Most of the books in the Christian Encounters series are about people you’ve heard of and probably know a little about: St. Patrick, Galileo, Winston Churchill, Jane Austen. A few of their books explore lives of people you probably aren’t familiar with, but these biographies will enrich your life.  George Washing Carver is the biography of an extraordinary life of a man who was born in slavery, but quietly and steadily rose to become one of the most prominent African Americans of the early twentieth century. He may be known for his experiments with peanuts and sweet potatoes, but his life is much more fascinating that just those crops. He was driven by a love for His Creator and a desire to learn about His creation.

Biographer John Perry writes a nice, brief yet comprehensive account of Carver’s life. At times it felt a bit repetitive, but overall all it was a provocative story about a man who rose above his position in life to accomplish great things. Carver was a great example of a man who did not fight against the racism of his day, but strove to become an example of what his people could become.

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