Book #30: George Washington Carver

george washington carverGeorge Washington Carver – John Perry

Thomas Nelson Publishing – 2011 – ISBN: 978-1-5955-5026-2


“…his greatest gift is a legacy of hope: a timeless message to black and white, rich and poor…”                – John Perry, George Washington Carver, pg 154.


When I first picked up this book, I knew little about George Washington Carver.  Now having finished it, I can say that I am in fact awed with what this man accomplished in a society that was often against him.  He found friendship with people of all races and made a contribution not to any ethnicity but to the human race.

Carver was born a slave, but ended his life as a mentor, professor, botanist, and inventor. George began his life as a sickly baby born to two slaves.  As a young child, he was kidnapped with his mother.  While he was found and returned to the Carvers, who took he and his brother in, his mother was not returned.  He was raised by anglos who in turn treated him as if his was one their own children.

He was brilliant and had an insatiable mind.  He discovered hundreds of uses for sweet potatoes and peanuts.  He was invited by Booker T. Washington to teach at the Tuskegee Institute.  He was friends with cabinet members and presidents.  He spoke to crowds all over the world.  He was amazing.  And yet for any of these accomplishments, due to the time he lived, he was still considered a second class American.

John Perry does a good job detailing Carver’s life (even if it is hard to follow his dating sometimes) and interweaving his faith in the Creator God.  This book is a must read for anyone who needs an inspirational story of what can be accomplished when one man allows God to teach them and inspire them to do and become.

Action Points:

1. Don’t let anyone determine your future.  That right belongs to God.

2. Don’t forget to rely on friends.  Carver’s earliest achievements were because people helped provide opportunities for them.

3. Don’t forget to pay forward your opportunities.  During the Great Depression, Carver found ways to give to people who needed it, never forgetting those who had done the same for him.


To comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I acknowledge that I have been privileged to receive a free copy of the book from Booksneeze as compensation for my review.

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