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Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson had to overcome many obstacles in his life: his father leaving; grade school classmates considered him stupid; growing up in inner-city Detroit; and having a violent temper. But Dr. Carson didn't let his circumstances control him, instead he 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, Insight, Being Nice, 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.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., became the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984 at the age of 33, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital's history. He has written and published nine books, four of which were co-authored with Candy, his wife of 40 years. Dr. Carson was the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. U.S. News Media Group and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership recognized Dr. Carson as one of "America's Best Leaders" in 2008. In 2014, the Gallup Organization, in their annual survey, named Dr. Carson as one of the 10 Most Admired Men in the World.
Dr. Carson and his wife are co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. In addition, Dr. Carson is now the Honorary National Chairman of the My Faith Votes campaign and continues to work tirelessly for the cause of the American people.
Gregg Lewis is an award-winning author and coauthor of more than fifty books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, Take the Risk and The Big Picture.
Deborah Shaw Lewis has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, has taught school, does professional storytelling, speaks on motherhood and family issues, and holds a master's degree in early childhood development. She and Gregg are the parents of five children.
Maxine Fitchett5 Stars Out Of 5Good for any teenagerJanuary 23, 2018Maxine FitchettQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the second book from Ben Carson that I have given to my grandson. Ben's words of
wisdom are just what young people need in the day we are living in.
Rollos MomMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5book gives hopeNovember 30, 2015Rollos MomMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5No matter what your political beliefs are, this book gives you hope. Ben Carson had many strikes against him growing up. His Mom refused to let him and his brother be held back because of those strikes. She expected them to do better than she did and she made plans to make sure that happened. And it did happen.
Viv5 Stars Out Of 5Inspire Your Kid!July 17, 2015VivQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My 12 yo son and I are about half-way through this book and this is the FIRST time he has been interested in reading ANYTHING. I mean it. For him to express his thoughts on this book in between readings is astounding. He has found it encouraging to know that he can also turn his attitude and studies around. My son has been two years behind in reading scores, but this book has been a spark in his motivation. He has carried this drive to his other lessons in Latin and Greek and is finding a renew sense of purpose and direction. The book is written with just enough vocabulary words to be helpful, but not overwhelming, and the accounts from Dr. Carson's life demonstrate the ability for anyone to overcome obstacles. This is the top contemporary read for me in a long time, as I usually only stick to the Bible, classics, and news.
Dee Dee5 Stars Out Of 5you have a brainJuly 6, 2015Dee DeeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5He is great! A great problem solver and an ethical man. My vote is for him for president of the USA!
Dorie5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring Words of WisdomMarch 19, 2015DorieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading through the book, I was struck by the easy going tone of Carson. Additionally, while the audience is teens, the book is not 'dumbed down' or condescending in any way.
The events Carson shares are relatable and purposeful. His life is inspirational and his words are full of wisdom. He shares specific incidents like a couple of long distance moves, harming a friend, and choosing between music and science. Though not every teen will experience these, the thought process, emotions, and choices serve as a model for other experiences. It was also refreshing how Carson related some menial events which at the time may have seemed ho-hum, but really helped prepare him for later in life. His job as a crane operator was not in the medical field at all, but the experience and understanding of how to operate a crane came in quite handy later in life during surgeries of precision. Using this example and others, Carson helps teen readers understand how experiences will shape and prepare us for adult life.
During the second portion of the book, Carson unpacks T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G., letter by letter. He fully explains each concept, like talent, insight, and in-depth learning. Then, he shares practical ways he grew in that area and how teens can as well.
Despite not being in the target audience age group, I found the book informative and motivational for me personally as an individual (with a brain) and as a mom with four children. Obviously, anyone can glean wisdom on how to go further in life at any age. We can all use some motivation to do better. The greatest gem I found in the book, though, was how to help my children do better in tangible ways. I know the book wasn't written for this purpose. However, when I read it, I found it is a treasure chest of ideas for parents of teens and soon to be teens. Some of those ideas include finding mentors for my children in specific areas and encouraging them to take on more responsibilities in their own areas of interest.