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The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful book.

I'll admit, when I selected this book to review, I was expecting an actual novel to read, like a full-length story. So I was kind of surprised when this small, nearly pocket-sized baby of a book showed up in my mailbox! Yes, it is a very quick read; Amazon lists it as h...
I'll admit, when I selected this book to review, I was expecting an actual novel to read, like a full-length story. So I was kind of surprised when this small, nearly pocket-sized baby of a book showed up in my mailbox! Yes, it is a very quick read; Amazon lists it as having 115 pages but each of those pages has maybe one sentence. It can be thumbed through in one sitting. But I don't think that was the intention. I do believe this is more of a gift book, something you get when someone in your life needs some inspiration and hope. Or to pick up for yourself when you're having a dark day and really need to find that little glimmer of hope. This is a really beautiful book, both visually and in its message. This would make a stunning addition to your coffee table. I definitely and highly recommend this book.

posted by anathica on January 4, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Just not that into gift books

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: Motivational speaker and writer attempts to drive home the point that any small action can have an eventual huge effect. He demonstrates this with one longer story of Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who helped win the Civil Wa...
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: Motivational speaker and writer attempts to drive home the point that any small action can have an eventual huge effect. He demonstrates this with one longer story of Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who helped win the Civil War and saved thousands of lives. But there were other people who made Chamberlain's life possible - others effected those others, as well, as so it goes on and on.

Review: While it's an interesting concept, The Butterfly Effect really didn't do anything for me. It doesn't make for a very good table or gift book. It's short and easy to read, which can be a plus, but it's not something I would ever want to read again. Much of it is exactly the same as the children's book version, "The Boy Who Changed the World," and I enjoyed the children's book much more. At least it has colorful pictures to make me happy. I'm just not a huge fan of pointless gift books. But if that's your cup of tea, you'll enjoy this book.

posted by HarmoniousGlow on October 2, 2011

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Just not that into gift books

    Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

    Summary: Motivational speaker and writer attempts to drive home the point that any small action can have an eventual huge effect. He demonstrates this with one longer story of Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who helped win the Civil War and saved thousands of lives. But there were other people who made Chamberlain's life possible - others effected those others, as well, as so it goes on and on.

    Review: While it's an interesting concept, The Butterfly Effect really didn't do anything for me. It doesn't make for a very good table or gift book. It's short and easy to read, which can be a plus, but it's not something I would ever want to read again. Much of it is exactly the same as the children's book version, "The Boy Who Changed the World," and I enjoyed the children's book much more. At least it has colorful pictures to make me happy. I'm just not a huge fan of pointless gift books. But if that's your cup of tea, you'll enjoy this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    As much as I love Andy Andrews books I can not recommend this book!

    If you have read any of Andy Andrews books you have already read The bu tterfly effect. while there are pretty pictures and thoughts, it is basically 2 stories that you have read before numerous times in his other books and stories. It cost 13.00 after shipping and for the first time ever I was sorry I bought an Andy Andrews book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    The Butterfly Effect

    First of all, I want to say that The Butterfly Effect is a very visual and beautiful book, perfect for gifts. It's beautifully illustrated with glossy material and whatnot.

    Butterfly Effect emphasize that no one in this world is insignificant, and whatever you do, matters and have lasting effects on your surrounding, whether you realize it or not.

    The book is loosely based on the 'Butterfly Effect' theory:

    The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with "what if" scenarios where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes.

    Butterfly Effect is a very good book. it tries to convince you that nobody is small, no matter how small they feel, and they're equally important as well.

    However, I could not fully appreciate the true beauty of this books because it used many American history examples. Non-Americans would not be able to appreciate and relate with those stories inside The Butterfly Effect.

    Good read? Recommended? Only to Americans. 2 stars out of 5 stars.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an advance reading as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    Not What I Was Expecting

    What is the butterfly effect? In essence it is the scientifically proven theory that one small event triggers another and so on until the end result is something far more significant or life changing. Two examples of the butterfly effect and how they changed the lives of billions of people are presented in The Butterfly Effect. The first is Chamberlain leading the battle at Gettysburg. Andrews states that because that battle was won, the South didn't win the war, the nation remained one nation which made it possible for the United States to be successful during WWII. The second example is the story of a couple of men who hybridized corn and wheat to grow well in arid climates. The chain of events, actions and people surrounding this scenario eventually lead to saving billions of lives through the grain grown. Yes, these historical stories are interesting and yes, I believe the actions of one individual can dramatically change the life of another. However, I do not believe in the power of self that this book promotes. Furthermore, I was waiting for the author to acknowledge the Source of these achievements. The recognition was not to be read which left me disappointed with the book. This ripple effect of events and situations involving humans is allowed by the grace of God and for the glory God, not the glory of one man. Andrews is correct, your life does matter. It matters because God created it to matter.

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