Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book Review: The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews is a small, attractive gift book with an uplifting message. Using biographical stories, Andrews shows how someone did something to change the world. Then he backtracks, showing how someone else influenced that first someone so that that person could change the world. Then he backtracks again, making the point that our smallest actions, like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings, can make a big impact, changing the world for better or for worse.

While I loved the look of the book and Andrews biographical choices and presentation, I noticed that the book left Something significant out. There’s no mention of God anywhere. Andrews gives all the glory to us. And though I know that God has given us free will, the ability to make good or bad choices, I also know that He is the One Who uses our actions, good or bad, to accomplish His purposes in this world. 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.” Yet, Who did the creating? For Whose purpose? And What is that power within? The answer to all those questions is God. He deserves the praise for creating and managing the butterfly effect.

Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending this book for my review.

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