Saturday, February 25, 2012

George Washington Carver Book Review

Book Review of George Washington Carver
  by John Perry
from the Christian Encounters Series

     John Perry digs into the life and mind of remarkable man, George Washington Carver.  Carver, "A generation of 20th-century Americans knew him as a gentle, stoop-shouldered old black man who loved plants and discovered more than a hundred uses for the humble peanut. George Washington Carver goes beyond the public image to chronicle the adventures of one of history's most inspiring and remarkable men."  This book takes a look at not only his childhood, working days, and scientific discovery, but most of all, his heart and total dedication to Christ.  He turned every observation and every scientific revelation, back to God the Creator of it all.  He said, "I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in."  He also stated, "Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God."  Additionally, Carver stayed ever faithful to the African-American community; and gave his life for the betterment and advancement of "his people."  
      George Washington Carver is no longer a highly-publicized man as he was in the early 1900's, but he should be.  It was privilege to learn more about this quirky man that saw the world in a new way.  He wasn't driven by money or material items, but by the excitement of uncovering God in nature and bringing glory to Him.  Even though he was a simple man, his understanding of life and his own personal rules to live by were extraordinary.  He was all about treating people, no matter the race, and our earth with respect, grace and love.  His example is one to be mirrored.  This would be a significant living book for any student of history to read.  Within the book are some of Carver's own writings, as well as first hand accounts from the people in his life that witnessed his unconventional ways and knew him on a personal level.  Anyone would enjoy learning about this Godly man and his advancement in the world of science.  

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