Gifted Hands : The Ben Carson Story, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan
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  • Category: Thought & practice
  • ISBN: 9780310214694



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The book is self-explanatory!!! The story exemplifies the "soul" of what made, and can continue to make, America a nation of opportunity. A young man raised in the ghetto of Detroit, parented by a mother who was unwilling to accept anything short of the very best from her children. A story of how love and respect by two sons towards their mother, was rewarded with skills, abilities, and opportunities to make them successful in life, to be the very best they could be, and to take the risks and opportunities offered in providing love, hope and contentment in life. Dr. Ben Carson (one of the two boys) went on to become one of the most successful pediatric neurosurgeons in the world and a humanitarian that continues to "give back".

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Great Biography, some of the stories are very graphic.

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Reread of this amazing pediatric neurosurgeon's life. He beat the odds and his mother is a saint for raising two boys with her limited knowledge in such a wonderful way. She should be teaching today's single mothers.

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I once saw a movie titled From Homeless to Harvard. It was based on a true situation. Likewise, here is another true story of a person going from lenient beginnings to the achievement of great success. It is the story of Ben Carson as he went from the ghettos of inner-city Detroit to become the Chief Pediatric Neurologist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. This had also been made into a movie. When I saw it, I remembered how Siamese twins attached at the head had been successfully separated at Johns Hopkins. I had not realized that the neurosurgeon had at one time been his own worst enemy believing himself to be stupid and not able to achieve anything. He was made fun of. Because he’s black, even one of the teachers stood up before an assembly in which Ben was being awarded. She stated that the white boys should be ashamed of themselves, indicating that they should do better than the black boy. So, yes, he grew up with prejudice, too.His salvation came through his mother, Sonya Carson, who without their father around was raising Ben and his brother on her own. She encouraged them and she set some rules. She greatly reduced the time they were allowed to watch TV and she told them from then on, they’d read two books per week and give her reports on the books. Neither Ben nor his brother realized that she couldn’t read. But, she would look over their papers and make little marks and keep encouraging them to improve. And so, they did.After having seen the movie (on TV) I borrowed the book from the library. As it turns out, the movie followed the book pretty closely. I enjoyed this book (and the movie) more than I can say. He goes through their hardship and his success in great detail. There are other stories of success in his role as a Neurologist and it is all very impressive. The writing style is a bit simplistic, but it may be it was his purpose to make it so that younger readers could enjoy it as well. If you’re yearning for something inspirational, you may want to check this one out. I rated Gifted Hands at 4.5 out of 5.