January 18, 2016

Book Review: The Butterfly Effect


The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters, by Andy Andrews is a motivational gift book.

The author starts by sharing the story of the scientific law, commonly known as the butterfly effect, and how it is applied to human life.  Throughout this short book, several examples are expressed through various interlocking important events, based on the actions of numerous individuals' lives.  The main theme is discussed on pages four and five, "How significant is my life?  Do I make a difference?  When I move...when I act...when I do something...does the universe notice?  Do I really matter?"

This gift book is written similarly to a motivational speech, and it may easily be read aloud within twenty minutes.

The Butterfly Effect is an ideal coffee table book with colorful pictures and quite large font.  American readers, or those interested in American history, would be more inclined to enjoy and relate to this book, since Andrews focuses on the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his involvement during the American Civil War, as well as several other important American individuals.  However, on page 105, Andrews challenges all readers, despite nationality, to acknowledge that "You have been created in order that you might make a difference.  You have the power to change the world."  Hence, every action is vital, and on page 109, "Your life...and what you do with it today...matters forever."

Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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