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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The Butterfly Effect
The concept of the story is that even the small seeming insignificant things that we do in our life can have a huge impact on others, either directly or indirectly. Andrews illustrates this with the story of Norman Borlaug, nobel prize winner for hybridizing corn, wheat and rice to grow in arid climates. This led to an estimated 2 billion people being saved from starvation because they could now grow crops. However, if you go back a little bit Andrews shows you that perhaps we should give the credit to the VP who instituted the program that hired Borlaug to research a way to do this, or perhaps we should give credit to the young man who fostered in the VP a love and respect for plant life and taught him that plants can save lives. Or maybe we should give credit to the family that sacrificed to save the life of the young man who taught the VP who hired Borlaug who saved starving people from death. Or maybe.....
This book also includes the story of how a teacher in a small town and his determination to do what he was asked to do created the country we have today. Historians say that without this one mans actions, our country and even our world would look entirely different! However, you probably don't even know this mans name or what he did.
This had been a standard part of Andrews speaking engagements. He had received so many requests for the stories that he has put them in this book.
This is printed in gift book format with beautiful illustrations. I think it would be a wonderful gift to give to a dear friend and have plans to do so in the future. Andrews writing style has always been among my favorites and this book doesn't disappoint. The book also comes with a web address to view Andrews talking live about the stories covered in this book.
The only drawback to this book is that the story is already available on youtube in it's entirety. If you are wanting to read the book for yourself only then search it out. However, if you are looking for a wonderful reminder gift of just how important our actions are to others and the world around us, then this is the book for you!
This is also available in a children's version under the title The Boy who Changed the World.
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