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The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,068 ratings  ·  296 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 i
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 29th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published August 1st 2010)
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Mar 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: xy, pers-dev
What's the textual equivalent of an eyeroll?
Nikole Hahn
Sep 07, 2010 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 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
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Aug 19, 2015 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. So ...more
May 15, 2013 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
Nov 01, 2010 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
Jun 11, 2012 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
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Although this book has such a beautiful cover and an inspiring message it is also one of the duh-types as this is one of those messages that has been over-preached if you will. For those who know history this will just be a repeat of what you know and for those who don't mind to think about the effects that we have on the world around us then may it help them to get some of their cells working.

The book basically offers to the reader the concept that would later become known unofficially as The
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Not quite what I thought it would be, but it had a good message. Very quick read. It would be a good book to discuss with children. The author has a picture book version for younger readers.
Sep 07, 2010 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 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
Lenore Webb
Sep 28, 2010 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
Valerie Dykstra
Aug 27, 2010 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
Sep 07, 2010 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 hybridi ...more
Sep 07, 2010 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
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 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 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 rated it it was amazing
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!
Sylvie Shires
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just re-read this little book and feel invigorated anew!
In a world bombarded by negativity, The Butterfly Effect is a powerful reminder that life has meaning and that each human being is a key player with an unforeseen potential for influence, not only on his/her immediate circle of family, friends, and other acquaintances, but also on a larger present, and even on the future.
Richly illustrated, this little volume (only 100-pages long, with short text on each) is easily read and gladly revis
Chip Atkinson
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who knew internet porn could be so interesting ?

It is a brilliant concept in reporting. Follow the consequences of people's actions without judgement. This time it is chiefly about the effect an internet guru, Fabian, with no direct connection to the porn industry, yet he has become its largest distributor. In the process, his companies have decimated the porn film industry, transferring all the wealth from its producers to himself.

Its impossible for me to feel sorry for the porn industry, and
Lynn Smith
My 3-star rating for this book is not due to the writing (I love Andy Andrews) but more because of the brevity of the book and the fact I've read the story before in a previous Andy Andrews book. The Amazon write-up said the book was 112 pages, but it's more like half of that. It is more like a coffee table book with only a few sentences on each page. If you would like to give someone an introduction to Andy Andrews, this would be a nice gift. You can read the book easily in probably 20 minutes ...more
Toby Brennen
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We have all heard ‘don’t sweat the small stuff.’ “The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters” by Andy Andrews provides a poignant insight into how the things we do have consequences, even when we don’t see them – and opens the thinking that there may be no small stuff. Andrews starts with the result of a historical event and traces back through decisions made, some generations past, to attempt to discover who ultimately deserves recognition.
Easy read, quick read – took me less than an hour – b
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This little book gives historical examples of how one action by one person forever altered the lives of generations to come. Our actions don't have to be big to have dramatic and unknown effects on those around us. A nice reminder that each of us matters, not only to our dear ones, but to everyone, everywhere.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Some neat historical stories about how one person’s actions can change everything. It’s a quick read. I can’t help but see it as a picture book for adults. The photos and language come off a bit “motivational poster.”
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really like the idea of the book: a flip of butterflies can cause a tornado at a thousand of miles away. Applied this idea into real life means that every life matters and even small acts of you today can make huge impacts on others in the future.

However the book only raises awareness about the idea but does not show any scientific evidence proving that theory. The rest of the book focuses on giving examples about the theory rather than proving it.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Katie Troyer
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, Inspiring short read.

A great, short read. It’s the perfect book to gift to young people who are at an impressionable age. Encouraging them to realize how important their life choices are and their potential impact on generations to come.
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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

“You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.” 29 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.” 2 likes
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