George Washington Carver: Christian Encounters Series  -     By: John Perry
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1595550267
ISBN-13: 9781595550262
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Series: Christian Encounters

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Publisher's Description

Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

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.

George Washington Carver was born a slave. After his mother was kidnapped during the Civil War, his former owners raised him as their own child. He was the first black graduate of Iowa State, and turned down a salary from Thomas Edison higher than the U.S. President to stay at the struggling Tuskegee Institute, where he taught and encouraged poor black students for nearly half a century.

Carver was an award-winning painter and acclaimed botanist who saw God the Creator in all of nature. The more he learned about the world, the more convinced he was that everything in it was a gift from the Almighty, that all people were equal in His sight, and that the way to gain respect from his fellow man was not to demand it, but to earn it.

Author Bio

John Perry is a former advertising copywriter and founder of Wolf, Perry & Clark Music and American Network Radio. He is the author of Sergeant Alvin York; Unshakable Faith, a dual biography of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver; and Lady of Arlington, the biography of Mary Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee. His Letters to God has been on the New York Times best seller list. John now lives in Nashville.

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  1. John Chancey
    Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Man! Great Book!
    February 24, 2012
    John Chancey
    Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Everyone close to me can tell you that I am passionately against racism and racial discrimination. It is a sin that is opposed to the very Gospel of Jesus Christ. After all, if God so loved the "world," and if "whosoever will may come," and if we should love our neighbors as ourselves, what room does that leave for racism? Why should we feel we have the option to hate another human being for whatever reason?

    This biography struck the perfect balance of information to give the reader the ability to develop an idea of what Dr. Carver was like. It was not a long book, and it wasn't full of trivial factoids. In its pages, I gained a new appreciation for a great man - and a great scientist.

    I especially appreciated the emphasis given in this biography on Dr. Carver's love for God, and how he gave God the credit for all the amazing discoveries he made and talents he possessed. It also surprised me to learn that Dr. Carver was a praise-seeker: he loved basking in the compliments of other men. However, this was balanced by his humble attitude and generosity.

    The greatest lesson that I learned from this book concerned the way Carver handled the issues regarding racial segregation in those days. Unlike those modern civil rights activists who seek to demand equal treatment, often sounding brash and overbearing (and sometimes causing more harm than good), Dr. Carver had the amazing ability to cause the white establishment to blush at their own unjust laws and silly social rules. They WANTED to break the "rules" for Dr. Carver, because his spirit and personality were so winsome. His white friends would be angered when he could not get a room at a hotel or ride in certain train cars, but he never whined or grew bitter over his treatment. He wanted the white man to see him as a productive and valuable member of society. Couldn't we all learn a lesson from him, especially as it concerns those of us who wish to reach people with the Gospel?

    Everyone should read this book about the amazing Dr. Carver. Read it, and learn from his life.

    I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.
  2. dgreegor
    MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful Story
    January 31, 2012
    dgreegor
    MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    *I received a copy of this book via Booksneeze.com in exchange for this review. The review is my own and I was not prejudiced to write a positive or negative review.*

    This was a very moving and powerful story. I was greatly encouraged to see how Dr. Carver handled such hatred and mockery by doing what he knew God created him to do.

    To see how a man such as Dr. Carver showed so much concern for all of God's creation, both human and non-human, was so profound that I found myself wondering, "why do I now think as such?".

    Being born into an era were racial hatred was predominant, should have caused much animosity for white people. Yet, Dr. Carver rose above it all and was instrumentally used by God for great success.

    I highly recommend this book to those in upper class high school who seek encouragement to follow the passion God has given them. You will be tested and reading about a man who was greatly tested should give hope that with God all things are possible.
  3. victoria2431
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    George Washington Carver
    December 19, 2011
    victoria2431
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for George Washington Carver - eBook.
    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.

    George Washington Carver was born a slave. After his mother was kidnapped during the Civil War, his former owners raised him as their own child. He was the first black graduate of Iowa State, and turned down a salary from Thomas Edison higher than the U.S. President to stay at the struggling Tuskegee Institute, where he taught and encouraged poor black students for nearly half a century.

    Carver was an award-winning painter and acclaimed botanist who saw God the Creator in all of nature. The more he learned about the world, the more convinced he was that everything in it was a gift from the Almighty, that all people were equal in His sight, and that the way to gain respect from his fellow man was not to demand it, but earn it.

    I've heard a little about George Washington Carver but didn't really know very much about this amazing man. He seemed to be one of the smartest people of his time but also was very demanding of his school. I'm amazed by how many applications he found for the peanut and sweet potatoe and how easy he was dismissed by those around him.
  4. Peter
    Midland, MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian Encounters: George Washington Carver
    September 7, 2011
    Peter
    Midland, MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for George Washington Carver - eBook.
    Born a slave and orphaned at an early age, George grew up in his master's home and took an interest in plants at a very young age. Though his body was physically weak all throughout life, he applied himself to whatever he was doing and did whatever he could to further his education. The majority of his life was spent working at Tuskegee Institute, a school founded to train black people in the South to learn a trade and make a living using their hands. Carver invested many years teaching the students agriculture and groundbreaking farming techniques. Carver loved working in his laboratory, because there he was able to go to God and make incredible discoveries on the crops that were growing well in the South. Carver had a special relationship with the Creator, and his creativity flowed out of his communion with God.

    The book was very well written and approached Carver's life in a respectful way. As a black man living in the South not long after slavery was banned, he endured a lot of racial prejudice and injustice throughout his life. The author made sure to include enough examples of Carver's circumstances, experiences, and personal reflections. I found the pages full of information, easy to read, and worthy of my time. After studying this man's life, I am very grateful for his self-sacrificing efforts to transform a field of potential into a world of prosperity. His life stands as a legacy of hope to all people that beauty can rise out of ashes and that much can be learned from God's creation.

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of George Washington Carver through Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.
  5. BookGirl
    Blyth, ON
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An informative biograhy
    August 31, 2011
    BookGirl
    Blyth, ON
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    George Washington Carver by John Perry is an in-depth examination of the life of an American scientist and teacher. Created in a world of racial intolerance, his mother kidnapped and lost to him, Carver became a self-made man. Following his natural inclinations toward research and religious belief, Carver made a life for himself and in doing so enriched the lives and futures of those around him.

    Perry has written an engaging, easy-to-read biography. Drawing the reader in with the tragic circumstance of Carver's brief time with his mother and then offering a glimpse into the life of a fascinating human being, Perry's writing is concise and informative. Carver created a life for himself based on his own natural gifts: a love and appreciation of nature, a belief in God and an unfailing wish to help other African Americans. Carver's dedication and hard work are inspiring. His belief in the transcending power of education creates in the reader an appreciation for one's own education and how it is often taken for granted. Carver literally worked his way through school. In a time when it cost money to attend school, Carver held down a job, saved his money, then went to school until his money ran out. He then returned to work and repeated the process. This he did until his education was completed. Carver's was a tenacious, faith-fuelled life; his energetic contributions are still felt today.
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