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The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,074 ratings  ·  174 reviews
The decisions you make and the way you treat others have more impact than you may ever realize.

Speaker and "New York Times" best-selling author Andy Andrews shares a compelling and powerful story about a decision one man made over a hundred years ago, and the ripple effect it s had on us individually, and nationwide, today. It s a story that will inspire courage and wisdom
ebook, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Nikole Hahn
“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.”

A n d y A n d r e w s

The book was an unexpected delight and at the same time unexpectedly short. I’m all ready wanting to buy this book for my nephew. It’s inspirational showing the effects of small, every day people who chose to do the right thing and in turn their actions saved lives in future generations. One man’s ac
One of my goals during this summer is to read books that a 100 pages or less. Achieving this goal lead me to select The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews.

This book starts out on a simple scientific theory that was once believed to be nonsense when it was first introduced.

The Butterfly Effect is a theory that contends that the motion of a butterflies wings while in flight has the power to eventually cause a hurricane. Please note that I am simplifying the theory because I try to avoid writing sp
I am sad to give this book only three stars, because the subject is something I really love to study and think about - this idea of the intricate choreography of human souls on earth, how our actions affect each other, and nothing is a coincidence - but I unfortunately feel that the message came across a little too theatrically for me in Mr. Andrews' treatment.

Of course the stories he mentions are true and accurate, and are no doubt inspiring examples of this idea, but because there seems to be
Lenore Webb
'Butterfly Effect' that Andy has also written. We do not always see that what we do will be the next step for someone else. I am sure you have seen it in your own life in one way or the other. Small things. Like growing up my mom woke me by saying "Morning Glory" to me each day. Of course, I said it to my own College Girl when she was a child. Now all three of us will sit on our porch and watch the Morning Glories grow and each share in the love we have passed from one to the other. Small but it ...more
This is a short book, basically a transcript of a story that author/speaker Andy Andrews tells during some of his motivational talks. It demonstrates the effect one life — one decision really — can have on hosts of people across time. By the end of the book, you understand Andy’s point — everything you do matters. Every move each of us makes will always have an effect on someone (even if that someone is ourselves), rippling into the future. Essentially, our lives have a unique purpose because no ...more
"The Butterfly Effect" repeatedly makes the point that what you do matters, not just today, but far into the future. Mr. Andrews illustrates this point with the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a Colonel in the Union Army. It was July 2, 1863, in Gettysburg, PA. Colonel Chamberlain and his men were attacked over and over and are down to almost nothing when he tells them to charge. The results of that charge are amazing! Then, there is the example of Norman Borlaugh and his work with hybridi ...more
Daniel Butcher
The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews in The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters asks the question, “Do I really matter?” Andrews answers the question by telling two stories. The first tale details the heroic efforts of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Chamberlain, a man who refused to do nothing, ordered a historic charge that allowed Union forces to win the battle, when a Confederate victory could have decisivel
exceptional historical examples of how one life can impact entire nations. the book's subtitle, *How Your Life Matters*, intimates the personal realities for readers. *The Butterfly Effect* inspires and challenges readers to consider the impact of their own lives and life choices.

historical figures of name and reknown are offered as primary means to support Andrews' premise, that our thoughts and actions result in rippling effects on others connected to us, known or unknown, and with far reachi
Andy Andrews book, The Butterfly Effect, is a lovely little book. It's a hard-cover book of 100 pages, all sporting lovely graphics or photos. Don't be mislead by my saying it's 100 pages. Each page only has one or two sentences. Very easily read in 10 minutes.

The back of the book says, "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."

That got me all stoked up and
The Butterfly Effect

The Boy Who Changed the World

Both of these books deal with Andy Andrew’s idea that every little thing we do matters; we never know the impact that we will have in the end. The butterfly effect is a part of chaos theory and in essence states that when a butterfly flaps their wings on this side of the world, it makes a tornado happen on the other side of the world. The butterfly doesn't cause the tornado per se, but without that flapping of the wings that particular tornado wo
Nandi Crawford
A little book with a couple of stories yet it reinforces the fact that everyone in this world has something of value to offer the world. The book starts with the fact that when one butterfly flap it's wings it sets the molecules in the air into motion causing more molecules to go into action and in effect cause a hurricane on the opposite side of the world. astounding. with that in mind, Mr Andrews asserts that everything we do in this world sets about a chain reaction for years to come. Case in ...more
I saw this and was curious about the story of the solitary Union solider who's actions at Gettysburg were credited with changing the fate of our nation. So, I thought I'd check it out.

This is an inspirational book (if you want to call it a book) I think of it more as a speech set into book format with a nice layout including photographs of antique effects and paraphernalia. It takes about fifteen minutes to read.

I like the premise of the book; everything you do matters, even the smallest thing
This book is a small coffee table book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Andrews gives historical examples of how one person changed history or changed someone's life who changed history.

The premise of the book is that everything we do matters. More importantly, every person who has lived on earth matters. When we are kind to one person or make a stand for a battle or ideal, we have the opportunity to impact humanity. We have no idea what our choices may do to impact the world around us
Sep 07, 2010 Tomi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tomi by: Booksneeze
The Butterfly Effect is a quick read. However, the message is clear - for every, single action there is a reaction.

The anecdotal stories contained within the 109 page book are inspirational and thought-provoking.

The story reads as a backwards time line showing how the actions of one person were influenced by the actions of another.

My Thoughts: Don't be fooled by the small size of this book, this book is to be savored. The thoughts contained within are deep. Sometimes we need a little reminder
Ted Gambles
My wife gave me this book to read. She had read it after being recommended to read it by our Stake President. It took me all of 15 minutes to read it.

In my life, I have often contemplated on what may have been if different choices were made. One that I have reflected on a lot was a choice made by my parents when I was a baby. Dad served his mission in Montana and the Dakotas. For part of his mission, he served in Dillon, Montana. He loved the area and the people. Shortly after I was born, he too
This is a little book (it won't take you more than 20mins to finish reading) with a strong message. Using the stories of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at the battle of Gettsburg and George Washington Carver, Andrews shows how the action of a single person can have a rippling effect on how events and situations turn out. It's a reminder to us that everything we do, matters. We should at all times take that step and make that move, as our smallest actions can have the biggest impact, even if we do n ...more
Wendy Hines

I think most of us have heard of the butterfly effect, where it's said that the beating of a butterfly's wings can stir air modules that will then stir other air modules and so on and so forth until you end up with a hurricane half way across the world.

This small book may be thin but it is packed with a powerful message. How Your Life Matters. The story unfolds about how one school teacher made a decision over a century ago that still affects our lives today.

It tells the story of other people's
"The Butterfly Effect" is an inspirational book for those who wonder, "Does my life matter?" It's gift-book style with slick pages, colorful interior, and full-color pictures (often only loosely related to the text).

The author first explained "the butterfly effect." Then he told the exciting story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlin who made a courageous choice on July 2, 1863 which was pivotal in American (and world) history. Then, to make sure his point was clear, the author told the story of someon
In this short inspirational narrative, Andrews reveals the momentous effect our seemingly insignificant actions can make in the world. Born with a purpose, each and every person has an impact on those people in which they come in contact. The scope of that impact may be unveiled in their lifetime or in future generations, but is never lost.

When an inexperienced thirty-four year old schoolteacher named Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain held firm his position on a hill in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Jul
Brenten Gilbert
and now onto the adult version of the tale… this one includes blood and gore and bayonets and bravery just this side of insanity… yes, The Butterfly Effect also shares the story of Norman who, by the way, developed a method of growing corn and wheat in disparate climates and remote locations during the 1940s, in the process saving as many as two billion people from starvation, but this book opens with a different premise…first a tale of science fiction turns proven science, then a tale from the ...more
From the book synopsis:

"Speaker and New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews shares a compelling and powerful story about a decision one man made over a hundred years ago, and the ripple effect it's had on us individually, and nationwide, today. It's a story that will inspire courage and wisdom in the decisions we make, as well as affect the way we treat others through our lifetime. Andrews speaks over 100 times a year, and The Butterfly Effect is his #1 most requested story."

The Law of S
Lynn Dove
The Butterfly Effect – How Your Life Matters
My first impression of “The Butterfly Effect” is that the book looks like it is designed to be read out loud to children. It has a hard cover and small, just right for little hands, but it is not a children’s book. Instead this is a book that is meant to encourage and inspire, a little book with a great message, namely that every single thing we do in our lives matters and we may not realize our impact on the world during our lifetime, but it may be fe
"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."

It's been said that the flapping of a butterfly's wings can cause anything from hurricanes to stock market falls. That's the premise author and speaker Andy Andrews presents to us in this book. Using examples from history, Andrews shows how the actions of one person can have a trickle-down effect throughout time.

I'll b
Annette Kerr
I am privileged to have received a review copy of this wonderful and inspiring book by New York Times best-selling author, and in-demand public speaker, Andy Andrews.

The Butterfly Effect is about the concept of permanent purpose, where every single human being has the ability to potentially change the course of billions of peoples’ lives, now and in the future. This book teaches us that every single action of ours matters. It’s powerful mind-blowing stuff!

The book is very inspiring, and its page
I received a complimentary copy of The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews to review. The Butterfly Effect is a short, inspirational story based on a very important lesson the author learned from his mentor; everything we do has meaning. Andy Andrews drives this point home by sharing a series of life stories that connect and find meaning within each other. One person can do something seemingly small, but end up indirectly affecting millions.

I don't usually like reading small, gift type books. I usu
There are times when I reflect on my life and wonder if the things that I do or say matter. When I read the title of this book my curiosity was piqued - my life does matter and here is a book to explain why. The Butterfly Effect is a compact gift book filled with beautiful pictures, large text, and encouraging words about the interconnectedness of our lives. Andy Andrews uses real life examples of some famous, and some not-so-famous people, to illustrate how the choices that we make have far rea ...more
Chris Hyde
The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews is a short, hardcover, gift-book. Though just a short 109 pages (most pages having just a few sentences), this book’s message packs a powerful punch!

Andrews states, “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.” That premise is woven throughout the book and proven with several stories from history that will blow your mind. You
My first impression: This is a beautiful gift book you could buy a teacher or a friend for a special occasion.

Andy Andrews begins the book by explaining how the topic came to him. As a homeless man, he had several inspiring conversations, all culminating in his revelations about The Butterfly Effect. The two discussed making every moment count equally. It doesn't make a difference who you interact with or what is said. Every single interaction weighs the same in the world. In addition, Mr. Andre
The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews is an inspirational examination of ripple effects that impact the world due to individual choices and everyday actions. Succinct text, stylish graphics and stirring examples from American history make this a good choice for a motivational gift.

Strengths: I was particularly pleased that this is not a ‘girly’ book and would make an appropriate gift for men (despite the word ‘butterfly’ in the title which I currently associate with princesses and the color pink
Stephanie Ziegler
I will admit that I have never been a fan of learning about the history of our nation. Textbooks in school were boring and I thought why are we focusing on the past and not present issues? So I did not learn much because I never paid any attention. Andy Andrews got my attention. First, he grabbed me by the beauty and simplicity of the book. The beautiful colors that compliment each other and the breathtaking landscapes caught my eye.

Second, the book starts with the sentence “Did you know that th
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~ Spoken at the request of four different U.S. Presidents

~ Every single minute a book by Andy Andrews is sold somewhere in the world!

~ New York Times Bestselling Author of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift

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“You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.” 8 likes
“A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air— eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.” 1 likes
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