Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect is a gift book written by Andy Andrews. The subtitle to this book is "How your life matters." In this small book, Andrews discusses the thoughts all of us have had at one time or another about the importance of our lives. He talks about how every person questions whether or not he makes a difference and effects the lives of others. It is about the community of people and the idea of the "butterfly effect".

Andrews says the butterfly effect is the idea that one butterfly, in motion, moves molecules that travel around the planet, and can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. Andrews argues that the butterfly effect is true in relationship to people, and that the small acts we do each day can have worldwide, changing effects.

In the process of sharing this idea, Andrews includes multiple stories to demonstrate his ideas. He mentions Chamberlain, who held his ground during war, making it possible for an army without any ammunition to capture over four hundred enemy soldiers. One person changed the course of the battle.

What it boils down to for Andrews, is that every move we make and every action we take matters, not only during the moment, but because it effects others and continues to have effects. He wants each person to live their lives in such a way that they continue to effect others even generations from now. We are to live intentionally.

Andrews uses examples and stories that drive this point home. And the gift book is colorful, attractive, and easy to read. It can be read in one sitting and serve as a reminder of living a meaningful life that matters. I would recommend this book to everyone and keep it nearby as a source of daily inspiration.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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