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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Audio Download – Unabridged

4.9 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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By A Customer on 23 July 2000
Format: Paperback
I continue to wonder why for the over 19 years I have been on this planet I had never heard about this book and although I had heard about the famous brain surgery separating the twins joined at the head, I did not know who was behind this. However after reading Gifted Hands (thanks to a friend), I am not in the least ambivalent about the fact that Ben Carson, the main character has leapt out of the book to become my role model; that his exploits have become a challenge for me, spoors to lead me to my goal, and that his personality in a very large measure has become one which is definitely going to influence me (and yes positively) for the rest of my life.
This book enables you to know what determination can do and where it can get you, that nothing is impossible if you really want to make it possible. Different plants bear fruit at different times in their lives. You as a 'farmer' just needs to be commited to obtaining those fruits. The time it takes may differ from another 'farmer' because he is cultivating other plants.
It manifests what power there is in having faith in the Lord as well, that he is one who does not fail as long as we trust. Being a Christian, this book rejuvenated my faith. Ben Carson was one who had faith. He was not a fanatic but yet believed in what the Lord could do. He did his best and let God do the rest! That's one message!
This book urges one on to do the best in what he sets his hands to. If you are not prepared to do something well, then why do it in the first place. Ben Carson's yearn to succeed in everything he set his hands to is evidence of this. He defied the odds -financial difficulties, racial discrimination at times etc.
Ben Carson was black and he became a distinguished neurosurgeon.
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By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book while i was on holiday in Egypt. I am a very slow reader but i finished this book within 2 days (believe me that was an achievement for me). The book explains that although we might be in a prejudice society, it is how we see ourselves and what we focus on that matters.
Ben, although initially not a bright student was able to overcome all the racial abuse and discrimination that was around him. His mother did not for one day and i repeat not for one day say to him that you are being discriminated against at work or school but instead she encouraged him to keep reading and not give up the hard work.
I have learnt that this world does not belong to anybody. That having a fulfilling and rewarding career/life is your own decision. As far as you believe in God and are determined to succeed you will succeed. No human being black or white is God so we are all entitled and are capable of succeeding in any career that we want.
The question is what kind of person do we want to be and then ask what we need in order to get there. The next thing, is do everything that is required to get where we want to be no matter the obstacle that are in front of us.
I am sure that after reading this book, you will ask yourself why you did not try doing something that you really wanted to do in the past.
Have a good read.
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Ever since I read Carsons first book, I've never stopped looking out 4 and reading any of his other books. I've kept on spreading the good message his motivational and inspiring books have to all Nigerians and any other fellow I come across with.
I must not fail to use this opportunity to commend Ben's mother who layed the very first foundation for the children to get to where God had destined them to be. As a matter of fact, reading Ben's books inspires and motivates one to hardwork, confidence and trust in God.
Ben, I am very proud and blessed to have identified with you through your books.
Bernard Alor
Lagos, Nigeria
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While on holiday to the US, I happened to get hold of this book in one of the Christian stores. I can't stop reading this inspiring life story of Dr. Ben Carson. I salute Dr. Carson's mother, for the courage she showed to the young Carson's and how she motivated them become successful despite being poor. Her fear of the Lord and taking every opportunity special is so moving. May her example give inspiration also to those who will be reading this book in the future.
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This book is so inspirational. This book shows that we have no reason to fail. Ben's mother a single mother who taught her sons through example and parental nurturing that education is paramount. Ben and his brother are living example of the power of education.
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I purchased this book at the request of a friend. She has started reading it and finds it to be gripping. She is delighted with it and would recommend it to others. I look forward to reading it too when she has finished!
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I decided to read this book after reading one of Ben Carson's other books - Think Big, and it did not let me down in any way. The book follows the inspiring life of Ben Carson who despite not having all the advantages in life manages to make the most of his situations and prosper. It has inspired me to not settle for second best but to push myself to achieve my dreams.
Carson challenges the excuses many of us use to not motivate ourselves to better ourselves, excuses such as racism, coming from a poor family, not having all the same advantages, not being clever enough at school etc.. by showing us that with hard work, faith and determination nothing can hold us back apart from ourselves.
I would throughly recommend reading this book, as it will change your way of thinking and give you that kick up the bum we often need. Its such a great book that my mum who has a slight aversion to reading hasn't been able to put it down and has been inspired so much she has found a new zeal for her studying.
Great read, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not reading it.
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