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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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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(s) Ben Carson, M.D. , Gregg Lewis , Deborah Shaw Lewis
About the Contributor(s) Ben Carson, M.D.

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

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

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.


UPC 025986745998
ISBN-10 0310745993
ISBN-13 9780310745990
Release 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 3/5/2015)
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 3/2/2015)
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 2/26/2015)

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