Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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.)
"The Boy Who Changed the World" is a new children's book by Andy Andrews. It is a companion to the gift book "The Butterfly Effect," also by Andy Andrews.
This book tells the story of a young boy, Norman, and what he did that changed the world. That then leads into the next story of a second person and makes you wonder if, in fact, that person really changed the world. More and more stories follow, showing how each one of them impacted the life of the next. It's based on the premise that what we do - no matter how small an act - can have a significant effect on the lives of others.
It has a wonderful message, and positively challenges children to think that they, too, can change the world.