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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Trade Books; New edition edition (April 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310214696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310214694
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Stieva on 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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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.
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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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GIFTED HANDS, an autobiographical look into the life of one of the best neurosurgeons in the U. S. of A, is so unbelievably inspirational and poignant. If 100 people simultaneously read this book, I assure you at least one of them would walk away a changed person! I know Ben Carson has changed me. From now on, I'm vowing to do my absolute best. This year of homeschooling has given me many opportunities to "slack off" as one might say - I've taken a few of those opportunities. Even though I ended up with mostly As, I'm vowing to give my all into my academic performance next year. Ben Carson's motivational drive is absolutely contagious!
Benjamin Carson, M.D started out on the mean Detroit streets. His father had to leave the family after it was found he was practically living a double life: he had a girlfriend and another family while married to Ben's mother. While his mother assured him the family would be fine, they had to struggle to make ends meet. Yet all the while, she kept pushing and pushing Ben to be the best he could possibly be. All the while, she knew he had it in him to get out of the Detroit ghetto in which they lived. All the while, she knew he'd make something of himself. And he did.
We see an amazing transformation from a skeptical kid, unsure of life, to an intelligent neurosurgeon with a heart of gold - so much so that he can't help but break down and cry when surgery results in the death of a patient. He is a person who made the best of his education, as well as his college years. He went from being the best to simply doing his best and can be regarded as an inspiration to all because his standard of life he began with wasn't as favorable as many rich families who have attended Ivy League colleges for generations.
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