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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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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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  • B Rose
  • 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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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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  • 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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  • Ruth M Kiluwasha
  • 27-07-15

Great book

I loved this story. So inspired after reading it. What a humble yet great doctor ben carson is.

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  • Carol
  • 17-02-14

Wonderful Book!

Where does Gifted Hands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent book.

What did you like best about this story?

Inspiring story of a talented man willing to work hard for his goal in life!

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  • Crissy
  • 26-05-13

Great book

Would you listen to Gifted Hands again? Why?

Yes I would listen to it again so I could get more out of it, or hope to the second time around.

What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

He did a pretty good just

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Very good book!

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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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