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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  6,981 ratings  ·  1,043 reviews
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
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Paperback edition, 1991, 232 pages
Published by Zondervan by arrangement with Review and Herald® Publishing Assn. (first published 1990)
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TJ
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?
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
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Cindi
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!
Bethany
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
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Ronna
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
Jenny
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
Colleen
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
Beth
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.
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
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Kelly
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
Angie
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,
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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
Lois
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
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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
Rosslyn
“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
Amina
قصة حياة الدكتور في جراحة الأعصاب ، بين كارسون ملهمة حقا ... سيظل دائما أحد الأشخاص الذين يلهمونني و أتطلع لأن أكون مثلهم ..
يُذكر بأن أهم و أول عمليّة من نوعها قام بها الدكتور هي فصل توأمان سياميان ألمانيان ﻣﺘﺼﻠﻴﻦ ﻋﻨﺪ ﺍﻟﺮﺃﺱ ..
ﻓﻲ ﻋﺎﻡ 2009 تمّ منحه الوسام الرئاسي للحريّة ،، وهي أعلى تكريم تمنحه الحكومة الأمريكيّة للمدنيين .
Isabelle Bednorski
When Ben Carson was a young boy, his dad had would always leave on Sunday’s, but nobody knew why. Soon Ben found out. He dad was married to a lady and had children will this lady, without his Sonja, Ben’s mother, knowing. Ben told his mother, and soon his dad moved out to live with the lady he had been seeing. So basically, for most of Ben’s life he didn’t have a dad.
Ben had failed academically because of his eye sight, until the school nurse checked out his eyesight, and saw that he was nearly
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Charissa
This memoir about Ben Carson’s life was enthralling. It was inspiring to read of Ben’s life from his earliest childhood growing up in a single mom home of poverty in the ghetto to his success as a world-renowned surgeon for John Hopkins in the field of neurology. I loved how the influence of his hard-working mother instilled in him a love of learning and self-reliance. She wouldn’t let him watch more than 2 television shows a week and he had to read 2 books a week. Reading about his surgery work ...more
Misti
Excellent! Education, character, perseverance, and faith....layers and layers of great stuff in this one. What a great autobiography of inspiration.
Carol
Incredible! Made me want to "start my life over and make something of myself." Good tools for parents and teaching kids how to learn.
Camie
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
Eimad
Incredible man with an incredible book. The first time I watched his biopic (though more like adaption from this book) I know I gotta have this book. Kinokuniya doesn't disappoint me this time. A few chapters and I am totally hooked. What else can u ask from someone? He rose from the bottom to the very pinnacle of medicine. And it ain't a walk in the park. It may sound cliche but who cares, if u want something u gotta do it. I smiled when I arrived to the chapter when he rose through the rank in ...more
Rowena
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
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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
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John
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
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Karen
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
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Sharon
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
Cameron
"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
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
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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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