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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

By: Cecil Murphey,Ben Carson MD
Narrated by: Dion Graham
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Summary

This best-selling book reveals the extraordinary life of Dr. Ben Carson - from inner-city kid to renowned neurosurgeon.

Dr. Ben Carson is known around the world for breakthroughs in neurosurgery that have brought hope where no hope existed. 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 Medical Institutions at age 33.

Filled with fascinating case histories, Gifted Hands will transplant 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 1987, 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 anyone who attempts the seemingly impossible.

©2011 Ben Carson (P)2011 Zondervan

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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.

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Great listen

I Loved it. I finished it in 2 seatings. The voice narrator was perfect for the story.

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Inspirational

What a courageous, honest and inspiring story. We need more Christians who strive for excellence. Well worth the read!

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This is an inspiring book

When God is put at the centre of our everyday lives, our hands will be blessed and called Gifted Hands.
I enjoyed this book.

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English is my second language, and yet, the narrator's voice was very clear.
The book itself? Every time I need a source of inspiration, I'll come back to listen to Ben Carson saying "I didn't do it for the competition, I did it because I wanted to be at my best"

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Inspirational

I am a neurosurgery trainee.
I truly love it.
I found it very motivational.
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please watch Gifted Hands movie too.

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Inspiring and motivational!

I loved listening to this audio book it is written so well that the imagination could visualise it very easily into ones own movie! It is easy to listen to and very well narrated. Ben Carson has been very honest about himself which is encouraging for those who can relate to his up and downs in life and use them to rise to ones full potential. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Ruth Anne
  • 13-03-13

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!

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  • C. Beaton
  • 13-04-12

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.

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  • Jean
  • 22-09-15

Compelling

Carson tells about his youth growing up in a poor black neighborhood in Detroit. Apparently when he was eight years old he decided he wanted to become a physician. He speaks highly of his mother keeping him on track toward his goal. He tells of going to Yale and feeling he did not belong there amongst the wealthy students. He went on to the University of Michigan for his medical school. He is one of eleven African Americans to become a board certified neurosurgeon. He became head of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins University hospital. In 1987 he became famous for successfully separating conjoined twins. The Binder Twins had been joined at the back of the head.

Carson writes openly about his faith and the Seventh Day Adventist church he belongs to. Carson has won many awards including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to him by President George W. Bush. He has written six books and many professional articles for medical journals, and since 2013 writes a column for the Washington Times. In 2009 there was a made for television movie about Ben Carson’s life shown on the TNT channel. The book was co-written with Cecil Murphy and Dion Graham narrated the book.

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  • B Hart
  • 14-10-15

Very good listen.

A very good look into the life of Ben Carson and how he became who he is today. The narration is also very good.

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  • Asanda
  • 05-09-13

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.

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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.

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

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  • Byron
  • 12-05-13

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!!

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  • Mike
  • 01-05-12

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.

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  • amanda
  • 14-10-15

Such a motivating story. A must read.

Carson's story is truly inspirational. I felt so propelled in my personal life in reading it. Definitely a book for someone starting college or a new career.

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  • Nancy A Flemming
  • 21-09-15

Loved it!

I enjoyed this tale of Dr. Carson and the events that led to his success. His movement through the educational and career process was inspiring and a pleasure to read.

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  • ME
  • 01-08-15

Greatly inspirational.

I loved this book. Great look into the life of a man who knows exactly where God has placed him. Very humble man.

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