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Gifted Hands: Kids Edition [Paperback]

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Pages   142
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2010
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  9-12
ISBN  0310719038  
EAN  9780310719038  
UPC  025986719036  

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Presents a biography of the surgeon who overcame poverty and racism to become chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

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Ben Carson used to be the class dummy. Today he is one of the world's most brilliant surgeons. Gifted Hands Kids Edition tells the extraordinary true story of an angry, young boy from the inner city who, through faith and determination, grew up to become one of the world's leading pediatric neurosurgeons. When Ben was in school, his peers called him the class dummy. But his mother encouraged him to succeed, and Ben discovered a deep love of learning. Ben found that anything is possible with trust and determination.

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More About Gregg Lewis & Deborah Shaw Lewis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! GREGG LEWIS is a veteran of the publishing industry with more than 30 titles to his credit and co-credit, including a bestseller from 1998, " SEVEN FROM HEAVEN: THE MIRACLE OF THE MC CAUGHEY SEPTUPLETS". Lewis spent 5 years at the helm of the nationally published " CAMPUS LIFE MAGAZINE" and is best known as a co-author of such well-known books as " TOM LANDRY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Major League Dad", and " Yes You Can, Heather". Lewis and his wife Debi have 5 children reside in Rome, Georgia.

Gregg Lewis has published or released items in the following series...
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Ain't nothin' like the real thing  Mar 26, 2010
I can't quite recall how I first became acquainted with Dr. Benjamin Carson's story. What I do remember is that my daughter (who is now in medical school) first read his autobiography when she was about 9 years old. Yes, I'm sure she'd agree that it was Dr. Carson's story which inspired her initial awe at the idea of excising the human brain. I'm just not sure this diluted biographical rendering would have had the same impact.

My young daughter didn't need a sanitized, "white-washed" version of Carson's story. In fact, there is something to be said for gritty detail--though the original contains little grit. So, then the question becomes, for what reason was the story rewritten? I'm not understanding why a story which was so very compelling would be altered so that it becomes less potent. For whatever reason, it fails to do justice to the heart and soul of the first.

Oh, the facts are all corroborated by the autobiography. It just doesn't read with the same degree of passion. There is a visceral experience to be had between the covers of the original. It is one which affirms the normalcy of each and every child who's ever experienced divorce. It validates the accompanying anger and other emotional turmoil. It suggests to them that in spite of the failings of one's beloved parents-- survival and triumph are still possible. This is an extremely important "moral of the story" for African-American children who (due largely to racism in all its complexity)have few so-called "successful" role models (of their own ethnicity)who are TRULY worthy of emulation.

Another thing, Dr. Carson was not merely "one of the world's most brilliant surgeons" as the back of the book announces. He, in fact, established himself (during the infancy of his career) as THE premiere pediatric neurosurgeon. He was THE "go to" MAN where are things pediatric neurosurgery were concerned. He took on surgery cases other doctors wouldn't touch with a 10 ft. --well, you get my drift.

I apologize for my unabashed praise of Ben Carson. Afterall, he impresses me as an extremely humble man who would never protest in the face of the wholesale marginalization he's suffered. He distinguished himself, in this regard, while in medical school when he "discovered" an easier way of locating the hole at the base of the skull called the formamen ovale. Rather than take a pompous attitude and risk alienating his veteran professors, he found a less threatening approach to revealing his new technique to them. He also never fails to join the parents of his little patients in prayer before God Almighty prior to each and every surgery--choosing to acknowledge Our Creator as the Author of all Decrees.

I'm sort of hedging at my major source of annoyance though. I can't quite understand how the Lewis's (a caucasian couple) came to decide they were qualified to reinterpret Dr. Carson's story. For sure, on one level-- it's simply another one for the annals of human experience. On the other hand, his early life was rife with episodes of racism common to the lives of most African-Americans. To say the minefield of racism is sometimes difficult to navigate is an understatement. Therefore, to assume one is equipped to convey the nuances of life with racism (from the outside looking in) is a bit arrogant. I can't help wondering how many African-American writers have ever been given the opportunity to rewrite the stories of prominent caucasians-- doctors or other professionals. I can't name one. In fact, uh, well...another subject for another day.


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