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April 17 2011
This is the mass market edition of the popular book by Dr. Ben Carson whose inspiring story tells of a frustrated inner-city kid whose faith in God helped him become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

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From School Library Journal

YA-- A brief, easy-to-read autobiography of a black man who is one of today's leading neurosurgeons. While pursuing his career, Carson encountered prejudice, negative peer pressure, and politics in getting a job. His sense of humor, faith in God, patience, and his belief in the work ethic come through without preaching. In the last chapter, Carson gives recommendations to students on ways to live and to achieve. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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, the directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Today, Dr. Ben Carson holds twenty 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. Dr. Benjamin Carson is director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He lives with his wife, Candy, and three sons in West Friendship, Maryland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book Jan. 25 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It's kind of a rag to riches story but what is compelling is the steadfastness of his dear mother. She is a true heroine in this story. Her simple yet strong faith and complete trust in God made a profound impact on her sons and shaped the men that they became. I thought of the scripture verse, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13. Ben Carson is a remarkable man, surgeon and son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book July 6 2013
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This is a good book that I highly recommended to be read. Very inspirational that I bought three of his other books
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By Winnie
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low price and great book! One of my favourite books actually.... it was my second time buying it because I gave it away the first time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing June 5 2014
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I have always wanted to engage with someone that is doing what I dream to one day be capable of doing. Until now, I have never found a way to do that. Through this book however, I finally get a chance to look into a world that has never been visible to me before. This man is an absolute inspiration, and one that I would love to emulate. Even if you aren't interested in medicine, this story will inspire and motivate you to become a more efficacious member of society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Odyssey April 27 2014
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Dr. Benjamin Carson has an important message for America: the best type of affirmative action is determination, hard work and self-reliance and he is living proof that this is true. In his book, Gifted Hands, Ben recounts his rise from abject poverty in inner-city Detroit to become a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at prestigious John's Hopkins University.

The driving force in Ben's life was his single mother, Sonya, who often worked three jobs as a maid to make ends meet for Ben and his older brother Curtis. To make things even more challenging, she had to leave the boys with friends and relatives from time to time to obtain psychiatric treatment.

Married at 13 with only a third grade education, Sonya was an intelligent woman with strong Christian values. She knew that education was the key to success for Ben and Curtis so she shut off the television and made them hit the books - books she could scarcely read herself. Sonia was a tough taskmaster -- the boys were allowed to watch only two hours of TV a week. She also required them to read two books weekly and provide her with book reports.

For a time in middle school, Ben had the lowest grades in his class and lacked belief that he could master the work. Worse still for his self confidence, he was mocked by his white classmates and even some of his teachers. But this soon changed. Over time with Sonia's support and encouragement, young Ben's school work began to catch up with and surpass that of his classmates changing his self image and view of the world. He began to think he wanted to become a doctor.

Due to his outstanding academic achievements and his high SAT scores, Ben was sought out by the best schools in the country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it June 27 2013
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This is the perfect book eo encourage youth in any country to make the best of what you are given to achieve a successful life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not sure April 29 2013
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Sometime feritale ,sometime rave and taf I expected better job J.V.I am not sure if I try next of his bucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted hands March 20 2013
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Inspiring story of making your own future. Even though he sometimes wanted to slack off on learning, his mother kept him on track.
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