In the middle of wiping noses and bottoms, making meal after meal, and cleaning up the same messes over and over again, I get a little discouraged sometimes. I start to wonder, “Is this really worth it? Am I really doing something important?” When I focus my attention back on God and begin to read His Word, I find His answers, grace, and peace for my questions! I believe wholeheartedly it is worth it, and God desires me to be faithful in the big and SMALL things. It’s challenging to remember some days! I always go back to the Bible first, but this little book inspired me today.
The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews is a small gift book with a big message: What you do matters. Tracing the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, we find that our whole world would be a much different place if he had chosen a different reaction to his circumstances. The story of Norman Borlaug is included as well (although I do like the retelling of his life story better in the kid’s version).
This is a beautifully illustrated and inspirational book. Pull this one out when you need a reminder that your life matters. It inspired me to remember that, at any given moment, a choice I make could change the world. It’s amazing to consider, but generations are impacted by the lives we lead today.
My favorite part of the book was actually in the author’s notes at the beginning. I love this quote by a man Andy Andrews just names as Jones: “With a little perspective, you can live a life of permanent purpose.”
This book was provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest, non-biased review.