The Boy Who Changed The World

September 7, 2010 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

The Boy Who Changed The World, by Andy Andrews, Illustrated by Philip Hurst.

This book review is for Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program.

Andy Andrews takes us on a journey through history of boys who have changed the world. This book explains the “butterfly effect” and shows how what one person does can effect another, and then another, and so on. The illustrations are amazing, and the story seems inspiring and fascinating… mostly.

One of the ending lines in this story is “Everything you do matters for everyone and for all time!” Sounds inspiring, right? But really… give me a break. Everything, everyone, for all time? Feeding my kids oatmeal for breakfast is going to change the world?

Yes, we need to encourage children to make a difference in this world, to impact the people around them by helping them and loving them. But let’s not inflate it. Not everyone will have a huge impact on everyone. And NOTHING we do will matter for eternity. The only person who did something of that gravity is Jesus Christ. Let’s not try and elevate anything that we do here, in this fleeting time we have on a finite planet, to that level.

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