Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review: You Have a Brain by:Ben Carson

You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.
About the Book:
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, 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.

Includes discussion questions at the back of the book.

About the Author:
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.

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.

My Review:
 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 been 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.