Faith Bigger Than a Peanut

Franklin Springs Family Media Presents “George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way” Featuring Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr. 

FRANKLIN, TN, February 11, 2010—In a time when heroes are in short supply, Franklin Springs Family Media of Franklin, TN, has produced a timely film about an influential and enigmatic African-American leader. While U.S. historians often limit their focus to his scientific genius  George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way mines deeper into the spiritual core of  Carver, chronicling the inspiring story of a faith tested and refined by hardship and the harsh realities of being born into slavery and growing up in the reconstruction era. The film was released nationally on February 1—the first day of Black History Month.  

“Carver's greatest overlooked contribution in my opinion was his love and appreciation for creation and creativity.  He was a true scientist who was more than a lab coat and a microscope,” said Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr., the well-known author, conference speaker and preaching pastor at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. Baucham lends his voice as narrator in this powerful tribute to the whole of Carver’s life.  

An Uncommon Way is co-produced and directed by Christian film mainstay Ken Carpenter  (Dove Award winner in 2007 and 2008 for Best Long-form Videos for Mark Schultz and Amy Grant).  “We’re always on the lookout for stories that cast a strong vision of faith in action.  I had heard only half of Carver’s story in school; we wanted this film to provide a more complete picture of this extraordinary life,” said Carpenter. 

“This was a man of many gifts and passions who lived a full, rewarding life and invested that life by mentoring and discipling others,” added Baucham.  

George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way is available for purchase at Mardel Christian Bookstores, online at Christian Bookstore Distributors (CBD) and on the Franklin Springs website, where a 2-minute film clip featuring Dr. Baucham can also be viewed at http://www.franklinsprings.com/films/carver/

Carpenter’s cinematic documentary style provides an engaging film featuring footage from Carver’s boyhood home in Missouri, Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and other story segments from Nashville to Los Angeles, as well as interviews with a surviving former student and noted historians, including John Perry, Peter Buchard, Paxton Williamson and Dr. George Grant.  The film was scored by renowned Nashville composer/arranger Tom Howard. 

An Uncommon Way celebrates the character qualities that made Carver a unique part of American history.  “Textbooks tend to concentrate primarily on the outward achievements of George Washington Carver, his inventions and vision for sustainable agriculture, but this was just a small part of the man—more the outward fruit of something far greater within!” says Grant in the film.

Carver was heralded nationally as a scientific genius whose discoveries had tremendous impact in advancing sustainable agriculture.  A man of devout faith, he spoke continually of “loving the beauty of the earth and God’s handiwork in all things.” 

“The film reminds us how a man can overcome incredible obstacles to achieve great things.  And it also paints an interesting picture of how an astute man of science can also be completely captured by the majesty of God’s creation,” said Carpenter.  Dr. Baucham added “We are in the midst of an all-out assault on religion in the world today.  There is a belief among the general public that religious people have no place in science.  Some even believe that one cannot be a true scientist and a true Christian.  Carver's life shows us another way.”  

Carver’s commitment as a mentor to his students was unwavering.  He wrote “Oh, how I want them to get the fullest measure of happiness and success out of life. I want them to see the Great Creator in the smallest and apparently the most insignificant things about them.  How I long for each one to walk and talk with the Great Creator through the things He has created.” 

George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way is the latest offering from Franklin Springs Family Media.  Helmed by Carpenter, whose Franklin Films has worked with the leading names in Christian media (including a recent television series with Joni Eareckson Tada and the latest John Tesh broadcast special), Franklin Springs was created to provide families with filmed entertainment that strengthens the fabric of family life. 

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Watch the trailer of George Washington Carver’s: An Uncommon Way and learn more about the film and Franklin Springs Family Media by visiting the official website at: http://www.franklinsprings.com.  

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