Throughout his life, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson has overcome many obstacles: His father leaving the family; being considered stupid by his classmates in elementary school; raised in inner-city Detroit; and having a violent temper. He didn’t let his circumstances control him.

In “You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to Think Big,” this world renowned neurosurgeon, devoted Christian and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom unpacks the eight essential parts of Thinking Big– Talent, Honesty, Insight, Strong People Skills, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning, and God– and offers compelling genuine stories of people who demonstrated those qualities in his life. By applying the idea of T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. to your life, and by taking a look at those around you moreover, you can overcome obstacles and pursue achieving your dreams.

He writes:

“The brain enables us to imagine, to create, and to solve problems. A human brain comes programmed with the ability to extract information from the past, gather information from the present, integrate that data, and project it into the future — which means we’re the only creatures on earth with the capacity to analyze, strategize, and prioritize so we can alter or improve the world around us. This is unlike other animals who only react to what’s going on around them.”

Dr. Carson has an incredible life narrative– raised in dire poverty, a poor student at a young age– but he is a living testimony of the what God can do in the life of a person ready to learn. In this book he shares his personal struggles as a “disadvantaged youth” and the showcases the keys that enabled him to rise to the top of his profession. He attributes his success to his young mother’s insistence that he take responsibility for his life and commit himself to be a reader. After having operated on countless young brains as a renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Carson ventures out in this book to explain how the brain works and how young people (of every age!) can maximize their use of this God-given organ for God’s glory.

A man of devout Christian faith and respected by millions as a model Christian, today Dr. Carson serves as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Trump administration.

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