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George Washington Carver

(Christian Encounters Series)

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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, st ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Thomas Nelson
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Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: life-graphic
The man was certainly unique and inspirational, and also very winsome as an individual. But as much of the book was about his various doings at the agricultural college I was not always very engaged.

Of more interest to me (especially as a non-American) was how this man overcame racial prejudices, how he earned respect in a day when respect was not easily given to a black man, and in how ugly the casual racial prejudices of that time actually were.

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Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Carver has been a hero of mine since my childhood. I bought this book at the George Washington Carver National Memorial in Missouri this summer. I was teary-eyed at the memorial and teary-eyed while reading certain parts of this book.
Eric Wright
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history, own
I'd give this book a 5 of 5 for the story of an exceptionally amazing man, but a 3 of 5 for the writing which shows some repitition.

George Washington Carver was born around 1860 in Missouri of a slave family. His mother, Mary, was carried off by bushwackers and never heard from again. From this unlikely background George grew to become a man renowned far and wide for his understanding of crops and husbandry. He discovered 145 uses for peanuts and introduced manifold innovations that were adopte
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Race relations in America have always been hard and difficult. Great strides have been made during the past half century, despite the actions of various race hustlers like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the NAACP leadership. To be sure, things are not perfect. Can they improve still? Perhaps. Can such areas as racial relations reach perfect harmony? Probably not, in our fallen, sinful world. But we *are* in a far better position, one that is the envy of human history, when it comes to the abili ...more
Justin Padgett
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great review of a great American, Alabamian, and Christian.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not the most exciting read but what an amazing man!
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet read

I loved this book. It was a really what I call an easy read and And I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great biography on a man I look up to very much and who used his God given abilities to the fullest.
Nikole Hahn
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Of all his accomplishments, it may be that his greatest gift to black people and to the world was the gift of hope. He proved that a black man—or any man—could start with nothing and achieve great things.” – George Washington Carver; John Perry; Thomas-Nelson.

The first time George Washington Carver caught my attention was when I read Andy Andrew’s coffee table book, “The Butterfly Effect.” That kindled my curiosity. That, and a new appreciation for Martin Luther King Jr. John Perry writes the t
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is one in a series of short biographies in the Christian Encounter series published by Thomas Nelson. Others include familiar subjects such as Tolkein, Bach, D L Moody, Jane Austen and Galileo; others more unfamiliar such as William F. Buckley, Anne Bradstreet and George Washington Carver.

The two previous volumes I've reviewed were ebooks, this was a hard copy. I was pleased to see the small format and the well-designed book covers, including flaps.

Perry is well placed to write this sh
Kristina Cardoza
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George Washington Carver by John Perry is a great book for learning about one of the most famous black men of the early 1900s! Scientist, botanist, educator, inventor, and artist, George Washington Carver had a truly fascinating life of successes and fame! From being kidnapped to succeeding in school to earning a doctorate, the "Peanut Man" had a life that will intrigue young and old minds alike. He was born a slave, but died a great scholar. Read about this remarkable doctor's story and
I really enjoy these biographies in the Christian Encounter Series by Thomas Nelson as they give you a Christian perspective on people from history, that you wouldn’t find out about in secular books. This one on George Washington Carver is actually a fast moving biography – maybe because I like this time period or was just plain fascinated by GWC – regardless this book on his life had me flipping pages fast. I learned about this man of great faith in school, but not much stuck with me and I sure ...more
Brenten Gilbert
When I was much younger, I had a biography of George Washington Carver and, for some reason, I was curiously drawn to it. I must have read it at least a dozen times, whether because I felt inspired by it, felt a strange kinship with the Carver of the pages, or simply because I had been told it was my great-grandfather’s book. I even remember there being a few genaric tickets “hidden” in the back pages for which I concocted a complicated story explaining how they got there. Unfortunately, I don’t ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
George Washington Carver is an inspiration! Born a slave, George was a frail boy. When he is kidnapped, along with his mother, by slave traders, Moses Carver convinces a Sergeant General to go after them. He brings back George, but his mother didn't make it. Moses raises young George as his own. But since George is frail, he learns inside chores instead of outside, like cleaning, mending and cooking.

These skills will aid George his entire life. When he applies for college, he is turned away beca
Joan Burgett
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George Washington Carver discovered 145 uses for the peanut. I remember studying about him in grade school but was never taught his remarkable story; from son of a slave, brought up in a caucasian home, taught to read, and his agile mind and thought processes were encouraged by his family. Against all odds he received a college education and along with Booker T. Washington encouraged generations of black students at Tuskegee Institute. What most history books omit is that he was a devout followe ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I found this series! Perry does a fabulous job of working into the very fabric of his biography Carver's faith and its impact on his choices from young adulthood to the end of his life. But even with a heavy emphasis on Carver's beliefs, Perry still treats honestly the self-promotion and interpersonal conflict that dogged Carver's work at Tuskegee. I look forward to sharing this book with my students in the future. And I look forward to finding others in the Christian Encounters seri ...more
Andy Mitchell
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’d heard of George Washington Carver, and I knew that he’d done a lot of work with peanuts.

That was about it.

Now that I’ve read this book, I feel like I know Dr. Carver more deeply than ever before.

Jonh Perry’s book is intensely personal. Aside from occasionally repeating himself, his storytelling is compelling and fascinating.

If you’re interested in the contributions of Dr. Carver to the American experience, then you will enjoy this book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in
Lin Ryals
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
George Washington Carver was the son of a slave. After his mother was kidnapped, he and his brother were "adopted" into the home of their 'owner' and raised as their own children. When the slaves were freed, Carver found the only thing he wanted was knowledge and he did everything he could to achieve that and make a better life for himself and for other freed slaves.

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Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story of Dr. Carvers' life, from childhood and the family that took him in until death at Tuskogee Institute.

He was a soft spoken man that was an encourager throughout his life. Humbly accepting help from others and offering all he had to others. He showed what true Christianity was all about (except maybe his yearning for appreciation), he gave his students Hope.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice, enjoyable biography about a pious man that achieved great things without knowledge of particles and progress. God was all he needed.
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John Perry has coauthored books with John MacArthur, Richard Land, Mike Huckabee, among others and written historical books about Charles Colson, the Scopes Monkey Trials, and more. He is a two-time Gold Medallion Award finalist and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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