Like most Americans, you might think of Ben Carson as a trailblazing brain surgeon and, in the last few years, as an outspoken commenter on national issues. But his wife of more than forty years knows him as so much more: a loving husband, a devoted father, a devout Christian, a committed philanthropist, and a fierce patriot. Now Candy Carson introduces us to the private side of a very public figure, as she shares the inspiring story of their marriage and their family.
Like her future husband, Candy grew up in inner-city Detroit, one of five children of a teacher and a factory worker. Also like Ben, she overcame her humble background through determination, hard work and perseverance, earning a scholarship to attend Yale University. In that strange new world she focused on her studies, her music (as a violinist and organist), and her deepening spiritual life. She attended church with a handsome, older student who liked to tease her, but never assumed he would be anything more than a friend to her. But Ben and Candy quickly became inseparable, and they married soon after she graduated, just as Ben began his career as a soon-to-be world-famous pediatric neurosurgeon.
In A Doctor in the House, Candy reveals many stories that have never been told before, despite the media spotlight on Dr. Carson in recent years. She shows us what it was like when they moved to Baltimore to join a new community centered around Johns Hopkins Hospital. She describes how their family evolved with the births of their three sons and the tragic miscarriage of their twins. She talks about the challenges of Ben’s twelve to twenty-hour work days, as he saved thousands of lives, year after year, while Candy ran the household.
She also addresses the prejudice they sometimes faced as African Americans, and how Ben’s calm, levelheaded self-confidence helped him deal with problems at home and in their travels just as successfully as he did in the operating room.
Above all, she reveals her husband’s consistency as a believer: in God, in family, and in America. Having lived the American Dream, Ben knows that it’s not a myth, and he believes every child from every background to be capable of achieving it. That’s why he and Candy have been committed to educating and inspiring young people, and over the past twenty years awarded more than 6,700 students with scholarships through their Carson Scholars Fund.
A Doctor in the House is a classic American love story—and that story is far from over. Download and start listening now!