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The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

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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
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ebook, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Meghan
Mar 27, 2016 Meghan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xy, pers-dev
What's the textual equivalent of an eyeroll?
Hessah Alhashash
شدني الاسم ! وانصدمت بالمحتوى :)) الكتاب فاضي .. صاحب الكتاب يريد ان يوصل رساله ان لك تأُير في هذه الحياة وبس
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Aug 19, 2015 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loathe
In the beginning, I liked the book and was enchanted by the story of the butterfly effect, the parable itself. But as the book went on and on I began to get more and more annoyed. I wanted to shout at the author,"Okay, I got it! Everything I do matters but what's new? I have been living that way from early childhood and please spare me your syrupy, fluffy, melodramatic, patriotic stories". I began enthusiastic but it wasn't long before I lost my fervor began to get ticked off with the author. So ...more
Nikole Hahn
Sep 07, 2010 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Msladydeborah
Jun 21, 2012 Msladydeborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Holly
May 15, 2013 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alicia
Nov 01, 2010 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
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
Barb
Jun 11, 2012 Barb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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Anh Thư
Oct 29, 2015 Anh Thư marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
hồi nãy đi nhà sách, đứng đọc ké đc tầm chục trang, mà ưng quá trời ưng. tiếc là lỡ mua mấy quyển kia nên k đủ tiền.
sang tuần nhất định phải rước về...
Belindachaplin
Sep 07, 2010 Belindachaplin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Lenore Webb
Sep 28, 2010 Lenore Webb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
'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
writer...
Sep 07, 2010 writer... rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Donna
Sep 07, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Valerie
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
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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
Nancy
Sep 08, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tomi
Sep 07, 2010 Tomi rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Caitlin
Jul 16, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: christian-novel
"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." ~Andy Andrews
I highly recommend this short and very inspiring book!
Audra
Jul 21, 2017 Audra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-empowerment
This was a nice book to read. It makes you think about what you want in life. The book is a motivational book to let you know that everyone in this world makes a difference and without one action, something else may not have happened. It is a short read, definitely a recommendation for anyone that needs a spiritual lift.
Dana Perkins
Jun 05, 2017 Dana Perkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every choice matters.

Just thinking that by implication even the choices we do not make have a ripple effect. The ripple effect can be both positive and negative. But the point of the author is very well taken.
Shanna
May 24, 2017 Shanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was based on short stories on how one event can change many event in history or in someones life. I probably would have given a higher rating because I loved the idea but it was just short thoughts on how events changed history. Was an interesting read and short.
Katie
Jul 20, 2017 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it. I liked the message it taught and the examples it gave. I liked how I felt engaged through the whole book. I liked the pictures and the stories.
The one thing I didn't like about it was that I felt that some of the information given about George Washington Carver wasn't entirely accurate. Other than that, I really liked it! I don't know why I took so long to pick it up.
Paul Caris
Feb 04, 2017 Paul Caris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reminder

Take 20 minutes and read this book right now. It will change your perspective and remind you that you aren't just a rat in a wheel, what you do has impact
Vivi
Jul 09, 2017 Vivi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick read. Nice to have on hand in my Kindle for (as needed) inspiration ! Thanks to Ann Stachura for the heads up! And I recommend this book to Kathy Keen who constantly gives inspiration.
Kerri
May 26, 2017 Kerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very short read; but powerful lesson.
Amy:)
Jun 22, 2017 Amy:) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Small but powerful

Anyone feeling down should read this book. It is short. It will take only minutes to read, but t it will fill you with a sense of power and purpose.
Nancy S
Jan 17, 2017 Nancy S rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty trite. I was hoping for some inspiration, but it just told me the same thing over and over - yeah, yeah, we are all important, and everything we do is important in some way.
Glenda
Jul 07, 2017 Glenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting and getting to know a bit of history, and why we do matters as well, so there's a portion of life lesson. A good read!
Melinda
Jul 03, 2017 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
SUPER short book that has so much potential, but essentially goes nowhere.
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~ Hailed by a New York Times writer as a "modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America."

~ 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.” 20 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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