I recently received a copy of the Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews to review. It was a very short book, filled with a couple of interesting stories. The basis of the book is the idea that everything we do has an effect on many, sometimes thousands, sometimes millions, even billions of people. I've heard this concept before in the form of the "Ripple Effect", though it is a little different. Even though the book was only 58 pages, I found it difficult to stay engaged with the book. The initial story was centered around a battle during the civil war, and it really seemed to drag on and on. Then he went on to tell of the invention of a form of crop that thrives better, and how it came about, and all the people that were ultimately involved. This was a bit more interesting than the first story, and I eventually saw the point the author was making, but still found it hard to remain interested. All in all I would not say this book was "life changing" or anything like that, but does contain some interesting concepts.
I also recieved The Boy Who Changed the World, by Andy Andres. This is the children's version of The Butterfly Effect. I liked this one more than The Butterfly Effect. It basically told the story of the corn without all of the other stories in the other book. It is written for children, and I'd say it probably isn't appropriate for very very young children, but a good book for early elementary age kids. The message is much more clear in this book, in my opinion. The book goes through the people and how they touched each others' lives and how that affected the future. The illustrations in this book are also very good. I think I would consider buying this book as a gift for a child in my life.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com