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 single 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 he became the youngest director of pediatric neurosurgery in the history of Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33.
Today, 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 has 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 lives, 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!
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In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. The extremely complex and delicate operation took five months in the planning stage and twenty-two hours in the execution. Carson pioneered another rare procedure known as hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removed one half of their brain. In Gifted Hands, he tells of his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33. Filled with fascinating case histories, this is the dramatic and intimate story of Ben Carson’s struggle to beat the odds — and of the faith and genius that make him one of the greatest life-givers of the century. Through it all shines a humility, quick wit, and down-to-earth style that make this book one you won’t easily forget. Buy on Amazon.com.
An easy-to-read autobiography of a humble black man who became one of America’s leading neurosurgeons. Ben Carson is an inspiring role model as he gives readers a peek into the operating room where he saved countless lives. Carson’s sense of humor, patience, work ethic, and faith in God come through loud and clear without sounding preachy. In the last chapter, Carson advises students on ways to live and to achieve. Buy on Amazon.com.
Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in this accurate and compelling movie about a renowned brain surgeon who overcame obstacles to change the course of medicine forever. Young Ben Carson didn’t have much of a chance. Growing up in a broken home amongst poverty and prejudice, his grades suffered and his temper flared. And yet, his mother never lost her faith in him. Insisting he follow the opportunities she never had, she helped to grow his imagination, intelligence and, most importantly, his belief in himself. That faith would be his gift – the thing that would drive him to follow his dream of becoming one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons. Buy on Amazon.com.
In his journey from poverty to the top of his field, Dr. Carson has lived the American dream. He shows how we can save that dream for our future generations, by restoring a moral, informed citizenry that will support “one nation, under God, indivisible.” Dr. Carson’s political positions are wrapped tightly in his Christianity, but his right-of-center views have attracted unusual critics. Ironically, the Southern Poverty Law Center says that Carson belongs on the same list as the KKK. Carson told Daily Mail Online that “When embracing traditional Christian values is equated to hatred, we are approaching the stage where wrong is called right and right is called wrong.” Dr. Carson calls for respectful discussion and disagreement, saying, “It is absolutely critical for us to once again advocate true tolerance [which means] allowing people to live according to their values without harassment.” In this book, Carson offers a bold plan to stop the country’s slide into fiscal and moral decay, while taking on tough issues such as education, health care, family values, race relations, taxes, charity, and the role of faith in public life. Buy on Amazon.com.