Book Reviews of Gifted Hands

Gifted Hands
Gifted Hands
Author: Cecil Murphey, Ben Carson
ISBN-13: 9780310546511
ISBN-10: 0310546516
Pages: 232
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Zondervan
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Ben Carson is truly an inspiration. He overcame so much to become SO much. This should be required reading for all teens. Dr. Carson shares not only his life experiences, but much wisdom as well. My teenage son and I both enjoyed this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a very good inspirational book. Just goes to show you that you can do anything that you put your mind to.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a remarkable story of a truly remarkable doctor who defied all the odds of growing up in the ghetto to become a world acclaimed neurosurgeon of children. Ben Carson gives hope to families that have lost hope that their child will survive; he gives us hope in what God can do with someone who is totally submitted to His Will. I highly recommend this book.
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Miracle worker Doctor. Brings tears of joy to your eyes when he is able to heal the unhealable. Excellent story about a most wonderful person (Doctor).
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A great book!
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I think this book is wonderful. It goes to show that sometimes what we think is impossible really can be done. And I admire his mom for doing the pushing when he needed it.
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One of the most inspiring books I've ever read.

"The true story of the amazing man who gives children a second chance at life."

"A surgeon's long journey from knife-wielding street fighter to master of the scalpel."--Reader's Digest
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I enjoyed this book about Dr. Carson's strive to become a doctor and some of his cases. However, the book seemed disjointed as if he just picked things here and there with the connections seeming forced. There's many mentions of how God and his church (Seventh Day Adventist) provided inspiration - something in which I think Christian readers will find their own inspiration. However, at times I think Dr. Carson comes across as rather arrogant. I personally didn't find this a great book, but I did enjoy the read.
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Too much religious content and preachiness for me. I only read the first twenty pages.
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This book inspires people to keep moving foward no matter what it set examples and shows that anyone can become anything the set they mind to.
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An inspirational read for anyone.
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This is a VERY interesting book and really keeps your interest. The movie is very good as well!
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Back Cover:

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 thirty-three, became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. 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 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 hous 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. Dr. Carson also describes the key role that his highly intelligent though relatively uneducated mother played in his metamorphosis from an unmotivated ghetto youngster to one fo the most respected neurosurgeions in the world.
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Inspiring story of Ben Carson who grew up in poverty and became one of the most famous neurosurgeons in the world...excellent book.
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This book describes the life of Ben Carson a famous surgeon at John Hopkins Hospital. We learn about what his childhood was like. His family was poor and his neighborhood was not so great. He dealt with several setbacks but got through them. He loved to read and the library played a central role in his life! He has a lot of lessons to teach to young people about what you can do to achieve your dreams. His dream was not handed to him but it took hard work and determination.
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This is a very inspiring story. Light reading but well
worth the time to read.
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Wonderful. Captivating. Enjoyable read. An encouragement to live our best.
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this is one of my favorite books ! i firmly believe it should be read by anyone . as an ex-homeschooler , bookseller and lover of books , this book , in a nutshell covers everything i believe in about the power of reading and the love of books . sure ,there are probably smarter books written about the how an why of reading , but THIS book offers an example . ben darson started reading , when his mother made him read ever so many books a week . it improved his schoolgrades and was the basis of him going on to higher education . in todays times , when everything is electronical and books seem to get out of vogue and be replaced by ebooks , ben carsons biography shows that a library card and verocious reading can , in the end , help the man . BUT !!! what most of all impressed me , and made me cry many times , was his honesty that showed through the whole book about his total dependency on G-d . ben carson gives glory to whom glory is due and because of his humility in acknowleding this fact ,this makes it a book worth reading .
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What a wonderful book. An amazing man. An amazing gift. An amazing story.
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Loved it.
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This book sat on my shelf for a few years I can't beleive I ignored it all that time. What a compelling story & beautifully written. This book really inspired me to tell young people about Dr. Carson, & what he did with his life. Especially his Mother teaching him all the correct things. I especially agree with him that sports & music play too much of a role in kids. There are much more important things in life to get somewhere. First should be the respect of your parents, teachers, & elders. There is a whole world out there for one if they just work at it & know they can do it. Every young person should read his book.
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I have admired Ben Carson, and reading his book just re-enforced that feeling.

He is a very gifted person, and I admire him very much. Well written history of his life.
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This book was a fascinating read. I could not put it down. So many autobiographies leave me cold. Not this one!