Tuesday, September 7, 2010

“The Boy Who Changed the World” by Andy Andrews

“The Boy Who Changed the World” by Andy Andrews
                                                            Illustrated by Philip Hurst
 “The Boy Who Changed the World” by Andy Andrews is a children’s book about a young man who grows up to effect billions of people, and how one action or influence can build and lead to a greater thing.
I really enjoyed reading this book and the illustrations that go along with it were vivid and engaging. I also loved the message of the book that, “Everything you do matters.” How one seemingly small act can effect the world in generations to come.
The real test of whether this book was good or not, was when I asked my 10, 9  and 7 year old daughters to read this. They sat down and read it and then wanted to discuss it. Success! We were able to discuss the meaning book and how their decisions and actions today can effect others, even after we are gone. I love books that open discussions of how our actions are important, even the small ones. This book definitely will lead to good discussion with your children.
I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to expand their children’s book collection or give a gift of reading to a child. It is a very worthy read. 

“The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews


“The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews

The premise of this book is based on the theory that when a butterfly flaps its wings, it can trigger a hurricane across the world. How one seemingly small act can influence and change the world. Mr. Andrews tells two different stories in this book that if one decision was made differently, the whole world could have been changed.

I have to say that this book was first visually pleasing. The artwork and pictures interwoven throughout the text very much complimented the story being told.

This also was a very fast read. I was able to sit and read within 30 minutes.

Even more so though than being an easy read, this book has given me so much to think about and a challenge. A quote that has stuck with me since reading it is, “Every single thing you do matters.” It has shaped my view of how I go about my every day life. My interaction with my family and those who I cross paths with has become more meaningful. Because you truly do not know how one choice, one action can effect those in years to come.

I highly recommend this book. It is one that I will read more than once, and will share with my children. 

"Permission to Speak Freely" by Anne Jackson


I have to admit when the chance became available to review Anne Jackson's new book, I was very excited. I had read what the premise of the book was about and I was anxious to see if Ms. Jackson could deliver a book on conversations that need to be taking place in Church circles.

She most definitely did not disappoint.

I sat down and read the book on Saturday morning. Once the conversation started, I did not want it to end. The way Ms. Jackson writes is very engaging. The art dispersed through out the book was seamlessly worked in.

The thing I appreciated most about the book was the vulnerability with which Ms. Jackson writes, and with the truth. For me, as a Churched person, that struck a chord because it is not what I am accustomed to reading. Most books come with a story, redemption and then a 4-part step to make your life perfect. Life is not perfect, it is messy if we would all be honest with each other.

Ms. Jackson does not offer that perfect ending with a bow tied, like a present, into 4-step process. She simply starts a conversation with her story. Her story with all of its imperfections, hurts and still in progress.

I highly recommend this book for those who are conversation starters, or want a honest conversation started. This will encourage you to speak, and do it freely.