Book review : George Washington Carver

Have you heard of him? 

Do you know the name, but forget the details? 

If you remember any details at all, you are beyond, where I was when I picked up this book.

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Today, I stand in awe of a man I cannot remember ever hearing about.  This was not just a great black man. 

No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving something behind.
George Washington Carver

This was not just a great man who rose about slavery.  This was about a man who loved God so much, that he saw God in everything and had a passion to share.

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.
George Washington Carver

 

Yes, he was a black man.  Yes, he rose about the life of the slave he was born into.  Those are not what stand out in my mind, what stands out is that he never looked back, those things never stopped him from doing anything.  He never missed a beat when he was told no, because of the color of his skin.  Instead he decided to prove his worth by simply being amazing.  He did not draw attention in the sense “look at me and all I have done, and I am black” he simply did great things for others.

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

This book inspired me in so many ways.  It had been a long time since I read a biography, and this, I promise you, is the first of many to come! 

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.
George Washington Carver

I was enthralled as John Perry led me through the life of this man.  I could not get enough information about George Washington Carver to satisfy my curiosity – I wanted more and more.  I could not keep it to myself either, I was constantly sharing with my dear husband and kids, telling them all about his as I learned it.  I would love to tell you all about it, but honestly I would not do this man justice, and I want you to read the book!!

When our thoughts – which bring actions – are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be.
George Washington Carver

I recently heard someone speaking about teaching leadership to our children.  When asked what books that speaker would recommend, he answered that true leaders, good leaders, do not read books on leadership, they read biographies.  When you read a biography, you not only get to learn about what a person has done, you see the character of who they are, you see integrity lived out, you see greatness come alive and it captures you.

Check this book out – or many others in this series of Christians Encounters and see what I mean about diving head first into a great biography!!  You will not regret a page of it, I promise!

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Note : I received this book at no cost in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts are my own and sincere.

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