You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.

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  • an inspirational book on how teens can tap into their potentials to create amazing and abundant futures
  • written by a top-flight neurosurgeon with a remarkable personal narrative
  • features a Christian subtext that could trouble nonreligious readers

I do, you do, we all do: You Have A Brain is admittedly not the most groundbreaking title to storm bookshelves. But author and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Dr. Benjamin Carson’s brain is just a tad more noteworthy than those of many others, having served as director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins for nearly thirty years. He’s aimed You Have A Brain at young teen readers, seeking to inspire them to believe in the highly impressive potential laying dormant within their own noggins.

Subtitled A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G., non-religious readers will take issue with Carson’s unabashed spiritual content. But You Have A Brain still proves a noteworthy read for its incredibly motivational and absorbingly written tone and structure.

Carson uses the book to chart his own rise from poverty and academic struggle to medical superstardom, mining his remarkable narrative for myriad tips and pointers that will spark teen readers to reach for more in their own lives. Chapters like “How We Got Smart,” “Off to College,” and “Becoming a Neurosurgeon” provide slice-of-life insight into how Carson shaped his life to maximize his promise. Young readers who don’t mind Christian undertones will leave You Have A Brain having an epiphany or two about a brighter future.