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The Man Who Talks With the Flowers Paperback – June, 1976
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Paperback: 62 pages Publisher: Macalester Park Pub Co (June 1976) Language: English ISBN-10: 0910924090 ISBN-13: 978-0910924092
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Clark describes a visit in which he was privileged to be shown Dr. Carver's laboratory workshop at Tuskegee Institute. "No books are ever brought in here," stated Carver, "and what is the need of them? Here I talk to the little peanut and it reveals its secrets to me. I lean upon the 29th verse of the first chapter of Genesis. 'And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.' Carver continues, "Here I talk to the sweet potato and the clays of the hills, and they talk back to me. Here great wonders are brought forth." And he pointed to an array of bottles containing specimens of the three hundred uses for the peanut. "And up there are the clays," he added. "And again there is no need for books. Merely another promise in the Bible. 'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.' Carver then showed a purple clay, kept in his room, which he called "the lost purple of Egypt." "Only in one other place in the world can they find that clay," said Carver. "Where did you find it?," asked Clark. "I talked with the Lord one morning and He led me to it," replied Carver. "And when I had brought my friends and we had dug it up, they wanted to dig farther, but I said, 'No need to dig farther. This is all there is. God told me.' And sure enough, there was no more."
Carver taught himself to paint and also to play the piano. He said he received these gifts through asking in prayer and claimed there was nothing he ever asked the Creator to help him do that he was not able to accomplish. He said it was simple as long as one knew how to talk to the Creator. It is "a matter of seeking Him and finding Him, as instructed in the Proverbs, "Those that seek me early shall find Me." When asked if he literally seeks God early, Carver replied, "Yes, all my life I have risen regularly at 4 o'clock and have gone into the woods and talked with God. There He gives me my orders for the day. Alone there with things I love most I gather specimens and study the great lessons Nature is so eager to teach us all.... I never grope for methods. The method is revealed the moment I am inspired to create something new. I live in the woods. I gather specimens and listen to what God has to say to me. After my morning's talk with God I go into my laboratory and begin to carry out His wishes for the day."
Carver's first answer to prayer came when he was about 5 or 6 years old, and he tells Clark about it in the book.
The author of the book expounds upon prayer as "an inner contact, more powerful because unseen, like and yet infinitely unlike the turning of an electric switch on or galvanic battery," and he says that "when two who positively believe in prayer come together, especially if that coming together has carried one of them across mountains and rivers and brought him on a pilgrimage of thousands of miles, then that power in prayer is especially active." The author says that even though he had had the privilege of praying with very spiritual people, he never experienced more dynamic prayer than the day he prayed with George Washington Carver, both of them believing utterly and completely in the Power of God to answer prayer.
Carver was asked how he got the flowers and peanuts to give up their secrets to him, and Carver replied that anything, including people, will give up their secrets to you if you love them enough.
When asked if it was his prayers or the healing oils that he made and rubbed on while praying that were the most efficacious element in his prayers for healing, he explained, "It is chiefly the oil," he replied. "....The reality in matter....the herbs of the field, the clays, the healing ointments--I think God put these things into the world to be used as instruments of healing...." Ultimately, said Carver, "It is not we little men that do the work but our blessed Creator working through us."
Carver felt that anyone else could have made all of the discoveries that he himself did. He spoke highly of Thomas Edison, with whom he corresponded, and who he felt proceeded on the same basis of discovery as he did, although Edison's belief in God was not of an orthodox sort. He also spoke highly of Gandhi. Carver felt that the reason only very few people perform miracles is because they do not have a solid enough belief. The secret of miracles, said Carver, is in an absolutely solid belief in the Promises of God in the Bible.
A worthwhile book. Some readers may wish to count themselves as "members of Carver's little spiritual family."