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Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Review - The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

In 1963, Edward Lorenz made a presentation to the New York Academy of Sciences and was literally laughed out of the room. His theory, called the butterfly effect, stated that a butterfly could flap its wings and set air molecules in motion that, in turn, would move other air molecules–which would then move additional air molecules–eventually becoming able to influence weather patterns on the other side of the planet. For years this theory remained an interesting myth. In the mid 1990s, however, physics professors from several universities, working in tandem, proved that the butterfly effect was accurate, viable, and worked every time.

Andy Andrews weaves a story based on scientific principles that helps us focus on the impact that we have on others - which Andrews calls the Butterfly Effect.  Originally written as a book for the prevention of suicide, this book has become a runaway success with broad application.

This is a quick read, just over 100 pages.  It is a great gift, particularly to someone who has impacted your life.  The publisher is Thomas Nelson.

Andy uses examples from history where one action by one individual has impacted millions in later generations.  Andy says, "There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted & shaped by the moves and actions you take today."

Since we just came through the Christmas season, many of you will remember the story of George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life, where George saw what would have happened if he hadn't been born.  This book may make you think along the same lines. 

You do matter.  More than you know.

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