Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews
Perhaps for many, the expression, "the Butterfly Effect" is associated with modern day Hollywood movies. But, if you read Andy Andrews' new, full-color, pocket sized gift book, by Thomas Nelson publishers, you will learn that it is actually the name of an actual socio-scientific theory, first coined in 1963 which postulates that small actions, no matter how small or insignificant, have the ability to create larger scale, effects within time and space, far into the future. According to Andrews, this quasi- scientific principal can also be applied to society in general and to our own personal lives as well. Andrews shares a few historical examples of actual people whose actions had major effects even for our own lives to illustrate this. Within the pages, you will learn the story about the perseverance of a little- known soldier, how the actions and decisions of a single man- in the civil war- was instrumental in forming our nation as we know it today. Other examples include other historical figures and how their actions and connections impacted the world today as well. This beautifully made book and the holographic 3-d butterfly on the cover is sure to appeal to many readers. Perhaps some readers may lose interest in the drawn out depiction of the civil war soldier which takes up a third of the books pages or lose track of how exactly the historical figures are interconnected with eachother. Without going into details that may spoil the story for those yet to read it, I will say the significance in this book lies not in the words of the text, but in the fact that it acts as a catalyst to think about how we as individuals affect one another. I reccomend this book not simply for its words but rather for the message it has to deliver. This book will make the reader think how his or her actions and relationships will effect the future. Even the most mundane of associations, or seemingly insignificant decisions can have major effects on others and for the future as well. Pehaps each one of us can have his or own "Butterfly Effect" written for our lives as well. I recieved this book as a blogger for Thomas Neslson's booksneeze.com and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.