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Worth the Cost?: Becoming a Doctor Without Forfeiting Your Soul

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This doctor was happily on his way to obtaining the American Dream until he decided to take seriously Jesus' command to "Come, follow me." Every year tens of thousands hopeful students apply to medical school. This is the story of one doctor's medical journey, how he was happily on his way to obtaining the American Dream until he decided to take seriously Jesus' command to ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 26th 2013 by Healthy Life Press (first published September 26th 2013)
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Elizabeth Trader
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given this book at my strategic medical mission trip, and it was such a helpful way to process the emotional and spiritual costs of going into the healthcare industry. I love how he pushed readers to evaluate their motives honestly and to be a Christian who happens to be in “doctor” rather than a “doctor” who happens to be a Christian. The only issue I had was that the narrative voice/jokes seemed to be geared towards high school students, but it wasn’t too distracting.
Henry Huang
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I deeply appreciate Dr. Tsai's heart in conveying his thoughts regarding medicine, faith, and application in light of biblical truth - it bleeds out in his humor, struggle, and love as he shares throughout the book. His primary question for the disciple of Jesus considering medicine (or any other intensive graduate program or career) is "who will you follow"?

Dr. Tsai threads the needle well in his first publication by getting to the core by first assessing our identity: whether we are in Christ
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Ben Watt
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Worth the Cost? is exactly the sort of book I wanted to read. Dr. Tsai is a young physician in California who practices family medicine for poor patients, as well as ministering in his church, and in his case, becoming a doctor has been worth the cost. He weaves his own story, along with a good measure of sly humor, into his advice for medical students, pre-medical students, or pre-pre-meds (like me).

Medical training not only comes with a frightening financial cost and encyclopedic studying, but
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Dahm Nu-win
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I also posted this to amazon, but if anyone in the medical field is looking for a great book to determine if they are going into the medical field for the right reasons, this book is for you. I read this book as someone who is applying to medical school and was pleasantly surprised on how much insight I was given into my own life goals. The way Dr. Tsai writes the book makes it very easy to connect with what he is saying. And even though the book is based around the teachings of the bible, quoti ...more
John Feng
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a Christian medical student at a major university, I found this book to be immensely practical in re-centering myself on the Gospel. This book provides excellent insights into the emotional and spiritual challenges uniquely faced by medical providers while giving practical application of the Gospel into every area of life.

Dr. Tsai gives a refreshing reminder that the biggest battles we face are not against our circumstances but rather our sin that separates us from our Creator. He gives a cle
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Mike Sun
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although I am not a doctor, nor do I aspire to be one, I still found this book very relevant and encouraging in my own walk with Christ. Dr. Jack has counted the cost of following Christ and lives according to his convictions. Following Christ and dying to self day after day is not easy. Its good to know that others share in that same struggle and are able to continually make choices that are pleasing to God as opposed to pleasing to man. Following Christ is hard and worldly pursuits will easily ...more
Cate Choy
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was interested in reading this book after hearing Dr. Tsai speak at a Christian conference for college students. This book shed light on what it means to be a Christian who is called to the workforce, rather than living as someone who is in the workforce and also happens to be a Christian. I would recommend this book not only to those considering a career in medicine, but also to all those who are striving to live according to God's will in any domain of the workplace. The book gives practical ...more
Aaron Kang
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While the importance of prioritizing God in the pursuit of one's professional calling, whether that be a medical calling or otherwise, is heavily emphasized throughout, all Christians should find Dr. Tsai's poignant warning that the things we choose not to prioritize now will be the same things we fail to prioritize in the future to be undeniably relevant. Prioritizing God in the present is not a professional dilemma; it is a continual life choice, Dr. Tsai reminds us. Moreover, Dr. Tsai express ...more
Tanya Liu
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a business major in my senior year of college, I was not sure what this book could offer me as I felt no particular calling to the medical field. But! This book proved to speak to a wide range of readers. At the core, it is written about how to live and walk with Christ, regardless of what school of study you might be in. Tsai does a great job of giving solid truths and reminders about how to be a disciple in such a way that is applicable and practical, as well as share his own struggles as a ...more
Parker
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book especially for those who are considering medicine or desire to learn cost of following Jesus. I was challenged to not pursue a career because it provides significance and security. Only relationship with God provides for these desires. However, medicine is a great choice to serve the Lord we must be mindful not to make that our Lord of our life. "Keep Jesus your first love and God's kingdom your first priority, and it will be worth the cost whatever you do."
Mike Troupos
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice read for anyone thinking about entering the medical profession.
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Dr. Jack Tsai is a family physician dedicated to the care of the medically underserved, with a special interest in the care for the homeless. He received his undergraduate degree in Physiological Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine where he helped to oversee the street medical outreach team.

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