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The Butterfly Effect

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Like ripples in a pond, every decision man makes has far reaching and unimaginable consequences. In his book, The Butterfly Effect, Andy Andrews illuminates the significance that a simple act of kindness can have in the course of human history. Andrews masterfully weaves a series of historical events, which until this telling seemed totally unrelated, into a powerful tale that will inspire everyone to be courageous and wise in the course of their otherwise ordinary lives.

A butterfly flapping its wings in South America can affect the weather conditions in Central Park. ~Edward Lorenz 1963

Andy Andrews’ ability to touch hearts and transform lives with his words, just as he did in The Noticer, challenges each of us to be more than the circumstances we find ourselves in. Ultimately, he brings the reader to the realization that every action and every decision matters.

I highly recommend this book. I believe that many people will be forever changed once the significance of the tale sinks in. How your life matters is subject to the consequences of each decision or action that spread out like ripples in a pond. The Butterfly Effect would also make an excellent gift.

God Bless America!

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Book Review: Fearless by Max Lucado

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In his new book Fearless, Max Lucado systematically takes on every form fear takes in our world today.  Though the pages are filled with the very real worries ordinary people face this book is all about the hope we find as followers of Christ.

Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him.  A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat. (Matt 8:23-24 NCV)

In his down to earth style, Max vocalizes the thoughts running through the minds of many who finally realize that being a follower of Christ doesn’t guarantee a life without turmoil.

Wouldn’t you hope for a more chipper second sentence, a happier consequence of obedience?

There are storms in this life, that is a given, but the message that Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid is clear.  Max Lucado uses biblical passages to give substance to Jesus’ message to “fear not.”

Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph.  Yes, life stinks.  But, it won’t forever.  As one of my friends likes to say, “Everything will work out in the end.  If its not working out, its not the end.”

Having Christ’s perspective gives that solid rock on which to build a life of freedom from the gloom that can easily overtake and paralyze its victims.  The circumstances we all face today can make even the bravest of us all succumb to fear.  It’s nice to know that Jesus is with us every step of the way.  I strongly recommend to everyone, whether or not you live in fear, to let the light of hope shine through the pages of Fearless.

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