I read Ben Carson's book, Gifted Hands, many years ago and was so inspired I gave it to a woman who works with inner city teens (we were living in Detroit at the time). So I was very interested in this book written specifically for teenagers.
At first I thought it a rather odd title but when one begins reading, you find out what the title means, his mother was always telling her two boys to "use their brains"... not only with education but in common sense living. Not to mention it is a play on Dr. Carson being one of the worlds most famous neurosurgeons.
I liked it even better than Gifted Hands, which is an autobiography. While this book also provides the story of how he went from failing school to becoming the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, it also gives a lot of excellent specific advice on becoming the best person they can become... whatever God has planned for them.
I have found it difficult to find a book written by a very devoted Christian that helps young people succeed in the secular world. Perhaps I'm not reading them. But I still believe this is one of those rare books that will inspire young people in their studies, interests, reading, career goals... and their relationship to Christ!
I must add a caveat here, this book is an excellent read for college students and adults. I'd give it as a gift for any person needing inspiration in their current education (especially young people struggling in school) as well as we adults who need reminding that God has gifted us uniquely.
Some of the chapter headings are:
- The Amazing Brain
- Think Beyond the Can
- How We Got Smart
- Taming My Temper
- Expanding My Options
- The Challenge -- Medical School
- Becoming a Neurosurgeon
- In-Depth Learning
- Think Big
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This book was provided by the publisher for purpose of review but the opinions are my own.
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