Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

by Ben Carson, Cecil Murphey
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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson, Cecil Murphey

Ben Carson, M.D., works medical miracles. Today, he's one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons in the world. In Gifted Hands, he tells of his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33. Ben Carson is a role model for anyone who attempts the seemingly impossible as he takes you into the operating room where he has saved countless lives. Filled with fascinating case histories, this is the dramatic and intimate story of Ben Carson's struggle to beat the odds -- and of the faith and genius that make him one of the greatest life-givers of the century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310214694
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 12/01/1996
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 40,175
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 1984, he was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a position he retired from in 2013. In 2008, he was named the inaugural recipient of a professorship in his name, the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Also in 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the land. He was the keynote speaker for the President’s National Prayer Breakfasts in 1997 and 2013. Through his philanthropic foundation, the Carson Scholars Fund, he strives to maximize the intellectual potential of every child. An internationally renowned physician, Dr. Carson has authored over a hundred neurosurgical publications and has been awarded more than sixty honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations. Dr. Carson has written six best-selling books, and his fifth book, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, released in early 2012, made the New York Times Bestseller List. His sixth book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, was released in 2014, and became a number one New York Times bestseller. He is a syndicated columnist and a highly sought-after, world-renowned inspirational and motivational speaker.

Cecil Murphey, author of 112 books, has also assisted well-known personalities in writing their biographies.

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ZoZo More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness!!!! Where can I start? This book was truly amzing and inspirational. I absolutely loved it! Dr. Ben Carson's story is truly incredible. He grew up without much, and was teased a lot as a child, but he still managed to keep his head up, stay at the top of his class, and eventually, he followed his dream, and became one of the world's top neurosurgeons. I admire him so much. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. It's for people of all ages, and this book will truly touch you and possibly change the way you see things and people. Please read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been searching for this book after I heard an interview with Dr. Carson on 98rock (baltimore radio station). So many people need to hear "people are just people". I wish his mom wrote a book on parenting :)
BPR More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring true story of an illiterate mother's faith and requirement of the highest standards for her children that encouraged her son, against all odds, to become a reknowned pediatric neurosurgeon. He candidly tells his struggles, failures, and ultimate victories. Gripping story, an enjoyable must read! The movie is very good, too - but a book tells so much more of the inner person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"gifted hands" is a very moving memoir by one of this nations top surgeons in the country. as a child he was not doing very well in school and was involved in gang activity and did not want to read his father had left the family and as a child he had a bad temper. dr carson shows in this amazing book how his mother and faith books turned his life around so much so that he was able to go to college and later become a top doctor that helps children. anyone can be greatly encouraged by this doctors life as well as the life lessons that he shares in the back of the book great gift idea for a friend or family member.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just purchased, I can tell you this is going to be great. Im in ten pages and had to stop to give it five stars. †
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly remarkable story about a remarkable man's journey to do God's will for him in this lifetime and help the entire human race in the process. We need more Ben Carson's to be sure. It reminded me of the importance of belief in oneself and humility throughout our lives. I feel fortunate to live in a country where the Ben Carson story can be the norm rather than the exception. He is an exceptional human being. Thanks Dr. Carson for keeping your focus all these years on God and his will for you. You have brightened this planet with your joy for your work and family.
_skuaarsd_ More than 1 year ago
The autobiography Gifted Hands by Ben Carson is an inspiring story of how an inner-city Detroit kid becomes one of the best neurosurgeons in the world.  He shows how he beat racism, and how he embraces the power of God to perform miracles. He shows how he struggled through college, and how he fell in love.  He describes the hard decisions he had to make, and how he made them.  In all, it was a very good read, and I’d recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can not believe that someone thinks that Dr. Ben Carson's story is self-serving. This book tells his story, and I have had the privilege of meeting him personally. He is a true servant-leader, a genuinely humble man in that he gives all credit for his success to God and his mother. One of the most inspirational people alive today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really thought this was a good book, really inspiring. It tells the story of how Ben Carson struggled beginning in elementary school being the slow one that always got everything wrong in class to being the highest achiever in his high school years. This book comes to show that anything is possible as long as you work hard on it and don¿t give up. We all go through our struggles as well as Ben he had to go through his parent¿s separation when he was only eight years old. Those were only the beginning of his problems. Only reading the book will tell you what other struggles Ben goes through. When I started reading this, I thought to myself ¿Oh this is just some lame book I was assigned to read!¿ but as I started reading it I really got into it. The characters in the book all seem to be Ben¿s inspiration to be everything he can be. It almost relates to me because a lot of people in my life are my inspiration to always do my best and not to quit. His brother and mother seem to be the pushing force behind all of Ben¿s success. Ben is a lot like me in many ways, we both went through some really hard times that were hard to overcome. But in the end, I always somehow get by it as well as Ben in this story. My overall review has to say that this book is an inspirational story that motivates anyone who reads it to try to succeed and always do their best, because in the end its always worth the try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I read in 'ONE' day.I simply couldn't put it down.I plan on reading it to my students here at school.Everybody should read this wonderful book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt that this book was very inspirational, that despite many obstacles this man was able to overcome them and become a wonderful physician that is able to help many people especially children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to remain neutral as I work with Dr. Carson. He is a very intelligent man. It is great to see someone come from nothing to something. Very inspirational to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Gifted Hands is a very inspirational and educational book and everyone should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr.Ben Carson is a role model to me he had some of the same home issues I have. He always wanted to become a doctor, which he did. This lets me know as student it does not matter where you come from it is where you are going. Just keep GOD number one and you will be alright.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written and straightforward boigraphy. He could have made this a race issue but its more than that. Its a human race issue of overcoming obstacles to be the best person he could be. Love him! Loved the book!
carolbf More than 1 year ago
Great book was able to share it with a few inmates at a correctional facility,and they were all inspired by same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous man, doctor and fabulous mother!! What a great biography!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for summer reading, and I really thought it was going to be boring, but I was wrong. When I started reading, I couldn't stop. Like the others have said, it is a very inspirational book, inspiring you to do your best and have faith in God. This book makes me want to know more about surgery, more specifically the brain. The first part of the book about his childhood is a little boring at first, personally I enjoyed the second half (adulthood) better than the first half. This man is truly amazing in what he does, saving children(and some adults for that matter) when others have failed. A terrific book about a terrific man. I fully recommend it to teens and adults.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to meet Dr. Carson! What a humble and holy person. It was difficult to put the book down and with all his education made all the technical information easy to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an inspiring man! Ben Carson for president!
JakeNJ More than 1 year ago
Besides the obvious, this book should have been called "Gifted Mind". Besides many lives that Doctor Benjamin Carson saved, through his skills, his teachings, his encouragement to others, he saved the most important live, and that was his own. His mind, will to succeed, never give up and never blame anyone but himself, is what got him where he was and where he is today.  There are two types of people, who are not born with a silver spoon in their mouth. One type tries and when unsuccessful, they blame everyone and everything. There is another type. Those who don't even try and go straight to blame via victim mentality and a problem that exists in society, never in themselves. Benjamin Carson is the third kind, the kind that sees potential and the light in every situation, a light in every possibility and each opportunity. Mr Carson was not born with that opportunity, that silver spoon in his mouth, and in fact, for the inner city kid, who had even less than others, even within that community, Benjamin Carson chose to create his own opportunity. He chose to see the downfalls as challenges, not discouragements. Doctor Carson saw a challenge, not despair or downfall, in everything he did and does. He chose to take life as it comes and play the deck as it was dealt to him, but with his best foot forward and his best possible abilities.  This is a story of a man who never accepted what he had as a problem and what he was as a given, but decided to make himself the best that he could be and what his potential allowed him. He was only limited by himself, not what the others saw him and he never excepted failure. As I often say and many do as well, that America is a land of opportunity, but that doesn't mean that opportunity is there for everyone to receive without trying. Some have a gift of birth with fortune and the riches, but for Ben Carson, his fortune and riches was always within himself. It is one of the most inspiring stories and books that I have ever read. It is a real page turner and if they would have taught this mentality to kids, at the young age, we would see a lot more winners and not victims in every walk of life. I wish I read this book when I was in my teens, but better late than never. I loved it and highly recommend it to everyone. I personally think that this should be required reading in schools, so that the kids realize their potential and strive to better themselves through every challenge. This way the children from the young age can create their own opportunities and take advantage of those opportunities in life. 
Janice_B More than 1 year ago
Great man; Great read. I don't believe we have heard the last of Dr. Ben Carson. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would be at the top of my recommendations list. I have admired Dr. Carson for some time, and even more so after learning his life story. It is amazing to read of the surgeries he has performed on children who otherwise had no chance of recovery from brain disease or injury. By all means, read this book! He is truly a great surgeon and a great man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He may be an incredible doctor, but that does not make him a good author. This book is written at an elementary school reading level. I just was hoping for a more intellectual read. Would recommend for 4th graders.