Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

The Butterfly EffectAuthor: Andy AndrewsRating: Good
Reason for Reading: I received an advance copy of this book as part of the BookSneeze program through Thomas Nelson Publishers. The opinion below is my own and is not affected in any way by receiving this book for free. For more information, check out our Full Disclosure page.
Summary: The Butterfly Effect discusses the scientific theory-turned-fact that one action affects events all around the globe. Andrews starts with the scientific theory and then makes application through various figures in history. Seemingly insignificant people are involved in very important events and Andrews explains how that person's contribution helped to shape the world in which we live today.
Review:  Can a butterfly flap its wings and create a hurricane on the other side of the world? Andrews explains this thought and many associated with it in his book, The Butterfly Effect.
Andrews introduces readers to the humble beginnings of this seemingly ridiculous theory, and then shows how it rocked the scientific community. He takes the heart of the theory and, in a style completely his own, walks the reader through the annals of time and how one person at one moment "fluttered his wings" and affected the entire world. The great thing about this book isn't that we're taken down a dusty historical road and learn of one man's seemingly small contribution and how it affects us all today. The great thing about this book is how Andrews then introduces another man and how he changed the world, and how another person influenced that, and so on. Andrews draws the reader down a riveting and seemingly endless path of influential people who were only influential because they influenced another person who influenced someone else, etc.
In summary, this book is a must-read for EVERYONE. I was in tears by the end of the book. This book helped me realize that something seemingly insignificant that I do can and will affect the world for all time.
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