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The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  1,455 Ratings  ·  234 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 in th
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 29th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published August 1st 2010)
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Meghan Krogh
Mar 27, 2016 Meghan Krogh rated it did not like it
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
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. ...more
Nikole Hahn
Sep 07, 2010 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing
“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
Jun 21, 2012 Msladydeborah rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2013 Holly rated it liked it
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
Jun 11, 2012 Barb rated it it was ok
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
Anh Thư
Oct 29, 2015 Anh Thư marked it as to-read
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.
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Sep 07, 2010 Belindachaplin rated it it was amazing
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
Daniel Butcher
Sep 09, 2010 Daniel Butcher rated it liked it
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
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
Lenore Webb
Sep 28, 2010 Lenore Webb rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2010 writer... rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing
"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 ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Valerie rated it liked it
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
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
Sep 08, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
"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!
Michael Parker
Over Priced

Simple story. A good one but very very very sore. I think it would be decent for the publisher to make 2.99. The pages are illustrated with fancy backgrounds. So maybe the print version after a lecture would be worth full price. But as an e-book I feel wrong for buying it
Jan 14, 2011 Abbie rated it liked it
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
Don Gubler
Sep 28, 2016 Don Gubler rated it really liked it
A wonderful book. Worth reading just to remind us to keep trying, especially when we feel like we don't matter. We do.
Sep 07, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok
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
Lynn Dove
Sep 07, 2010 Lynn Dove rated it liked it
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
Jan 01, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
When I read the description of this book, I thought it sounded really neat. What an intriguing concept. I had heard of the Butterfly Effect, so far as it relates to the weather, but hadn’t actually considered how it can be applied to so many other things. To life in general. To every single action I take, to every single decision I make, to every single word I say. While a short, quick read, this book is very thought-provoking. It implores its readers to live a life of purpose, recognize that ...more
Chris Hyde
Sep 07, 2010 Chris Hyde rated it it was amazing
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
Natalie Manahan
Jun 05, 2012 Natalie Manahan rated it really liked it
My mom was going to give this (and another) book as a gift and asked if I would read them beforehand and give an opinion on the matter. I was a bit hesitant at first as I feared it would be incredibly long. Well, that and it's generally not my style to just sit down and try to plow through a book (unless it's for a school assignment that I'm behind on or is really long). I just usually feel weird when I read reviews that state how quickly a person polished off a book such as "I finished this ...more
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
Sep 07, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 16, 2010 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.” 19 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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