Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

The Boy Who Changed the World is a wonderful tale of 5 different men in history who, by doing one small or simple thing (or by making one small or simple choice/decision), were able to change the world in a big way. 

The book was short enough that my 3 yr old daughter sat on my lap and allowed me to read it to her and it kept her attention.  I doubt that she understood it, but she enjoyed listening to the book while the attractive illustrations kept her focused. 

The Boy Who Changed the World is a wonderful book for children in the second/third grade and up.  I believe my third grader would actually understand that HE could make a difference by one small kindness to a stranger or a friend.  It would be a wonderful gift or book to use in Children's ministry.  It also makes a great companion for a family that is reading The Butterfly Effect.

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

"By your hand, millions -- billions-- of lives will be altered, caught up in a chain of
events begun by you this day." ~ Andy Andrews in The Butterfly Effect

What!?  That's what I thought upon first reading and begin to digest this book. Then it became clear... it is a true statement.  What you or I might do today has an affect on our families, on our neighbors and friends, but down the line it will affect millions of people.  Amazing isn't it? 

Through this simple little book Andy Andrews lays out a story line that carries from George Washington Carver (and before) and connects all the way up to present day about how one choice, one action changed America and our life forever. 

Pick up this book... share it with your friends and family, and take from it that each little or big thing you do, each decision you make has an everlasting effect, whether it be small or HUGE.  It makes a great gift book for youth and adults alike!

Author Info:

Andy Andrews  is an internationally known speaker and author of The Traveler's Gift and The Noticer.  He teaches life-changing principles and the power they can have in your day-to-day life.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan

The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan is about a young woman, in the 1930s, who leaves the life she has always known on the banks of Bittersweet Creek to find a new life in Bay City. Mercy is the daughter of a traveling preacher and a mother who has visions of Biblibal proportions. The people of Bittersweet are poor, but closely knit as a family can be. It would be easy to get stuck the life that is Bittersweet. Mercy's Aunt Ida pushes her to try life outside of Bittersweet and Mercy becomes "Doc's Girl." As Doc's Girl, Mercy does whatever the publisher and editor of the Bay City newspaper tells her to do. Mercy is content with her life until Doc shares a secret that's big. How will the secret change their lives? What choices will she have to make and how will that affect those she loves?

River Jordan is an AMAZING writer! This is the second of her books that I have read (Saints in Limbo being the first) by River Jordan and her writing just draws me in and paints such pictures in my mind that I can't help continuing to read. It's poetry... and timeless.

Author Bio:
RIVER JORDAN began her writing career as a playwright with the Loblolly Theatre group. She teaches and speaks nationwide on ‘The Power of Story’, is a monthly contributor to the southern authors’ collective A Good Blog is Hard To Find, and produces and hosts the weekly radio program CLEARSTORY with River Jordan, in Nashville, where she and her husband live. She is the author of Saints in Limbo and this is her fourth novel.