I confess I am probably one of the few people who has not read Gifted Hands, the autobiography of Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson is one of the featured speakers at the Great Homeschool Conventions this year and I know many people are very excited to hear him and perhaps meet him in person.
The conventions are too far away so we won’t have the pleasure of hearing Dr. Carson speak. But I decided to do some digging so I could learn more about him and also introduce Caroline to this gifted man.
In addition to Gifted Hands, I found a book put out by zonderkidz called Ben Carson (Today’s Heroes). The tagline is, “As a kid, his knife was a weapon. Now he uses it to save lives.” I told Caroline a little bit about Dr. Carson and she started peeking through the book. She is excited to begin reading it with either me or her daddy.
I checked out his website where his about page tells us:
Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream until his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered and today is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over 39 years.
I also found this great little video of him talking about the power of the mind. He also shares a story about how his love of classical music probably helped him land one of the two coveted spots at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Carson is also politically active and there are links to numerous opinion pieces on his website where he articulates his views on important topics such as A Physician’s View of the Sanctity of Life and Secular Progressives Can’t Keep God Out of Public Life in the The Washington Times.
Read more about Dr. Ben Carson in this Spotlight on Dr. Ben Carson blog round up.