Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

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ISBN: 0-310-54651-6
ISBN-13: 9-780-310-5465-11
©1990 Review & Herald® Publishing Assn.

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"Gifted Hands by and about Ben Carson, M.D., is the inspiring story of an inner-city kid with poor grades and little motivation, who, at age thirty-three, became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Gifted Hands...more
Paperback edition, 1991, 232 pages
Published by Zondervan by arrangement with Review and Herald® Publishing Assn. (first published 1990)
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This is supposed be inspirational, but it seems to show how blessed and special Ben Carson is. I appreciate his message, but I come away not inspired but frustrated. What happens when folks pray and God says no or they don't get the same result Carson did?
And if it's supposed to be inspiriational why only one chapeter on his big thing, Think Big?
Recommended by Honey for a Teen's Heart, this promises to be an excellent story.

Wonderful, wonderful! This book is all about education and the importance of it. But, instead of being preachy, it's a great story. Even my 7 (almost 8) year old doesn't want to miss a bit of it. Some of the things we have tried to teach our kids are reiterated in this book. Yippee! Also, there is the wonderful aspect of faith in God and miracles throughout the pages of this book.

Book on tape is read by the author!
Maxx Lamb
Stop what you're doing. Read this right now. I did a gigantic project on this book. My God I loved it. It was simply remarkable.

The whole story of his life is inspiring, and the book causes you to become very emotionaly attached to Ben Carson as a character. I, at least, felt his struggles, victories, and failures quite strongly. If it's being rated by emotional investment, it gets 5 stars. If its being rated for writing style, it gets 5 stars. The voice is powerful and has a sincere tone to it...more
I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars, maybe even 4, but I'm not quite sure.

I love the story, particularly the beginning where he talks about his mother. (She's the reason I read the book -- I had heard a little teaser of the story at a presentation by Jim Trelease and wanted to hear more about her.) She is an incredible person and did what every mother should do -- give her kids a chance to be better and do more than she did.

Ben Carson and his brother were raised in inner-city Detroit, with their odds...more
I saw this man in clips from the National Prayer Breakfast and was so impressed by him. Learning more about him, I found out that he was a world renowned neurosurgeon out of Johns Hopkins. One of my sons needed brain surgery as an infant so I probably know more information about the brain than the typical stay at home mother, I have even met doctors that I know more than (sad). My second reason for finding him interesting is that my son-in-law is in residency for neurosurgery and everyone tell m...more
This is the true story of a remarkable man, and what led to his success. Dr. Carson is the head pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins. He began his life as a child in Detroit, Michigan. His Mom, who Dr Carson attributed much of his success to, was one of 20 plus siblings. She married at 13, and when Ben and his brother were young boys, they found out that his dad was a bigamist. When he left Ben's family, he was never seen by them again. Ben's Mom's third grade education assured her the necessi...more
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The true story of a boy who escaped the Detroit ghettos and pulled up his miserably failing grades thanks to an absentee working mother who forced her boys to do just one thing: read books. Even though she could barely read their reports, she required her basketball-obsessed, gang-banging boys to read books and report back to her about them (no TV!) and that one act made all the difference in their lives. They all went on to lead amazing lives, and Ben's is unbelievably accom...more
EXCELLENT BOOK. A surgeon's long journey from knife-wielding, street fighter in Detroit to master of the scalpel--a leader in pediatric neurosugery. I admired the way he gave God credit for his successes and the influence of his mother, who only went as far as 3rd grade herself.
This is a well written book. I have mixed reviews of Ben Carson. His talent and drive is unmeasurable, and his most admireable quality is his relationship and respect for God. But there isn't much he does not htink of himself. His arrogance in his own abilities at times put me off. Several times in his book her dismisses everyone else's opinion and continues to do as he pleases. I am not sure whether that is a lesson for me in needing to belive in yourself or permission to be completely self-abs...more
Tim Chavel
I hope that Ben Carson will run for President. This is the type of person we need to lead America back to our foundation. In his book "Gifted Hands" he shares his life story and what a story it is. Raised by a single Mom, he grows up without much of material things. He worked very hard to become a world renowned neurosurgeon. This book was also produced as a movie. I trust you will enjoy the quotes below:

“You’ve The Captain of Your Ship”
If things go bad for you-
And make you a bit ashamed,
Often y...more
Lisa Asanuma
I read this for a biography paper I did in elementary school, and I'm embarrassed to say that it usually takes a school assignment in order for me to read nonfiction (something I'll have to change, as I'm now obviously out of school). I really should re-read this, because I don't remember much about it at all, except for what the Cuba Gooding Jr. TV movie stirred up for me, and the fact that Dr. Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, along with, of course, the basics of the brilliant procedure Carso...more
Written in 1990, Gifted Hands is the autobiography of Ben Carson, who became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins at the ripe old age of 33. Growing up in Detroit, the son of a single black woman with a third grade education, it would be expected that Carson would dissolve into inner city oblivion. Instead, because of his mother's vision of potential, Ben and his brother both rose to prominence in their respective fields.

I found his mother's story to be inspiring. A simple demand...more
A wonderful book! I really enjoyed reading about Ben Carson and his story. The whole premise of this book can be shared in Ben's statement that
"It's my belief that God gives us all gifts, special abilities that we have the privilege of developing to help us serve Him and humanity."
Ben Carson shares his life story, starting from when he was eight years old and the events and people that played a major role in forming who he was and his beliefs. One of his biggest influences was from his mother,...more
Incredible! Made me want to "start my life over and make something of myself." Good tools for parents and teaching kids how to learn.
From inner city (Detroit) Ben Carson, a poor black kid , raised by a very determined single mother , to whom he dedicates the book , becomes a renowned neurosurgeon changing children's lives at John Hopkins Medical Center. An inspiring true story of determination, persistence , and faith. This 2011 reprint, with a forward by his mother, who was one of 24 siblings and married at age 13 (Can that be right ? wow ) is out in trade paperback and is a very quick read. Take two hours and restore your f...more
Mar 12, 2012 Rowena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to be inspired
This was a beautiful and inspirational book! Not only did a poor black man living in the ghetto of Detroit get an amazing education, he also became one of the most famous neurosurgeons in America.

What impressed me so much was his mother's determination; she was only 13 years old when she got married and, to make things worse, she became a single parent when her husband left her.Despite all this,she knew how important education and faith would be for her sons; she encouraged them to read books a...more
Oana Ungureanu
I can't express how much this book influenced me.
Starting from his childhood, Ben prooved to be a brave, optimistic and strong person who tried to do his best. And he succeded.

I devoured this book in one day, being a novice in this whole medical world. Because this what actually fascinated me. Doctors, bistouries, blood and patients in serious conditions. Do not blame me, I am not a freak or a morbid person. For me.. it is kind of preparation lecture. Getting prepared for the life and experience...more
I found this book inspirational on a number of levels. First, it shows what a mother can do to inspire her children when she refuses to give up on herself or on them. Second, it illustrates the power of the attitude that a person is responsible for his own fate. Third, it illustrates the value of allowing a firm belief in God to help direct your life and the value of being part of a religious organization composed of people who do their best to practice good Christian virtues. Forth, it gives nu...more
Abdulaziz  Albabtain
Never have I devoured a book like I did Gifted Hands!

I consider myself privileged to have witnessed a time when such great neurosurgeons like Ben Carson existed.

Lets get a few things out of the way, first this is an autobiography so expect more than a little self-praise that may at times seem too much. You might sense a bit of narcissism, but lets not forget who we're talking about!
If anyone in this world deserves to be narcissistic and self loving, it's definitely Ben Carson!

Another thing is th...more
I really like the book and the man. Great and inspiring story. He had many challenges, but he also had some real advantages. His mother was poor, but she worked hard and passed on a love of learning and knowledge, and instilled in her sons the idea that they could accomplish anything they chose to do.

Carson also started out in a decent school that was not predominantly welfare recipients (there's nothing wrong with being poor, but spending a lifetime on welfare creates a different mindset in mos...more
Jr Bacdayan
My dad gave me this book and made me read it. It's basically the autobiography of Dr. Ben Carson, a world renowned neurosurgeon that made headlines worldwide for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. The first half of the book is about his life. From his childhood through med-school, through his marriage and his children. His story is very interesting. He comes from a broken family, his mother raised him and his brother by herself in down-to...more
This is a really good autobiography. It discusses the journey that Ben Carson takes to become one of the most recognized neuro-surgeons in the United States. It sheds light on his childhood and his struggles that he faced during this period of his life and shows how he worked hard to become eduated and surpass many in becoming a very knowledgeabe/brillant student/doctor. He grew up with his mother who had minimal education yet she raised two children without a father and I must say did an excell...more
"Gifted Hands" is a book on the life of Ben Carson. Ben grew up in Detroit with his mother Sonya and brother Curtis. Ben's father left his mother to be with his another women who he also had a family with. So his mother rose him and is brother by herself her job required long hours but paid little. Surprisingly Ben didn't do well in school at first and was called dumb by the other children. Later his mother and teachers caused him to like school also his mother limited Ben and Curtis' TV time an...more
“Gifted Hands” was about a young man named Ben Carson. Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon at John Hopkins University Hospital. The purpose if this book “Gifted Hands” is that you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it. Gifted Hands is very captivating book. This book was captivating because I anticipated on what was going to happen next. The greatest strength in this book was that it felt like ben Carson was actually speaking to you. Gifted Hands is a book that inspires young African A...more
Veronica Trotter
Loved the book. It's crazy that I've known of Dr. Carson for years. I went to see him speak at TSU in Nashville some years ago while I was in dental school at Meharry Medical College. I purchased the book then... That was early 2000's. I just decided to read it in its entirety. I was pleasantly surprised that a lot if his story paralleled mine. Not so much the educational part of tough up bringing, but his thought processes. I underlined and highlighted so much because I was surprised to find -...more
While this book does showcase a life redeemed by God's grace and touched by His miraculous grace in specific ways, and while it IS an autobiography, I still had the uncomfortable feeling at the end of reading the book that this was a man-glorifying book rather than a God-glorifying book. I would point readers to another American neurosurgeon's autobiography instead, David Levy's Gray Matter.
This book is not designated for one particular age group. It is a great read for both adults and children. This book is a great teaching tool to teach diversity and also adversity. It teaches people, especially children, that no matter how rough of a life you had or what obstacles come your way, even what failures you may run into, anything can be accomplished. The book also has a great plot line that is easy to follow. I also think that this book is a great read because in many cases, it is rel...more
Mackenzie Dare
I loved reading this book! It was truly inspirational! The story of Ben Carson, a famous neurosurgeon with a quite unexpected start. Neither of his parents were doctors. His father left them when he was young. His mother could barely read. His family wasn't rich and famous. He didn't go to advanced schools. He came from a ghetto with a single mom who had to spend most of her time working to support them. He didn't do well in school, and he had a violent temper. Life didn't give him his start. He...more
A fascinating read about a poor young black kid from Detroit who has ambitions to be a doctor. After many trials to get through school he eventually becomes a gifted neurosurgeon who performs hemispherectomies - removing half of people's brains as well as other intriguing surgeries like crainiectomies. It's quite amazing that half of a person's brain can be removed and the other brain cells will adapt and the individual can still function. I wish I had read this book with a diagram of the human...more
“Successful people don’t have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.”

I watched the movie first and proceeded to watch it many times over because I enjoyed it so much. Of course reading the book you get a better look into Dr. Ben Carson's life. He is such an interesting person and a true inspiration. How a kid who was at the bottom and believed he was dumb could grow up to be one of the world's top neurosurgeons proves you can do anything you set your...more
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Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr., M.D. is an American neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States by President George W. Bush in 2008.
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