The Kid Who Changed the World

Originally released as The Boy Who Changed the World in 2010, and renewed in 2014, this children’s book by Andy Andrews in telling a story, really four stories, demonstrates the interconnections of Susan Carver, George Washington Carver, Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace.

Wallace wanted Borlaug to do research to develop seeds capable of growing larger plants to feed more people. Wallace motivated Borlaug’s research. But even with all the motivation would likely never been successful without the groundbreaking research done by George Washington Carver. Would George Washington Carver’s research have happened if he had the orphaned boy not gained an adoptive parent in Susan Carver.

Andrews had an appointment to read to elementary school children. In the conditions our society is living in right now, obviously that wasn’t happening, so he decided to read the book to any child that might want to hear it. He also has study material available for free online.

After I listened to Andrews read his book I wanted to do a little looking around about it online. I really listening to the book. I was surprised when I looked at the book on Amazon. While most of the book reviews were positive, four or five stars, there were a few lower ratings, all of them were one star. I was puzzled, thinking, “how could anyone not like this story?”

It boiled down to three letters that are never mentioned in the book GMO. Before today, while I have heard the letters GMO and I knew it was a food and people were outspoken about what happens to people who eat GMO food. Today I did a little research and found GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. And, at least in my limited reading, no, they are not good for us.

But to focus on GMOs completely misses the point Andrews was making in the book. He emphasized how the characters in his book used God given abilities and hard work to accomplish something they hoped would benefit the world.

What each of Andrew’s characters did was motivated by needs in the world. At their time the world didn’t know what a GMO might be.

The same is true for the author’s intended audience. Further, I would much rather children learn the importance of other people and their contributions, knowing that what happens in the world doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We don’t accomplish things alone. I can say I wrote this post. And, I did, but it wasn’t just me. Cindy took care of other things this evening so I could work. My mom made sure I went to school. Ms. Glidden, my sixth grade teacher and Ms. Foley my fourth grade teachers (hey they are the ones I can remember) made sure I got at least a little English through my thick head. There are also the numerous proofreaders who not only corrected my work but also taught me along the way. There is also the four people Andy Andrews and even Andy Andrews himself. I didn’t do this alone. Rarely, if ever, do we do things alone. Andrews teaches the kids who read his book that very thing.

I still don’t know GMOs. I know enough to avoid them. When my kids were still at home it was my job, not Andy Andrews to feed them. I believe Andrews, through this book, made the world better because it teaches that we don’t move the world alone. But I am also thankful for people who worked to make the world better. Even if they were not successful. Would the world not be better if more of us gave that kind of effort to caring for one another. For me, even though they were wrong, they were right. the world can use more of that.

I pray you have a blessed night.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
Permission given for non-commercial use.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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