Throughout his life, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson has needed to overcome many obstacles: His father leaving the family; being considered stupid by his classmates in grade school; growing up in inner-city Detroit; and having a violent temper. But Dr. Carson didn't let his circumstances control him, and instead discovered eight principles that helped shape his future.
In You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to Think Big, Dr. Carson unpacks the eight important parts of Thinking Big—Talent, Honesty, Integrity, Niceness, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning, and God—and presents the stories of people who demonstrated those things in his life. By applying the idea of T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. to your life, and by looking at those around you as well, you too can overcome obstacles and work toward achieving your dreams.
|Contributor||Ben Carson, M.D. , Gregg Lewis , Deborah Shaw Lewis|
Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.
Dr. Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 1984, he was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center from which he retired in 2013. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Through his philanthropic foundation, the Carson Scholars Fund, he strives to maximize the intellectual potential of every child. Dr. Carson has written six best-selling books, including two New York Times Bestsellers, America the Beautiful and One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, which became a number one New York Times bestseller. He is a syndicated columnist and a highly sought-after, inspirational, and motivational speaker.
|Publish Date||Feb 10, 2015|
- Review by Jalynn
As the author continues to point out in the book, he had many lessons along the way, that showed him God's presence above all. Keeping this in his mind continually helped him gauge his life which ultimately led him down a path to a better life each time. The author includes discussion questions for the reader that will help them think through what they read previously.
Every teen should own a copy of this book. You Have a Brain helps you to rise above the "it's all about me" attitude. I highly recommend this book!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad.
(Posted on 3/5/15)
- Review by J.C.
WOW! WOW! WOW!
Ben Carson is not only a gifted surgeon, he is a wonderful writer – funny, interesting and this book is exceptionally difficult to put down.
Even the descriptions of brain surgery, which should be nothing but gross, had my complete attention because they were phrased in such a way that made them interesting but not at all gross or disgusting.
And the stories about Dr. Carson’s mother… WOW!
No wonder he is such an intelligent and learned man – she is clearly a GENIUS!
I refuse to spoil the book for you but please take my word for it – it is a FANTASTIC book! A MUST READ! And not just for teens either… parents will get so much out of this book too!
Review © JCMorrows 2015 (Posted on 3/2/15)
- Review by Jackie
I think You Have a Brain would be a great gift for an 8th grade graduate heading into high school or any teen that is trying to decide what path God has for them. As it’s stated in the book summary above, Dr. Carson walks the reader through how to Think Big. It’s a great exercise for teens as they’re figuring out their strengths and weaknesses. (Posted on 2/26/15)