Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. 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.
The title of You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G centers on the advice Ben Carson's mother gave him and his brother: you have a brain-use it. The well-known neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson has overcome the obstacles of his father's leaving the family, being considered stupid by his classmates in grade school, and having a violent temper. He articulates eight principles that helped shape his future and which make up thinking big: Talent, Honesty, Insight, being Nice, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth Learning, and God. Writing for a teen audience, Carson amply demonstrates that the effective use of one's brain does trump peer pressure. In his experience, "peers" were actually People Encouraging Errors, Rudeness and stupidity. Carson also makes clear that his own battle with an out-of-control temper required help from God, though using his brain to recognize the need was essential. Gregg Lewis is the author or coauthor of more than 50 books, and Deborah Shaw Lewis has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books; the two are the parents of five children. As a team they have worked with Dr. Carson and are able to articulate insights in a fashion that encourages personal assessment. Leroy Hommerding, CLJ * Christian Library Journal *