I’ve got a lot of books to talk about this week, some due to agreements on specific dates and some simply because i finished them recently… today are two inspirational books from Andy Andrews… i reviewed The Noticer a while back and was pretty impressed by his way with words… the following two books, The Boy Who Changed the World and The Butterfly Effect are variations of the same theme – that our decisions and actions make a difference in the grand scheme of things – but they’re intended for different audiences… anyway, enough chit-chat… off we go…

now playing: Butterfly Sessions by Sivion

The Boy Who Changed the World

This is the kid’s version of the story… by the way, i believe the story was at least referenced in The Noticer, but i could’ve been familiar with it from somewhere else… Anyway, the story is, as expected, about a boy who changed the world… Norman Borlaug to be exact… maybe… i read this to the littles and they both really enjoyed the story – not sure how much of the message came through, but they laughed everytime the opening sentence repeated… “I want to tell you about the boy who changed the world.”

you see, the story repeats somewhat as Andrews explains the story of the boy who influenced the boy who changed the world… and, because of this influence, the title is passed to the previous generation… Norman changed the world, but Henry changed Norman, so Henry changed the world (and so on and so forth)… the overall point is that everyone is important and every decision you make, or action you take, has a greater effect on the world at large, than you could ever imagine… the boys loved this book and the illustrations are imaginative and immersive (even on the small screen of my iPod touch)… i definitely recommend this book to provide young ones some perspective on life in a fun and enjoyable way…

The Butterfly Effect

and now onto the adult version of the tale… this one includes blood and gore and bayonets and bravery just this side of insanity… yes, The Butterfly Effect also shares the story of Norman who, by the way, developed a method of growing corn and wheat in disparate climates and remote locations during the 1940s, in the process saving as many as two billion people from starvation, but this book opens with a different premise…first a tale of science fiction turns proven science, then a tale from the Civil War… the tale of Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the Union Army and a bold stand on the outskirts of Gettysburg…

The lineage of his decision’s effect is traced through history as is that of Norman Borlaug and once again, the reader is faced with the bold statement, Everything you do in life is important… every choice you make affects generations to come… (especially if you happen to follow the lineage of Borlaug or Chamberlain, which probably makes Kevin Bacon and his six degrees of seperation from everyone incredibly important in the grand scheme of things)… anyway, it’s an interesting perspective, presented in an intriguing light… the illustrations are, again, stunning, and it’s a quick, but inspiring read…

both of these books are available pretty much everywhere, including my seasonal reading list on Amazon.com… later this week, i’ll be discussing more books (and other things too, but this is all about books)… i finished reading books by Matthew Paul Turner, Ted DeKker, Lewis Carroll, and on Friday, i’ll talk about the latest release from Max Lucado… which i’m reading now and have a lot of ground to make up to be ready in time… until then…

peace… love… bdg…