Start by marking “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” as Want to Read: All of the above, Gifted Hands par excellence. Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr., M.D. is an American neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story [Ben Carson, Cecil Murphey] on Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., became the chief of My Life: Based on the Book Gifted Hands by [Carson M.D., Ben].
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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. Gifted Hands is the riveting story of one man's secret for success, tested against and down-to-earth style that make this book one you won't easily forget. 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.
Ben eventually becomes the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Medical Institutions at age thirty-three. He takes you into the operating room where he saves countless lives.
You will be clinging to the families whose children are helpless until they meet Dr. Carson—who is the role model for anyone who attempts the seemingly impossible. We learn how strong his mother is in the face of adversity and she teaches Ben to be the same. You just have to make being the best your goal in life. One of my favorite characteristics about Dr. Carson is that he relies on his faith. He seems to have a daily prayer in his heart as he calls upon God and gives thanks when he receives blessings.
Even the smallest acts of kindness, he acknowledges. It was a great example, to me, of how to live a more abundant life and include God often.
Carson was also very kind to everyone he met. He wanted to help all people, no matter who they were.
Gifted Hands by and about Ben Carson, M. Gifted Hands will transplace 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. In , Dr.
Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head -- an extremely complex and delicate operation that was five months of planning and twenty-two hours of actual surgery, involving a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate. Gifted Hands reveals a man with humility, decency, compassion, courage, and sensitivity who serves as a role model for young people and everyone else in need of encouragement to attempt the seemingly impossible and to excel in whatever they attempt.
Carson also describes the key role that his highly intelligent though relatively uneducated mother played in his metamorphosis from an unmotivated ghetto youngster into one of the most respected neurosurgeons in the world.
I probably like a lot of people had not heard of Ben Carson, M. There is a YA version for the very young also!! The writing was very interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! Sep 11, Camille rated it it was ok. Ben Carson is a gifted surgeon Gifted Hands is inspiring as he gives all the credit to God for what he has accomplished.
I feel the story borders on fantasy, and doesn't show him as a hard worker. It would have been more refreshing if things didn't seem to just "come" to him. I hope that Ben Carson will run for President. This is the type of person we need to lead America back to our foundation. In his book "Gifted Hands" he shares his life story and what a story it is. Raised by a single Mom, he grows up without much of material things. He worked very hard to become a world renowned neurosurgeon.
This book was also produced as a movie. I trust you will enjoy the quotes below: Why do we fault others? The person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you!
You can do it! Anybody can dress up on the outside and be dead inside. Influence could get me inside the door, but my productivity and the quality of my work were the real tests. The principle goes like this: The culture in which we live stresses looking out for number one. Without adopting such a self-centered value system, we can demand the best of ourselves while we are extending our hands to help others.
Develop those talents and use them in the career you choose. Remembering T for talent puts you far ahead of the game if you take advantage of what God gives you. When you are always on time, people can depend on you.
You prove your trustworthiness. Learn not to waste time, because time is money and time is effort. Time usage is also a talent. God gives some people the ability to manage time. The rest of us have to learn how And we can. Anticipate good things; watch for them. The same with telling lies.
Speaking the truth each time makes life amazingly simple.
Benefit from their mistakes instead of repeating them. Read good books like the Bible because they open up new worlds of understanding. It takes much less energy to be nice than it does to be mean. If you are knowledgeable, particularly more knowledgeable than anybody else in a field, you become invaluable and write your own ticket. When you read, your mind must work by taking in letters and connecting them to form words. Words make themselves into thoughts and concepts. Developing good reading habits is something like being a champion weightlifter.
He toned his muscles, beginning with lighter weights, always building up, and preparing for more. We develop our minds by reading, by thinking, by figuring out things for ourselves. In-depth learners find that the acquired knowledge becomes a part of them.
They understand more about themselves and their world. They keep building on prior understanding by piling on new information. Never drop God out of your life. Feb 19, Jonna Higgins-Freese rated it did not like it. Now I know why.
The first part of the book, in which Carson recounts his early childhood and the difficulties he overcame at that time, as well as his gratitude to his mother, was readable. Fair enough.
The later sections, in which he describes his work as a surgeon, was awful -- poorly edited to the point of being nearly unreadable, and self-congratulatory to the point of nausea. He often says that what he does is the work of a team, but that doesn't come through in the narrative. Much of the last half of the book appears to have been a rough first draft tossed off by a junior high-age writer, rather than a polished narrative for publication.
The last line of the narrative proper, "My wife, my sons -- they are the most important part of my life" -- have almost nothing to do with the story he's told up to that point, or the choices he's made.
He does mention that he goes home each night in time to put his sons to bed. Clearly, being a surgeon is the kind of job that routinely requires hour work weeks. But to then say his family is the most important thing -- it simply didn't fit together.
Or at least, one can see that it's certainly possible that one's family can be "the most important thing" even if one doesn't get to spend much time with them I certainly experience that in the requirements of my own work life , but nothing he'd written to that point supported that conclusion. In it, Dreger argues quite compellingly, based on narrative evidence from conjoined twins themselves, that separating conjoined twins tells us more about mainstream culture's drive to "normalize" than the actual needs and wants of conjoined twins.
Finally, I read this book because Carson is to be the featured speaker at the National Association for Developmental Education conference later this month. I am puzzled by his selection for that venue. Carson did not use developmental education -- he went to college prepared for credit bearing work. Mar 28, Colleen rated it really liked it. I saw this man in clips from the National Prayer Breakfast and was so impressed by him. Learning more about him, I found out that he was a world renowned neurosurgeon out of Johns Hopkins.
One of my sons needed brain surgery as an infant so I probably know more information about the brain than the typical stay at home mother, I have even met doctors that I know more than sad. My second reason for finding him interesting is that my son-in-law is in residency for neurosurgery and everyone tell m I saw this man in clips from the National Prayer Breakfast and was so impressed by him.
My second reason for finding him interesting is that my son-in-law is in residency for neurosurgery and everyone tell me neurosurgeons are mean, so I wanted to find out what a neurosurgeon's life is really like. In fact it was my son-in-law who lent me the book. I really enjoyed this book a lot. Here was a man raised in poverty, by a single mom, who rose to be one of the best scientific brains in the world.
A man who had to work hard to overcome challenges but never once blamed anyone but himself if he didn't. I love how he credits his mom for helping him be better. Even with all his famous surgeries he thanks God for being there and helping him out. He realizes he is a good surgeon, but only because of the talents the Lord gave him.
I wish this was required reading in high schools. I think every child regardless of their place in the world could benefit from this. Dec 16, Lisa Asanuma rated it it was amazing.
I read this for a biography paper I did in elementary school, and I'm embarrassed to say that it usually takes a school assignment in order for me to read nonfiction something I'll have to change, as I'm now obviously out of school. I really should re-read this, because I don't remember much about it at all, except for what the Cuba Gooding Jr. TV movie stirred up for me, and the fact that Dr. Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, along with, of course, the basics of the brilliant procedure Carso I read this for a biography paper I did in elementary school, and I'm embarrassed to say that it usually takes a school assignment in order for me to read nonfiction something I'll have to change, as I'm now obviously out of school.
Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, along with, of course, the basics of the brilliant procedure Carson is known for. What really impresses me about this book now that I look back at it, though, is that while it was written by a man with vast medical knowledge, and does contain its share of jargon, the writing is clear enough that I understood so much of the medical stuff even then.
A professor of mine once mentioned an author I want to say D.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Lawrence, but that could just be because he was one of the prof's faves who would read everything he wrote to his neighbor, a little old woman who wasn't particularly educated, and if she didn't understand what his writing was talking about, he'd go back and write it over again.
Ben Carson made me understand what was going on in a brain surgery when I was ten. That's good writing. Aug 31, Beth rated it it was amazing. A surgeon's long journey from knife-wielding, street fighter in Detroit to master of the scalpel--a leader in pediatric neurosugery.
I admired the way he gave God credit for his successes and the influence of his mother, who only went as far as 3rd grade herself. A wonderful book! I really enjoyed reading about Ben Carson and his story. The whole premise of this book can be shared in Ben's statement that "It's my belief that God gives us all gifts, special abilities that we have the privilege of developing to help us serve Him and humanity.
One of his biggest influences was from his mother, A wonderful book! One of his biggest influences was from his mother, who always encouraged him to be the best he could be, that it didn't matter what color he was or any body elseit's who you are on the inside that matters. His mother had only received a third grade education, however, she was a hard worker and encouraged Ben and his older brother to do well in school, having them read two books every week and were only allowed to watch three television shows a week.
I particularly liked Ben's belief in God and how he recognized His hand throughout his life. Ben never took credit for his accomplishments, but returned the credit to God directing his hands during surgery or for influencing the paths he took in his life. He also acknowledged the talent with whom he worked with and knew that nothing could happen without teamwork. He believed, "God has an overall plan for people's lives and the details get worked out along the way, even though we usually have no idea what's going on.
We willwe all do. How we view those problems determines how we end up. If we choose to see the obstacles in our path as barriers, we stop trying Successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.
Whatever direction we choose, if we can realize that every hurdle we jump strengthens and prepares us for the next one, we're already on the way to success.
This book is full of hope and encourages all to be the best we can be, while helping others along the way. Jan 30, Kelly rated it liked it.
This is a well written book. I have mixed reviews of Ben Carson. His talent and drive is unmeasurable, and his most admireable quality is his relationship and respect for God.
But there isn't much he does not htink of himself. His arrogance in his own abilities at times put me off. Several times in his book her dismisses everyone else's opinion and continues to do as he pleases. I am not sure whether that is a lesson for me in needing to belive in yourself or permission to be completely self-abs This is a well written book.
I am not sure whether that is a lesson for me in needing to belive in yourself or permission to be completely self-absorbed. He has had an amazing life. His willingness to work and overcome everything father, upbringing, predudices, impossible surgeries ect.
But i ofter asked my self while reading this He speaks of his wife with love and respect but where is she in all this. She was also a Harvard student, talented in her own rights What about his boys?
HIs faith in GOd and what God has done is amazing.
But several times I asked what happens when God does not anwser.. It seemed that he was never tested that way. That he never had to accept "God's will". Or was he so comfortable with his abilities that if he did his best he was off the hook?
Random thoughts that kept me thinking throughout the book. Aug 16, John of Canada rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Any one who loves motivation,and a positive message. I first became aware of Ben Carson when he was being interviewed and said about politics: Carson has written one of the best motivational books I've come across.
He is not afraid to honour his belief in God. I am sort of glad he didn't become President.Take two hours and restore your f From inner city Detroit Ben Carson, a poor black kid , raised by a very determined single mother , to whom he dedicates the book , becomes a renowned neurosurgeon changing children's lives at John Hopkins Medical Center.
Jun 20, TJ rated it it was ok. I enjoyed reading about the medical cases that he worked on that made him so well-known. This book is full of hope and encourages all to be the best we can be, while helping others along the way.
Successful people don't have fewer problems. Such breakthroughs aren't unusual for Ben Carson. During the four months, he spends researching and formulating a plan to increase his chances of a successful surgery, the film shifts back to in Detroit, Michigan , to a time when year-old Ben Carson is doing poorly in school.
Developing good reading habits is something like being a champion weightlifter.
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