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The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters Hardcover – August 29, 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
EVERYBODY needs to read this! Don't think your life matters? Think again. Read this book.Published 4 days ago by Veronica Arnold
Mildly entertaining. Far from his best work, but still some interesting things to consider.Published 18 days ago by Ted Ziegenbusch
Everyone needs to read this little book. This little book makes great gifts for peoplePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book as a gift and before wrapping it up, I read it. What a great book. It is a compilation of a few stories that anyone can relate to and be encouraged. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Sandee K
A great story but I was expecting a book (for the price) not a story.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful book. I use them high school grad gifts to illustrate to young people how the way they live their lives affects the world. A short, easy read.Published 1 month ago by Linda Cornelio