Some people grew up being inspired by sports, music, and/or movie stars. While I had my favorites in each of those categories, I could care less if I ever got to meet them. The person outside of my everyday reality that I looked up to was Dr. Ben Carson.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
By Ben Carson, M.D., with Cecil Murphey / Zondervan
When I read it, I soaked up the stories in awe of a man with an amazing life story. After that I decided that I wanted to be a doctor. More specifically, a Neurosurgeon. My goals changed over the years from Neurosurgeon to Cardiologist to General Surgeon. Finally at some point in high school I set my course to be a Nurse. All the while, remembering Dr. Carson’s testimony of being able to do whatever it is I set my mind to do with my education.
I have always admired him because of his love for God. Throughout his book he shares many situations where he relied on God to get him through the day, or the night, or the week, etc. He is most most well-known as a pioneer in his field for separating twins joined at the back of the head. He gives God all the credit for success of that long procedure.
His story has become an inspiration to even more people since a “Gifted Hands” movie was made staring Cuba Gooding Jr. in 2009.
Recently, Dr. Carson caused a stir with the speech that he gave at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Due to the announcement of Dr. Carson’s retirement, people are now wondering if he will be pursuing a political career. Although many of his statements resonate with the conservative community, he associates himself the Independent Party. Personally, I would vote for him if he decides to go this direction.