Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Book Review: The Butterfly Effect

"A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, inturn moving more molecules of air--eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet."


This is the premise of The Butterfly Effect:  that everything we do has a dramatic effect on the future.

Bestselling author and motivational speaker Andy Andrews demonstrates this principle by highlighting singular, pivotal decisions by men such as Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a Colonel in the Union Army during the Battle of Gettysburg.  Andrews asserts that Chamberlain is a dramatic human example of the butterfly effect, one man who made one move whose effects still ripple through our lives today.

Andrews also gives compelling examples of men such as Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, and George Washington Carver. 

A short gift-style book (I read it in about 15 minutes), The Butterfly Effect certainly falls under the umbrella of both inspirational and motivational.  It's an interesting and nice enough read, although it's not a Biblically-based book by any means.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.