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Recently, the Z Blog Squad had some books geared toward the teen set. My 14-year-old daughter Gracie is NOT interested in “fluffy” reading. She prefers thinks that make her think. So, I had a feeling that these books might be right up her alley and ordered them for her. Today, she’ll be sharing her thoughts on the first of these books . . .
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(s)
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.
Gracie Says . . .
Dr.Ben Carson makes excellent points in saying that teenagers are capable of deciding things about their future, they are capable of changing even the worst parts about themselves, keeping good moral traits will pay off in the end, and that they don’t need to constantly try to fit in, which is something teenagers use most of their time doing these days. He says that teenagers can decide for themselves what they want to do by taking the time to focus on what they are good at. Not just focusing on things such as being capable of playing an instrument, but really think about natural talents that can be useful in finding what type of career would be good for a person, such as the ability to look at certain mathematical problems, which could be useful for being a mathematician or an engineer. His recommendations for finding these natural talents and abilities are a great way for teens to discover what they can really do, boost their self esteem, and ultimately reduce their stress when it comes to thinking about a career that they would normally fear due to the uncertainty of knowing if they would be good at it or not.
The way Dr. Ben Carson points out that teenagers can change parts about themselves that would hurt others, and themselves too, is great because he uses himself as an example by talking about how he had a heinous temper as a teenager. Teens nowadays are self-centered, and will blame anything other than themselves for their mistakes, whether the issue is bad grades, fights with another peer, or even just making simple mistakes. Instead of saying things such as, “This is all your fault, and you need to change,” he says, “This is a problem. It is caused by you, but you are more than capable of changing it. Other people have gone through the exact same thing, but they have prospered since then.”
I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to my peers.
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