Ben Carson and his brother grow up fatherless (earthly). Their mom is working 2-3 jobs so is also absent much of the time. Their upbringing is very low economic standards. Mrs Carson emphasizes to her sons how they can do better. With God, there is nothing they can't do, no matter the circumstances. Both sons end up hearing Mom's message, accepting God's love and streching to do the absolute best they can.
I had read the book "Gifted Hands", over 15 years ago, and several weeks ago I was so honored to hear Dr. Carson speak. I ordered several books - some to keep and some to give away to other members of the family who had been there. He is a truly gifted Doctor with an awesome attitude about working hard to make your dreams and your calling come true, no matter what your cirmstances have been in your life.
You don’t have to come from a privileged background to be a success in life. Ben Carson is living proof of that. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, written by Greg and Deborah Shaw Lewis, is the story of this brilliant and renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who works at John Hopkins Hospital.
Ben was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1951. When he was eight years old, his parents divorced, leaving his mother to care for Ben and his younger brother, Curtis, by herself. Their mother had to work several jobs to make enough money to provide for her small family. Times were tough and the family had to move around several times in order for them to survive.
This meant Ben and his brother had to change schools several times in their young lives. After a move to Boston, Ben and his brother went to a small, private school in Detroit, where they both did well and were ahead of most of their classmates. But, after the family moved back to Detroit, the boys discovered their previous education had been inadequate and they were behind most of the other students in their classes. This led to teasing and tormenting from them, and Ben was called the “class dummy.” He almost let that defeat him.
But, he developed an interest in science, and was fascinated by rocks. He read everything he could get his hands on about the subject. When his science teacher brought in a rock, a piece of obsidian, Ben was the only student in the class who could identify it. Ben, and his teachers, discovered that Ben had a special aptitude for learning, especially when he read about something. He used his love of reading, and his special talent for learning by reading, to eventually excel in his studies, not only in grade school and high school, but also in college. Ben went on to be a neurosurgeon and has become the leader in his field.
In telling Ben’s story, the author touches on the issues divorce and single-parenting, as well as racism that Ben had to deal with growing up. But, Ben was raised by a Christian mother who taught her boys the love of God and the desire to live a good Christian life. The underlying theme throughout the book was Ben’s reliance on God and his belief that God wanted him to be a doctor.
What I Like: Everything. This is a truly inspiring story. Even though it was written for children, I very much enjoyed reading it. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I want to read more about this incredible man.
I just finished reading this amazing book and was inspired and blessed as I read about the incredible surgeries this world-famous doctor performed! His faith shines through and God is a very important part of his life. This book is an autobiography which makes it even more interesting! It takes you into his life-from his childhood(which was far from ideal) to being a highly praised neurosurgeon. A must read!! Especially good for teenagers!
God indeed gave Dr. Ben Carson "gifted hands," and today this awe-inspiring man is using this gift to save children'slives and give hope to their desperate parents. Equallyamazing is the miraculous way Dr. Carson's life was changedthrough God's power, a mother's love and encouragement,and his own hard work and selfless attitude. I plan to makethis required reading for my own teenager.