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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story | [Ben Carson, M.D., Cecil Murphey]

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. The extremely complex and delicate operation, five months in the planning and twenty-two hours in the execution, involved a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate. Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removed one half of their brain.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. The extremely complex and delicate operation, five months in the planning and twenty-two hours in the execution, involved a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate. Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removed one half of their brain.

But such breakthroughs aren't unusual for Ben Carson. He's been beating the odds since he was a child. Raised in inner-city Detroit by a mother with a third-grade education, Ben lacked motivation. He had terrible grades. And a pathological temper threatened to put him in jail. But Sonya Carson convinced her son that he could make something of his life, even though everything around him said otherwise. Trust in God, a relentless belief in his own capabilities, and sheer determination catapulted Ben from failing grades to the top of his class - and beyond to a Yale scholarship, the University of Michigan Medical School, and finally, at age 33, to the directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Today, Dr. Ben Carson holds 20 honorary doctorates and is the possessor of a long string of honors and awards, including the Horatio Alger Award, induction into the "Great Blacks in Wax" Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and an invitation as Keynote Speaker at the 1997 President's National Prayer Breakfast.

Gifted Hands is the riveting story of one man's secret for success, tested against daunting odds and driven by an incredible mindset that dares to take risks. This inspiring autobiography takes you into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world - and into the private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others. Through it all shines a humility, quick wit, and down-to-earth style that make this book one you won't easily forget.

©2011 Ben Carson (P)2011 Zondervan

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    Ruth Meridian, ID, United States 03-13-13
    Ruth Meridian, ID, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely inspiring!"
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    My book club selected this book and at first look I was going to skip it. I would have missed out. Dion Graham's pleasant voice brings you through Ben Carson's amazing life, from a struggling black kid in Detroit, raised by a single mom, through his college years, how he chose his profession as a pediatric neurosurgeon, internship, residency, etc. I'm most impressed with how he turned to God in times of trial, and gives the credit to God for who he has become and the things he's been able to do in his life.

    Like I said, I didn't want to read it at first, and the first few chapters he did sound like a bragger at times. However, his mom Was pretty amazing, and it's hard to tell your own story, getting to the top of your class, etc. without sounding a little bit big headed. But somewhere along the story, my heart changed and I became very impressed with this guy. He ends the book with his advice on how everyone can succeed. THINK BIG

    I coincidentally finished this book about the same time that Ben Carson spoke at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, so I watched that on YouTube, and again was very impressed with this brilliant surgeon, patriotic, soft spoken, God fearing, incredible man.

    I recommended this book to my dad and I recommend it to you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Peach Bottom, PA, United States 02-17-14
    Carol Peach Bottom, PA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful Book!"
    Where does Gifted Hands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inspiring story of a talented man willing to work hard for his goal in life!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Asanda Century City, South Africa 09-05-13
    Asanda Century City, South Africa 09-05-13
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    "Very inspiring read"
    If you could sum up Gifted Hands in three words, what would they be?

    Gifted Hands is a very inspiring book, I could not put my earphones down. I was in tears at certain times. His faith is something out of this world. The narrator was excellent, he kept me glued.
    I have just ordered a paperback version and DVD for home library. kids need to read his story while they are still young.


    What other book might you compare Gifted Hands to and why?

    Monk who sold his Ferrari. Both are stories with soul.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many:
    his anger chapter
    the tumor guy
    the twins
    the haux exam


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Once I finally concentrated I wanted to finish it one day but hey one has to sleep but I finished it in less than 24 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must have for every household, school, library, teachers, perfect gift

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crissy United States 05-26-13
    Crissy United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to Gifted Hands again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again so I could get more out of it, or hope to the second time around.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    He did a pretty good just


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 05-12-13
    Ronna United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Must read for everyone!!"

    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 necessity of working three jobs to support heir family. It was this attitude that started Ben and his brother on their road to success. She fostered the attitude---You are responsible for your life success--if you work hard you will succeed---if you are not succeeding, it's YOUR responsibility to make the changes to succeed!! ---God is your ever present help in life!!

    Dr Carson tells of his early years of poor grades; his Mom's rules to insure that her boys would do their best in school; his raise to top student in his classes; his issues with a bad temper; his continuous faith and prayers to Jesus Christ; his raise in the medical field; his wonderful married life; and the medical procedures that led to saving lives of children with medical brain issues. The focus of people being responsible for their own success ---with NO excuses for failure---makes this a must read for EVERYONE. There is a YA version for the very young also!! The writing was very interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Dallas, OR 05-01-12
    Mike Dallas, OR 05-01-12 Member Since 2002
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    "A great biography!"

    Ben Carson has to be one of our heroes! He has managed to show how his faith has propelled him to fame, in his chosen profession.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kwt Orem, Utah United States 07-26-14
    kwt Orem, Utah United States 07-26-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent man! Excellent book!"
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    After reading this book I immediately sent one to my grandson who wants to be a doctor. Well written. Inspiring. The story of a great moral man. Highly recommended for adults and kids.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ma MaGoo 07-19-14
    Ma MaGoo 07-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Grandma, visually impaired, happily married

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    "Amazing, and Inspiring!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It is a well written auto biography, full of spiritual encouragement.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thing I liked best about this book is how Dr. Carson shares his own life story to encourage others.


    Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

    Dion Graham's performance of Ben Carson's character would be my favorite, but he did an excellent job with the entire book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was more than one moment in the book that moved me. The entire story is emotionally stirring!


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely a great read! The inspiration contained in this book would make a great gift for high school age, and young adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth 06-26-14
    Elisabeth 06-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't handle the religiosity."
    Would you try another book from Ben Carson, M.D. and Cecil Murphey and/or Dion Graham?

    I will, without question, listen to another Dion Graham book. He has a beautiful, expressive voice.
    But I will not listen to another Ben Carson book. His world view is just too different from mine.


    Has Gifted Hands turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like science books and memoirs; this one just wasn't for me.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Beaton Eureka, CA 04-13-12
    C. Beaton Eureka, CA 04-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Give credit where credit is due!"

    Dr. Carson's story is interesting and inspirational and well-read by one of my favorite narrators, Dion Graham. However, it was more about god than medicine. Dr. Carson worked very very hard to gain his skills as a neurosurgeon. He had a lot of help along the way, especially from his mother. And much of his skill and talent were gained on the backs of his predecessors. About one third of the book is about his faith - he is a Seventh Day Adventist. He gives god all the credit instead of his hard work and the help of actual human beings. He is very sincere, but it is hard for me to believe that such and intelligent and gifted man gives an imaginary friend credit for each success he has. If a patient dies, well, "It's god's will". I also read that he doesn't accept evolution. How can a brilliant scientist, who did research on rabbits not understand the essential essential concept of evolution? If you are religious, you will probably enjoy this book. As a non-believer, I got really tired of all the religious references. It would have been fine for him to mention his faith, but he beats you to death with it.

    This book should be described and listed as a inspirational and religious book, as that is what it is. I'm sure Dr. Carson is a fine man and an excellent doctor, but he should stick to doctoring - or maybe start preaching.

    11 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    "Inspirational and riveting"

    Inspirational and enlightening audio book autobiography, which filled me with awe. It was great to learn of someone gifted by God. Had it not been for his mother, he may not have flourished, but God was very much in control. This wonderful example of God-led, humble neurosurgeon is so inspirational, and would be such an ideal role model for any Christian surgeon, medical doctor or GP. Actually, an example for any Christian 'head of Department', professional, anywhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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