -- Growing up "at risk" -- My risky behavior nearly got the best of me -- Risks I took that changed my life forever -- Four simple questions to help assess any risk -- Faith is a risk--whatever you believe -- Living your faith in an uncertain world -- Navigating professional risks -- My own personal risks in the face of death -- Taking yourself out of the middle of decisions -- Parenting perils? -- Public risk (and the beginning of some solutions) -- Even bigger risks -- Conclusion : my prescription in a dangerous world.