The Seeds We Sow

The Seeds We Sow

by Gary Beene
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The Seeds We Sow by Gary Beene

"Practice random acts of kindness" is a catchy little phrase. It is also nonsense. There should be nothing random about the decision to be kind. There is no single action more powerful and "The Seeds We Sow" offers proof of the cross-generational power of kindness. The book tells the story of the intertwined lives of George Washington Carver, Vice President Henry Agard Wallace, and Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug. It tells how their kindness and passion to feed the world was passed on and enhanced across generations. In his quest to help feed the world, George Washington Carver was probably the most influential not because he was the "peanut man," but rather because he was a "gentle man." His protege Henry Agard Wallace grew up to be the Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President of the United States. He was likely one of the most under-appreciated and misunderstood leaders of the twentieth century. In turn, Wallace passed the baton to Norman Borlaug, who worked in quiet obscurity for most of his life. M.S. Swaminathan of India summed up his friend's life, "Norman Borlaug is the living embodiment of the human quest for a hunger free world. His life is his message." Because Carver, Wallace and Borlaug lived, so do we. After a 30 year career in Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education, the author retired as the state director of the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in September 2008. He and his wife, Carla, enjoy life at their home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gary states that for him kindness did not always come naturally. He says, "I was one of those poor saps who had to do a lot of personal work before understanding that only the merest quarter-turn of the heart separates us from life's abundance."

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ISBN-13: 9780865347885
Publisher: Sunstone Press (DIP)
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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anonymous51 More than 1 year ago
I had heard of George Washington Carver, but had no idea the impact he had on our world. I had never heard of Henry Agard Wallace or Norman E. Borlaug, yet these three men leveraged kindness and the butterfly effect to literally put bread on our tables. This is not some boring story about agriculture. It starts with the spell-binding story of Carver's kidnapping in 1865 and spins forward all the way through the earth shaking events of the 20th century. Even there, much of what I thought I knew about that century's history was either ill-informed or had huge gaping holes. The Seeds We Sow is both a fascinating and inspirational read.
vigilrc More than 1 year ago
Excellent read which I can say far surpassed my expectations! Just as the title implies ("the seeds that we sow"), the decisions that we make and the actions that we take, have long and often unforeseen consequences. As the book describes, some are positive and some are not. In fact, there are many surprising accounts of actions that were detrimental to mankind; many of which were initiated by persons, countries, and companies that one would never have expected. What is particularly refreshing is that the author provides a perspective which defines the effects of choosing kindness in a lasting and meaningful way. This runs as the central theme of the book. Too often we are given a cynical view of the world perpetuated by an "if it bleeds, it reads" mentality. In fact, the author turns this notion on its head. While reading the book, I felt like I was taken through a jaunt in history with many remarkable and unknown facts. What became very revealing is the fact that history does indeed tend to repeat itself. There are many parallels, for example, between the great depression and the current recession, not to mention between food shortages and the pricing of food in the past and in the present. Finally, I have to say bravo to the rich character development. While the historical figures from George Washington Carver, to Henry Agard Wallace, to Norman Bourlag made for good material, Mr. Beene was able to develop a richer understanding of their lives and perspectives. This had the effect of developing a flow which made for a great storyline. In summary, a very entertaining read which is very relevant to the times; and most importantly, which provides a framework for choosing kindness to the benefit of us all.
RGreenwood More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this book! It was thought provoking, and uplifting. This is at once a multiple-biography, a study of agronomy and economics, a history lesson, and a philosophical statement on the power of simple individual kindnesses to eventually transform the human world for the better..... Beene has a writing style that's "easy on the eye"; and he weaves together the story's wide ranging elements to make to make this a very good read. My one question to the author: "Well, when's your next book out ?!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most people have never even heard of Henry A. Wallace and Norman Borlaug, yet their kindness impacted our world in ways we cannot even begin to understand. I reccommend this book to everyone!
Leggo More than 1 year ago
This book provides an historical proof of how the butterfly effect of kindness works. Whether or not one believes in kindness or the butterfly effect is not even an issue. The simple fact is that it has impacted all of our lives in ways that are hard to even fathom. Many of the books readers and/or their parents would have starved to death had it not been for the kindness and determination of George Washington Carver, Henry Wallace and Norman Borlaug, yet few people know that story. Wow...what a piece of history. It is inspirational to realize that while the history written of the 20th century is stained with the blood of tyrants and mad men, the far more powerful, though untold, theme of that century was one of kindness. Whether you are a history buff or not, this is a must-read.