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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

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In this special Johnson & Johnson TNT movie tie-in edition, kids will read how Ben Carson, an African-American, was able to accomplish his dream through faith and determination. Includes photographs of Ben and his family growing up with a special 8-page color photo section of movie and behind-the-scene images.
Paperback, 142 pages
Published January 29th 2009 by Zonderkidz (first published January 1st 2009)
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This was another book that I taught at Oakland Community College. Ben Carson flew out of the worst situation in the deepest part of Detroit, becoming an Eagle Scout and ultimately Director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins children's Center. He also earned the Presidential Medal of Peace. Carson and his wife are paying back big time by means of the Carson scholars Fund with awards that have gone out to 42 states, and probably more by now.
The book takes the reader through his childhood a
I thought I’d read this previously, however a friend sent it to me for Christmas and when I started looking over it, none of it looked familiar. So I read it properly and certainly was inspired by the story of Ben Carson and his humble beginnings and overcoming prejudice to become a very skilled neurosurgeon, able to restore hope to many families.
Oct 09, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first couple chapters of this book were painful: preachy and condescending. Luckily I kept going. This turned out to be a great book. It is a biography of Ben Carson a neruosurgeon. It was written for a younger audience. What I found most impressive about Dr. Carson was his faith in God. There were several moments in his life when he needed help and turned to God. His faith always resulted in miracles that changed the direction his life would have done otherwise. He is the first to admit tha ...more
Ria Gill
May 04, 2014 Ria Gill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a true story about the life of noted pediatric surgeon, Ben Carson and his ability to overcome the negative perception of others. I originally read this book about five years ago. I was moved how Ben Carson overcame being called names by other kids, being raised by a single mother, struggling his first year of medical school to the point that an advisor suggested he quit, and having to work jobs such as that of a crane operator, while still attending Yale (w ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. A touching story of a young man who really learned the lessons of life. At the end of his book he tells to Think Big. He proceeds to tell you about each of those letters and sends a message that every one is important in life and what you do with that life is up to you. His examples are excellent for all teens to read. I read this in one afternoon. This young man became a neurosurgeon. He was raised by a single Mom who was herself a very wise lady. He was Black and came ...more
Apr 20, 2015 aibrahim4 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Carson was a neurosurgeon. Neurosurgeons are smart people, but Ben Carson wasn't always smart. In fact, he used to be the class dummy. He studied hard that soon, he was one of the best students in school. He got many offers to go to different universities. He chose Yale. The classes were hard and soon he thought he shouldn't be a doctor anymore. He worked hard and soon he graduated and became a neurosurgeon. He did many risky surgeries like the Hemispherectomy, cutting half of the brain so t ...more
May 01, 2012 Lastrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to know that Dr. Ben Carson did not know that he wanted to become a doctor and was just like many other young kids who did not find school exciting. However, through the love and support of an awesome mother, she encouraged both of her boys to get a good quality education. We follow Ben through the struggles of poverty, embarrassment and living in a single parent home. Through all the exposure of music, art, and reading that was given to Dr. Carson, he eventually found himself becomi ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Kammera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely captivating my fourth graders imaginations! They groan when I have to stop reading. Ben Carson embodies many positive character traits . The students also love the fact that he was known as the class dummy in fifth grade and that he then goes on to become a famous neurosurgeon. Many of my students come from the same backgrounds and they really are inspired by him book. almost done with the book!! sad:(
After finishing my students burst into applause!!! Amazingly, the next day,w
Etta Mcquade
May 12, 2014 Etta Mcquade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a book to read on Mother's Day! The teachings of his mother that kept Ben Carson on the right path to becoming the world's foremost pediatric neurosurgeon,is remarkably inspiring. Add to that his own diligence and hard work, his incredible faith in a living God, and his unbelievable accomplishments, especially in the disjoining of Siamese twins, and I was astonded and grateful for such people in this world.
Lachelle Cooper
Ages 9-12

I read this story in Middle school and took a trip to Johns hopkins to visit him. This book is about Dr.Ben Carson's life and the many struggles he went through as child. Growing uop in a single parent home, Ben and his brother were under privilage kids who lived in the inner city and attended public school.Ben who was known as the class dummy was told he would never amount to anything in his life went on to prove those who doubted him wrong. Ben Carson becam
Jose Canchola
Gifted Hands Book Review
By: Jose Canchola
Poor Black kid who lived in Detroit, moved all the time, Father was a bigamist. Mother only had a 3rd grade education. This book describes the story of the world renown neurosurgeon and a presidential candidate for the 2016 race who defeated all odds and broke the curse of being a poor black kid in the ghetto and wouldn’t amount to nothing. His name would be Benjamin Solomon Carson. In the book Gifted Hands it talks about Ben Carson and his life story a
Ashley Sampson
"Gifted Hands" is a biography about Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant pediatric neurosurgeon. Dr. Carson grew up in poverty, was not only teased and told he was a dummy by those around him, but also wondered if it were true himself. His mother decided to turn things around for her children after she left their father, and made them devote their time to reading. She found faith in God and used him to guide her way through their childhood. Dr. Carson and his brother hardly saw their mother because of he ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids ages 9-14
I loved this book! I think it would be very inspirational to upper elementary students and middle school students (especially those who struggle in school). Ben Carson learned to overcome his disadvantaged upbringing and racial prejudice mainly by learning to love reading. He went from being a struggling student whom others made fun of in 5th grade to the boy at the of his class just a few years later. God was also and important part of Ben's life and there are many details on this.
Jalen Anderson
Jul 07, 2015 Jalen Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't often that I read an autobiographical work about a neurosurgeon from Detroit, let alone a black guy from Detroit. I take that back, I never read books about black kids from Detroit becoming prestigious neurosurgeons and performing cutting edge operations that hadn't been accomplished. There just aren't many stories out there like this to read. Ben Carson is an icon if I've ever seen one, and it is a shame that his name is not as widely recognized as the latest pop star or athlete. This ...more
Jeff Suwak
Jun 07, 2015 Jeff Suwak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was in the airport and needed a book to read. I saw this for 6 bucks and picked it up. I love inspirational stories of people who have overcome great odds to be where they are.

I didn't even realize upon my impulse buy that this version is for kids. Still, it was a good, thought provoking read. It's probably too simple for most adults, but I gave it 5 stars because I feel it would be immensely useful to kids, especially those who have come from backgrounds that did not support success and enco
Katarína Štěpaníková
The book is a good motivation book. If you have a determined mum, whose never giving up and encouraging you, eventhough her own childhood and a very difficult situations she experienced, were hard, and with the trust in God, everything is possible! I loved that book and want to read the following one: "Think big - unleashing your potential for exellence"
Jun 26, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Very good book to get acquainted with Dr. Ben Carson. I ended up w/ a kids version because it was given to my mom to read and I told her I wanted to read it as well. I am so glad I did. Very inspiring. Shows how much you can accomplish if you just trust in God and the gifts God gave you to use to help others. I can't wait to get other books by him as well.
Basim Marwan Gotah
My background included many people with skillful hands, only Dr. Carson dared to call it a "Miracle". He often just prayed and expected things to work out. The lessons in this book gives a false hope for people believing they are special. Dr. Carson indirectly refers himself as a holy man that gets help from God in various incidents and successes.

Although He explaines in early chapters a very relevent qoute to relaying on one's self " You are the captain of your own ship", it resonated only in
Jan 16, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Carson grew up in poverty. His mother worked 3 jobs to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. When, as a teenager, Ben wanted money for fancy clothes, his mom gave him all the money she made and told him to pay the bills and buy the food. He found that there was no extra money. No excuses were accepted for bad grades, etc. He was in control of his own life. Ben was also raised to have great faith which it evident throughout the book. I loved this book and will eagerly recommend i ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this small easy to read book about a disadvantaged boy who trusted in his mother's words and believed that God would help him become who he wanted to be. This story is inspiring and full of stories that most people can relate to. I loved the fact that Ben often turned to God. His faith in God which started out with his faith in his mother, is reflected well in this book. I loved the simplicity of this man's faith all the while working very hard to be worthy of the gifts God gave him. I w ...more
Hazeem Neal
Sep 13, 2015 Hazeem Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Gifted Hands" by Ben Carson is the story of Ben Carson a man who was young growing up with bad grades and not many friends, he was not very popular and kept to himself a lot. At the age of thirty-three he became director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins University Hospital. It speaks on all of his accomplishments and his life having a wife named Candy are the parents of three grown sons and they live in Baltimore County, Maryland. I think this is a good book, because it explains his li ...more
Julie Stephen
Jul 09, 2013 Julie Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My son is going to read this for one of his summer reading books so I thought I would read it too. Great book, very inspiring. Excited for him to read and then watch the movie together.
Jul 03, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool
In December our family watched the movie by the same name. We were so inspired by Dr. Carson's life that I sought out his biography for additional details. This is the children's version & I liked it better than the adult version. It was written more recently, so it includes events that had not yet occurred when the original biography for adults was written. After my boys read it on their own, we read it aloud as a family, which was a great opportunity for discussions of faith & values w ...more
Ann Ferber
May 07, 2015 Ann Ferber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I have heard about this book in so many schools that I have been at. I finally got to read it for myself, and it is just as inspiring as people say it is. The book talks about his hardships as a young boy and that although he had times he struggled he always believed he would make something of himself. He got this faith in himself from his mom. After a life of poverty and living in high-crime areas he pushed himself and became a neurosurgeon. This is a great text for all students to read. I feel ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a juvenile non fiction book (the only one in our library system - I didn't know there were other, adult-level books!), so it is written pretty simply. But I loved the story! Ben Carson, with his humility, hard work, and faith in God, is an inspiration - this has made me want to work harder to develop my talents, and use them to serve and help others. I also feel a connection to the story, having lived through the med school and residency craziness. I think I would have chosen another ver ...more
Natacha Okazaki
Jan 25, 2013 Natacha Okazaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book and I read it to my kids too. Ben Carson is a great guy, I respect him a lot.
Tiffany Askins
May 07, 2014 Tiffany Askins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Ben Carson is a world renowned pediatric surgeons. Dr. Carson grew up in the inner city and went from being the dumbest kid in his class to the smartest kid. The book discusses Dr. Carson's determination, motivation, and perseverance. I read this book to my class to help students understand that smarts is not the only thing you need to be "successful" in life. I especially chose this nonfiction book to expose children to other heroes besides athletes and to encourage those kiddos that strugg ...more
Lady Morganna
May 31, 2015 Lady Morganna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully inspiring book about Dr. Carson!!! This true story of a man who had a very bad start in life i.e. poverty, father abandoned he, his mom and brother at a very early age, and turned his life around to become one of the most respected neurosurgeon's in the world today! His resume is incredible!

Dr. Carson is a man of wisdom and faith. Extremely intelligent man who has extremely intelligent solutions to solving all kinds of problems ... with his common sense approach!!!

LOVE this book!!!
This is a short and inspiring biography of a famous pediatric neurosurgeon who rose to the heights of his career from a poverty-stricken childhood. His dogged pursuit of education and love of learning propelled him to achieve his dreams.

This book was chosen by the book club our girls attend. It's truly a worthwhile read and I hope that our girls find inpsiration in his story.

May 2015 update: I was a bit surprised when Mr. Carson announced that he was running for the 2016 Presidential election.
Jan 06, 2015 Shakaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Carson is... amazing.

His story is really special and it proves that God uses everyone and everyone has the ability to do amazing things. I am inspired by Ben Carson to believe in myself more, and you should feel that way too if you read this. His story is really encouraging, anyone who has ever thought they were disadvantaged in life, worthless or "dumb", this book is for you. Because everything is possible, and if you believe in yourself, dreams really can come true.

Reading this book is re
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“For a long time, Ben had sensed that something was wrong. He had not heard his parents scream or shout at one another for days. He seldom even heard them argue. Instead they would just quit talking to each other until the whole house filled with a deep and disturbing quiet. Those silences gradually became longer and much more frequent. His father seemed to be gone more and more.” 1 likes
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