Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Book Review: The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews
No, this isn't like the movie of the same name with Ashton Kutcher.:-) It's a new book by Andy Andrews, called "The Butterfly Effect."
This short gift book packs a lot of message into just over 100 pages. Essentially, it tells you how just one event, no matter how tiny or mundane it seems, can have far reaching implications that you may never even see.
It's based on a theory (paraphrased here) "that even the flapping of a butterfly's wings would stir air molecules, which would in turn move other air molecules, eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet." This idea became somewhat of an urban myth, but was later proven to have merit. Science has now applied this idea to movement of any kind of matter, including people.
Once you read this book, it's easier to envision the likelihood that something that seems trivial to you - a kind word to the cashier in a grocery store, or a smile to a stranger - could make a significant difference down the road, and you would never even know it.
Read it for yourself, and you'll get the picture.
(I was provided a free copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze blogger program in exchange for the review.)