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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (1 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404187804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404187801
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hailed by a New York Times reporter as "someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America," Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world's largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Vaughan on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews
Thomas Nelson / 9781404187801 /

Imagine a butterfly flapping its wings, setting molecules of air in motion, moving more molecules of air until on the other side of the planet, a hurricane is started. This is the butterfly effect. But this book speaks of individuals whose actions have changed the world for the better and because you have been created as one of a kind, every thing you do matters. You too can make a difference.
The message of this book is inspiring and the layout and production are beautifully presented, making it an acceptable gift to encourage a friend, but I wonder if the cost can be justified for a publication that can be read in less than 30 minutes. Perhaps a book to give to someone who doesn't normally read very much, or to place on a coffee table as a conversation starter. The content is good, but there is not enough of it!

Review by Margaret Vaughan who was given a complimentary copy of this book by Thomas Nelson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Omogbeja on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lots of people find it difficult if not impossible, to see the bigger picture about their current life's circumstances.Often times its little insects like the ants, and other invertebrates,such as Oysters and butterflies, that display some of their endearing wisdom for the discerning mind.
New York Times Best-selling author, Andy Andrew, has crafted a beautiful way of communicating these qualities to every aspiring leader in his latest book titled The Butterfly Effect!
The Butterfly Effect, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers comes across like a picture book for kiddies but it isn't. Rather, it is a small book with man-sized life nuggets!

From the insight into an unassuming but brave ordinary teacher, whose courage and discernment defied all odds with his depleted army,who risked death and defeat to take on the fire-power of an formidable enemy: without a single ammunition. This death-defying decision has secured the posterity of even the unborn American yet to come!

With the moving tales of both known and uncelebrated visionaries[George Washington Carver,& more], Andy keeps the reader's mind in suspense with every unfolding page like the magical motion of a butterfly's wings; with a continuum of endearing stories and how their actions have direct influence on ours today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Mills on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
In the Butterfly Effect, Andy Andrews aims to show his readers how their individual lives matter, and the effect they can have on the world. Each action can ripple out and have incredible consequences. He uses examples to show how one person's actions can cause an entire chain reaction of events. This is written in gift book style and is a very quick read.

Firstly I should note that this is an American book and is obviously written for an American audience, in a very American style, with American examples. Naturally this means I cannot as easily identify with it, as I am not American. This is an observation rather than a criticism, although it does give the book an exclusive feel - I was outside, looking in.

The idea behind the book is a positive one: an affirming message about how one life matters. However, I felt the book lacked something. Although showing how one action can effect so many other events, there was no sense of what kind of action - good or bad. There was no sense that we needed to make an effort to change the world, or impact the lives of others. 'Your life...and what you do with it today....MATTERS FOREVER' says Andrews. I was caught between 'Yikes! Really?!' and 'What, even hanging out the washing?' which I confess was very irreverent of me (and possibly very British, what with the 'hanging out the washing' thing).

The book is beautifully presented with high quality images. However, the way the book uses capitals and large fonts to make its point feels overdone, rather a lot of hyperbole, when sometimes a 'gentle whisper' can be more effective. When there are lots of capital letters, you get the impression the book is shouting at you. It also uses frequent ellipses (dot dot dot)...which I prefer to use sparingly...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. KEEL on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading the Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews and it didn't take me too long to do so.... In fact it's the first book that I've read for ages that has pictures in it and that made a refreshing change.

The book is designed to inspire the reader that their life can really make a difference, not only that but that their life can be one of permanent purpose. Andrews illustrates this point by using the theory of the butterfly effect to suggest that the very things we take for granted now are the result of people who have made amazing contributions to the world through their lives. The challenge is that we can all be those people. Even though the things we do know might seem menial or ineffectual they could have an influence beyond our imagination and because of this everything we do matters!

I loved this book mainly because I wasn't expecting to! I wondered whether it's content justified it's cost, but having read it know it I know that is something I will refer to many times in the future. I love the concept of the spiritual butterfly effect and would love to see the church grasp that we can ALL truly make a difference and that the difference starts now!

If I were going to be critical it would be only inasmuch as saying that I would have loved to have read a book that explored the theme further. Yet this book caught my attention, excited my mind and engaged more than one sense and as such is a great read that I would highly recommend to anyone, particularly those who perhaps need a burst of encouragement in their walk with God.
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181 of 190 people found the following review helpful
Everything you do, matters. 12 Aug. 2010
By Monty Rainey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I want to say up front, some people are going to be disappointed by this book, because they are going to measure it by volume, not by content. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT by Andy Andrews can be read cover to cover in fifteen minutes, but I have read 1,000 page tomes that did not contain a fraction of the message and meaning of this tiny book.

If you have seen Andy's DVD, The Seven Decisions, this is the same message Andy presents regarding the butterfly effect, specifically where he talks about the actions of Col. Chamberlin and Norman Borlaug. These are both incredible stories everyone should hear. I have used both of these stories to close training meetings and they are always met with tremendous emotion.

I want to take just a moment to place my own little spin on the butterfly effect. Things happen for a reason. God has a Divine plan that is beyond our comprehension. Have you ever known exactly where you were going but for some reason took a wrong turn? You've made this same journey 1,000 times but for some reason today, you weren't paying attention and turned left instead of right. What were you thinking?

Some people might slough this off as nothing, but I don't believe that. What if you had turned right as you always do? Perhaps by turning left, you avoided an accident and in that accident a young girl might have been injured or killed. Whose to say that young girl might have one day given birth to the person who someday cures cancer? By making a wrong turn, that tragedy was avoided.

Now Andy's message here is much more deliberate and is more centered on the importance of every action we take, or don't, but the concept is the same. Actions matter. Actions make a difference and sometimes a much greater difference than we will ever be aware of. The 2 minute conversation you have the annoying neighbor kid may be of greater importance than the speech you give in front of a room full of people.

Actions matter. If you want to under that concept better, read this little book.
103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
Quick Read 11 Aug. 2010
By H. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love to flip through gift books so I jumped at the chance to review another book for Thomas Nelson Publishers. The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews is a small, hardcover, coffee table style book with the reminder that every person, living, passed on, or yet to be born, has value. It's an interesting short story about the ripple effects of our actions. The author uses historical events to illustrate the fact that every life is meaningful, and often in ways that each person may never know in their lifetime. The fact that life matters and that no action, seemingly large or small, goes unnoticed by the universe is the recurring theme.
There are two quotes that I found particularly moving:
"Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world."
Who wouldn't feel inspired by that, right?
Here's a follow-up:
"Know that your actions cannot be hoarded, saved for later, or used selectively."
I found this book to be an inspiring and thought provoking read and it is a book I would feel comfortable giving as a gift.
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
How small decisions grow into life-changing events... 16 Aug. 2010
By Thomas Duff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Andy Andrews' book The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters is one of those small gift books that will take you about 10 minutes to read (if that), but that has an interesting message that will tweak your viewpoint on life. You've likely heard of the "butterfly effect", where it's said that the beating of a butterfly's wings can stir air modules that will stir other air modules, until you end up with a hurricane in China. While taking that scenario literally might be hard to accept, the underlying truth is valid... a small action taken at one point in time can ripple out and have enormous implications.

Andrews tells the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a college professor who was also a colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War. At the battle of Gettysburg, he was told that he had to hold the end of a 80,000 troop line strung out across miles. His platoon repelled a number of Confederate attacks, but attrition took its toll and they were without ammo (as well as most of the soldiers they started with). As the Confederate soldiers reformed for what would be the final attack, Chamberlain found out that all his commanding officers had been killed, and if he failed to hold the line, the Union Army would likely have to surrender or face mass slaughter. Faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, he ordered his ragtag band of soldiers to fix bayonets and charge. The Confederates, shocked at seeing an offensive being launched at them, figured the Union side must have been reinforced, and started to retreat. In short order, they ended up surrendering to Chamberlain, and he carried out his orders to hold the line.

Andrews then plays the "what if" scenarios out... what if Chamberlain had given up? Experts predict that if the Battle of Gettysburg had been lost, the Confederates would have won the war. America would have looked like Europe with a number of smaller, fragmented countries. America would not have existed to help stop the tyrants of World War 2 from overrunning Asia and Europe. And so on, and so on. All from the decision of one man standing on a brick wall, giving the order to charge in the face of overwhelming odds.

While you can make the argument that Andrews is looking only at the positive side of things, I think the fact remains that many small decisions can and do reverberate over time and have far-reaching effects. And if we live with that understanding and purpose in mind as Andrews suggests, our lives can take on a new sense of meaning and purpose.

If you've read other Andrews books in the past, you might have already heard this story (specifically, his book The Noticer). And if you're looking for something of substance to explore this idea further, The Butterfly Effect isn't it (it's only 109 pages and literally should take you no more than 10 minutes to read). But in terms of material for you to contemplate and implement into your life, The Butterfly Effect does deliver.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Small yet Powerful 27 Oct. 2010
By Phillip Coxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To be honest with you, I didn't really pay much attention when I requested this book, so I was a little shocked when I received it and saw just how short it was. I literally read through the entire thing in less than 20 minutes. Even though it was such a quick read, and I had already heard many of the stories it talks about before, it was a very inspirational book. It's one of those that you find on someone's coffee table, and after reading quickly through it you feel like you have a slightly different, and more hopeful outlook on life. Just like Andy's other books, this book will make you see things in ways you may not have considered before. It tells us that even though we may never be in the spotlight, the smallest things we do can have the biggest impact. That's what the butterfly effect is. To think that something as small as a butterfly could cause a hurricane seems impossible, but this book will make you reconsider the impossible. It'll be sitting on my coffee table from now on!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Butterfly Effect (by Andy Andrews) 7 Jan. 2010
By Tammie Tarrago - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Yet another AWESOME book from my favorite author Andy Andrews. I had the pleasure of meeting Andy years ago with my association with TIF and I continue to get inspiring thoughts and stories by reading his books and on Tweeter. The Butterfly Effect, although it is quick reading, has a huge impact on those that read it. Thanks Andy. If anyone wants to keep up with Andy and his inspiring thoughts, follow him on Tweeter, he'll keep a smile on your face daily.
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