The Butterfly Effect: Book Review

The Butterfly Effect
By Andy Andrews
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109 very short pages
About the Book 
Back cover blurb
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.

Why I Choose this Book 

Years ago one of our friends gave this book to my dad for his birthday. He enjoyed it so much that he bought multiple copies to give away. I’ve read this book several times over the years and have enjoyed it each time. 

What I Thought about the Book

Growing up our parents taught us that what we do matters and that even small decisions can affect others in huge ways. Our lives matter and what we do today not only makes a difference here and now, but can also start a chain reaction and who knows what the outcome will be? This book delves into that and the concept that “little” things can end up changing the world. 
The book is absolutely beautiful. It’s not the traditionally illustrated book, but each page has a different background and there are different fonts, sizes of letters even a few different colors of letters. It reminds me of a scrap book with how it’s put together. 
There’s not a lot of writing on each page, rather the words are used skillfully and coupled with the illustrations create a piece of artwork. 

There is a place in the book where every time I read it I get shivers. It’s inspiring and helps me remember that my life really does matter and I need to treat each moment with care. 

I am giving The Butterfly Effect Five Stars and recommend it to anyone. 

The Prize

Well, so I thought since it’s only two more days until the winner of the writing contest is announced, I should let y’all see what the prize is.
I’m really excited about it, because the prize is a book. And not just a ‘normal’ book, but one that has the ability to change the way you view life… And it’s a change for the better. Plus, it’s not long and boring. Instead it is rather short, extremely engaging and beautiful besides.
Oh, and if that isn’t enough, here’s something to make it even better. It’s written by one of my favorite authors. Y’all remember that on my dream list I want to meet a guy named Andy Andrews? Well, he’s the author of this incredible book.
And, with no further delay, I am proud to present to you:
Here’s a little bit of Andy Andrew’s Bio, taken from here.
I think you’ll agree with me that he sounds like a very amazing guy!
What could this one man possibly have to say that is important enough for the Commander of the Allied Air Forces to ask his help? Why did every senior leader the United States Air Force has in Europe and the Middle East recently assemble in one room at one time to hear him speak?

Who is this man, that he would walk the golf course with Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez as she played her last tournament as a touring professional? Why was he invited to spend an afternoon with General Norman Schwarzkopf and his son, who was about to depart for college? What would he be asked to discuss with a ninety-one-year-old Bob Hope alone by the swimming pool in the entertainer’s back yard?

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,’ Andy Andrews is an internationally known speaker and novelist whose combined works have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has been received at the White House and has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents.

Andrews’best-selling book, The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success, is an international sensation, remaining on the New York Times bestseller list for four and a half months and being translated into nearly twenty languages. Featured on ABC’s Good Morning America as a book-of-the-month selection, The Traveler’s Gift is the stunning story of one man’s search for meaning and success in life by traveling back into time and conversing with seven historic individuals. Its message of hope, faith, and perseverance is transforming thousands of lives worldwide every day, spawning a teen version, The Young Traveler’s Gift; The Traveler’s Gift Journal; a home study audio program, Timeless Wisdom from the Traveler; and life-study curriculum’s in high schools, mental-health organizations, and prisons nationwide.

Andrews lived a relatively normal life until the age of nineteen, when both his parents died, his mother from cancer, his father in an automobile accident. ‘I took a bad situation and made it much worse,’ Andrews says with a rueful smile, referring to choices he made during this tragic period of his life. Within a span of several years, the young man found himself literally homeless (before that was even a word!’ he says), sleeping occasionally under a pier on the gulf coast or in someone’s garage.

It was at that time when Andrews asked the question that would focus his search for what would ultimately affect millions of people. The question? ‘Is life just a lottery ticket, or are there choices one can make to direct his future?’ To find the answer, he first went to the library. There, over time, he read more than two hundred biographies of great men and women. How did they become the people they were? he wondered. Were they simply born this way? Or were there decisions made at critical junctures in their lives that led to such success? The young Andrews finally determined that there were seven characteristics that each person had in common. ‘What will happen,’ he mused, ‘if I study these seven common denominators and harness them in my own life?