Monday, February 02, 2015
Book Review: You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. by Ben Carson, MD
You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. is written by Ben Carson, MD with Gregg Lewis and Deborah Shaw Lewis and is published by Zondervan.
When debating upon which book to review next, I saw this book by Dr. Carson and immediately snatched it up. Dr. Carson is a Christian neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatrics. I have a deep respect for him, both as a doctor and as a Christian who refuses to be budged from his beliefs.
In You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G., Dr. Carson begins his "guide" by telling some stories from his youth. His mom had a HUGE impact on how he would one day turn out. She told him often that he had a brain and to use it. Well, he did use that brain and the rest is history. T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. stands for: Talent, Honesty, Insight, Niceness, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth Learning, and God. Dr. Carson uses inspiring stories to demonstrate the need for teens to use and develop a love of learning and God to be all that they can be. At the end of the book are thought provoking discussion questions that can be answered alone or maybe with a parent or friend.
I enjoyed this book immensely for its easy reading style but more for it's teaching of an important message. Teens need to know that they are worth something more than what society will tell them they are. They need prayers, direction, and guidance to lead them along the path the Lord has provided for them. Dr. Carson is a wonderful role model that I hope my own teenage son will admire and learn from as he reads this book.
*I received a copy of You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions are my own.*