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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  12,577 Ratings  ·  1,657 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
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 1991 by Zondervan by arrangement with Review and Herald® Publishing Assn. (first published 1990)
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Joon Rhee No. Turns out parts of it aren't true either.
Anne Marie Gifted Hands tells the story of Dr. Ben Carson, who went from a inner city kid living in Detroit, to a world renown neurosurgeon. Its a very inspiring…moreGifted Hands tells the story of Dr. Ben Carson, who went from a inner city kid living in Detroit, to a world renown neurosurgeon. Its a very inspiring story and I highly recommend it. (less)
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Jun 20, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!

Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

As a public figure or medical biography, a motivational mentoring guide, a triumph over adversity story, as an inspirational biography . . . All of the above, Gifted Hands par excellence.

"The bottom line . . . We create our own destiny by the way we do things. We have to take advantage of opportunities and be responsible for our choices."

Raised in disadvantaged circumstances - poverty, single parent home, tenement housing, gang infested neighborhoods - Ben Carson could have become
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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sarah Grace
Very inspiring and encouraging! I really enjoyed this book.
Veronica Trotter
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-that, throwback
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
Uncle Tootie
Dec 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If his hands are so gifted, how did he write such an awful book? In "Gifted Hands", Dr. Ben's arrogance, holiness, and fairy tales ceaselessly damage what should be an inspiring story. Further, God makes multiple cameos in Ben's life to provide money ($10 bills found on the ground) test answers (don't waste your time studying kids, just pray), and of course, gifted hands (blessed hand-eye coordination, Ben would have been an unbeatable ping-pong player). Unfortunately, God forgets to give Dr. Ca ...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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