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You Have a Brain

A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.
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Quick Overview:

After telling the story of how he overcame an inner-city background to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon (Gifted Hands), Dr. Ben Carson now gives students an inspirational look at the philosophy of life that helped him meet life's obstacles and leap over them, using his lessons to help students learn to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. as well.


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
Short Bio

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.

UPC 025986745998
ISBN-10 0310745993
ISBN-13 9780310745990
Publish Date Feb 10, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.4250
Height 8.75
Width 5.75
Length 240
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $18.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
Ben Carson didn't have the best life growing up. He decided a long time ago to rise above it and make something of himself. You can too! If the teenager in your life has obstacles in their life or they feel that they do, You Have a Brain maybe a good book to get them on the right path to different thinking. Many times we have to adapt our thinking to the situation to realize that we ourselves need to change to avoid falling into a trap that could cause our journey to go down an unwanted path.

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.
Overall Rating


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
Overall Rating
You Have a Brain is a great book for teens that may be seeking direction in their lives. I really enjoyed that the first half (or so) of the book Dr. Carson tells his story. It really draws the reader in. And although Dr. Carson’s resume is outstanding and his accomplishments impressive, this book is not written in a haughty way. Dr. Carson gives all the glory to God and his mother.

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)

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