You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to Think Big

You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to Think Big

by Ben Carson

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Eight proven principles to help you overcome your self-doubt, conquer your fear of the future, reverse negative thoughts about yourself, and hurdle any other obstacles standing between you and your dreams.

But instead of letting his circumstances control him, Dr. Carson took control of his attitude and actions, leading to his discovery of eight straightforward but revolutionary principles that helped shape his future.

In You Have a Brain, Dr. Carson unpacks the eight important parts of T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.—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.

Through the advice and real-world examples laid out in these pages, you will learn how to incorporate these T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. principles into your own life so that you, like Dr. Carson, can embrace an amazing future filled with incredible success.

You Have a Brain:

  • Includes discussion questions at the back of the book
  • Unpacks the eight essential parts of Thinking Big: Talent, Honesty, Insight, Strong People Skills, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth Learning, and God
  • Is written by Dr. Ben Carson, a world-renowned neurosurgeon, former presidential candidate, and current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Teaches great life lessons for young men and women
  • Is the perfect gift for high school and college graduations, birthdays, and confirmations, and a great addition to YA book clubs and YA study groups

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310745488
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 263,827
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

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You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to Think Big 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one terrific book. Couldn't put it down. Bought it for my grandson, but before giving it away, I and husband also read it. Everyone ought to read about Dr. Ben Carson. Wonderful person, Christian background, so knowledgeable doctor, coming from such a difficult childhood. Praise to his mom one very strong lady, who continued to inspire and encourage him. A favorite book indeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of my fav. books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be a mandatory reading.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
WOW! 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! © JCMorrows 2015
farmerette25 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion. T H I N K B I G ! This is the message that Ben Carson is revealing in his “teen guide “book. What is he talking about with this acronym? He uses it to stand for: Talents, honesty, insight, nice, knowledge, books, in-depth learning and God. Personally, I think it is a great message for anyone! Ben and his brother were raised by his mom. No one could have known that his father would leave them when Ben was young. His mother worked 2 jobs and even moved to try do what was best for her boys. By the time Ben was in 5th grade he faced academic deficiencies. Ben’s mom leaned on the Lord and prayed hard for guidance. The Lord provided her with the wisdom to set the boys on a path to a lifetime of learning. She instilled in them faith and drive. She instilled in them to use their God given brains. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Being the mom to 4 little blessings, I have to say I have actually had to remind my kiddos to use theirs from time to time. I am sure that you have too. This book is written so that it is an easy read mo stly focusing on Ben’s life. Using examples of his life and how even though he faced hardships in his life, they didn’t define him. He became the neurosurgeon that God had planned for him. His faith guided him on his path to success despite the obstacles he faced. What a great inspirational, directional book for really anyone. I love the title as well as the book and would recommend it for anyone looking for inspiration or direction!
MarineCorpsNomads More than 1 year ago
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher to help facilitate the writing of an unbiased and fair review. You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to Think Big (affiliate link) begins with the story of Dr. Ben Carson’s life. He went from being the “dumbest kid in the class” to being a renowned neurosurgeon, author, and more. His journey to knowledge began at an early age when his mom required him to read a certain number of books each week. While she didn’t have an education beyond elementary school school, she was smart enough to understand what her boys needed to succeed in life. She would ask her boys “Do you have a brain?” when she wanted them to think about their decisions. I truly enjoy reading stories about people who beat the odds and make something of their lives no matter what hardships they need to overcome to be successful, and Dr. Carson’s life story did not disappoint. I had previously watched Gifted Hands, but to truly appreciate his story, you need to read it in his own words. After sharing his life story, which is a large chunk of the book, Dr. Carson talks about how teens need to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. He wants teens to be able to set goals for themselves and then succeed at achieving those goals. He lays out a plan, and of course, that plan involves utilizing the brain that the Lord gave them. As a mother of a teen, I found this section to be really motivational for me as it gives me tools to help my teen succeed at her dreams. Whether you’re a parent of a teen or you’re a teen, this book can help you lay down a solid strategy for success in life. His foundation is based upon using the brain that the Lord gave you. Honestly, it’s not a bad book for anyone to read no matter what stage of life they are in as we can all use a little help in realizing our goals/dreams in life.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Even if Ben Carson’s mother had foreknown her son’s future as a neurosurgeon, she could hardly have come up with a more fitting rhetorical question to challenge him throughout his childhood: “Do you have a brain?” Mrs. Carson never doubted the affirmative response to that question, and the resulting story is one that deserves to be told, as much for the re-telling of Dr. Carson’s remarkable life as for the revelation of Sonya Carson’s mothering style that anchored her two sons. Ben Carson got off to a rough start. When his father abandoned the family, they were left in poverty and instability, which resulted in severe educational deficiencies for Ben by the time he reached fifth grade. Taking matters into her own hands, Mrs. Carson prayed for wisdom to resolve her son’s problems, and He who gives to mother’s liberally and without reproach guided her into a hands-on approach that launched Ben and his brother into academic success, but, more importantly, toward a commitment to life-long learning. Dr. Carson writes for a teen audience, and ably demonstrates that the effective use of his brain could trump peer pressure (In his experience, P.E.E.R.S. were actually People Encouraging Errors, Rudeness, and Stupidity.); it could repel attacks of the fashion-ista; and it could put a harness on raging hormones. By contrast, however, Carson found that his battle with an out-of-control temper required help from on high — but he did have to use his brain to recognize the urgency of his need. Parenting four boys, my husband and I have told them, “Whatever you have in your hands, God will use.” This truth has been borne out in the life of Ben Carson as he pursued multiple interests throughout his adolescence and found that each of them, whether art, music, science, or the military, contributed to his professional success and enjoyment of life. The final chapters of You Have a Brain extract the practical principles that governed Ben Carson’s choices in life. Using a memorable acronym, he urges readers to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. while using their Talents, applying standards of Honesty and striving for Insight; to be Nice and to stay committed to the pursuit of Knowledge (particularly through many, many Books); then, to do the work necessary for In-depth Learning. Above all, he affirms that there is a God at work behind the scenes who designed the human brain, longs for a relationship with individuals, and stands ready to provide wisdom to the seeking heart. The Personal Talent Assessment provided in the appendix is a helpful tool for annual heart-searching and goal-setting, either independently or with the guidance of a parent or mentor. My own thoughts while reading You Have a Brain veered between wistfulness and hope. I distinctly recall making decisions as a student that were “the easy way out.” I should have risked more. However, I plan to put this book into the hands of my teen boys and to get in touch with my “inner-Sonya.” It is absolutely urgent that my boys should be aware of the impact their magnificent brains can have on their own future success. Disclosure: This book was provided by Zondervan through the BookLookBloggers program in exchange for my unbiased review.
schoolmomred More than 1 year ago
When debating upon which book to review next, I saw this book by Dr. Carson and immediately snatched it up. Dr. Carson is a Christian neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatrics. I have a deep respect for him, both as a doctor and as a Christian who refuses to be budged from his beliefs. In You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G., Dr. Carson begins his "guide" by telling some stories from his youth. His mom had a HUGE impact on how he would one day turn out. She told him often that he had a brain and to use it. Well, he did use that brain and the rest is history. T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. stands for: Talent, Honesty, Insight, Niceness, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth Learning, and God. Dr. Carson uses inspiring stories to demonstrate the need for teens to use and develop a love of learning and God to be all that they can be. At the end of the book are thought provoking discussion questions that can be answered alone or maybe with a parent or friend. I enjoyed this book immensely for its easy reading style but more for it's teaching of an important message. Teens need to know that they are worth something more than what society will tell them they are. They need prayers, direction, and guidance to lead them along the path the Lord has provided for them. Dr. Carson is a wonderful role model that I hope my own teenage son will admire and learn from as he reads this book. *I received a copy of You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions are my own.*