Benjamin Carson is a retired world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, devout Christian, potential candidate for the 2016 presidential election, and best-selling author. He wrote Gifted Hands, Think Big, The Big Picture, Take the Risk, America the Beautiful, One Nation, and his newest title is You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. In this book, Dr. Carson shares his secret for success. He imparts eight important principles – Talent, Honesty, Integrity, Niceness, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning, and God – and presents the stories of people who helped shape his future by demonstrating those things in his life.
From the time he was a child, Carson had to overcome many obstacles. His father left the family, so young Ben and his brother were raised in inner-city Detroit by a mother with a third grade education. Ben was considered stupid by his classmates in grade school, and he had a violent temper that threatened to land him in jail. Sonya Carson was a dedicated mother who kept telling her sons, Ben and Curtis, to use the brain God gave them. Curtis ended up becoming an engineer, and Ben eventually catapulted to the top of his class and beyond – to a Yale scholarship, the University of Michigan Medical School, and youngest director of pediatric neurosurgery in the history of Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33.
Dr. Ben Carson holds twenty honorary doctorates and is the recipient of many awards including the Horatio Alger Distinguished American Award, the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and induction into the “Great Blacks in Wax” Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Carson has endowed a scholarship program and set up literacy projects specifically in poor areas, so kids can learn the love of reading, which will have a profound impact on their academic performance.
If teens apply Carson’s concept of T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. to their life, they too can overcome obstacles and work toward achieving their dreams. You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. includes discussion questions, so it’s a good book to read and discuss as a family. The chapters are short and can be done in 20 minutes a day. You Have a Brain is a must-read for any young teen!