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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

(ZonderKidz Biography)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,200 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Ben Carson used to be the class dummy. Today he is one of the world s most brilliant surgeons. Gifted Hands Kids Edition tells the extraordinary true story of an angry, young boy from the inner city who, through faith and determination, grew up to become one of the world s leading pediatric neurosurgeons. When Ben was in school, his peers called him the class dummy. But hi ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Zonderkidz (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bethany
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Kathryn
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Jessica
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Lastrong
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kammera
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Maureen
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Pam
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lachelle Cooper
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
autobiography
Ages 9-12
Paperback/Audio

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
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Ria Gill
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Etta Mcquade
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Angela
Jun 17, 2015 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.
Sarah Weathersby
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book about five years ago. My book club loved Carson's story, growing up with little means and becoming a world renown surgeon. The club members were so encouraged by his story that we grabbed up every copy we could find of his book to give to Girls' and Boys' Clubs.

But after the events of the last 12 months, we're all scratching our heads wondering what went wrong.
Natacha Okazaki
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book and I read it to my kids too. Ben Carson is a great guy, I respect him a lot.
Julie Stephen
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Alyssa Brown
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible man!
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
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Miller Long
This book is a very powerful, amazing book. This book takes place during childhood until the career of Dr. Ben Carson, who was an amazing neurosurgeon. This book goes through Ben’s childhood difficulties, and shows us how he fought through them and became an amazing neurosurgeon. This book is truly inspiring. It had inspired me to believe in myself, and to believe in God, and to love God with all my heart.
Ben had it very rough through his childhood. His father left their family, and Ben grew u
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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
Jeff Suwak
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jalen Anderson
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Tamera
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Before going into my review, let me say for the record this book has a great message - if you work hard, you can do anything. Yup, it is inspiring, and I understand why its on so many school reading lists. So, with that out of the way, what did I personally think of the book? Honestly, I felt like I was reading a Scholastic book from school. It was poorly written, with lots of simple sentences, fragments, and explanation marks. I had trouble not rolling my eyes at some of the "miracles" - findin ...more
Basim Marwan Gotah
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Erin
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Theresa
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
aibrahim4
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Lisa
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Linda
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 with the ...more
Ann Ferber
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Hazeem Neal
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
"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
Jaime
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a revealing biography of the gifted surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, M.D. Starting with his youth of stringent upbringing in spite of having a temper, young Ben Carson grew up under the influence of of Christian mother who saw great things for the man. What comes through is Ben's strong spirit and eventual embracing of knowledge. We see him stumble, be humbled, learn and grow into a man of virtue. We also see his great heart and belief in the divine healing that he was given by God. This is an u ...more
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