Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Book Review: The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews

'The Boy Who Changed The World' is a heart-warming tale written by Andy Andrews, about a boy by the name of Norman Borlaug, who had a desire to feed the hungry. But he could not have done it alone without the help of Vice President Henry Wallace, who in turn, was influenced by inventor George Washington Carver, who in turn was rescued by farmer Moses Carver.

It is a delightful read, easy to understand, and colorful. Children would love it. I am going to read it with my children.

Encouraging quotes from the book:
  1. ".....little things can make a big difference. Everything we do matters. Every action you take, even small things, can change the world.”
  2. "every choice you make, good or bad, can make a difference. I’m proud of you for making a good choice today. [Remember: not choosing is, in fact, a choice.]
  3. "God made your life so important that every move you make, every action you take, matters . . . and not only for you or the people around you. Everything."

Lessons I learned from this book:

1. Every big achievement starts with the seed of thought "What if...", "What would it be like....", "How can I......", etc. Never stop asking questions, never stop dreaming, for we will never know where our dreams will lead us to.

2. It only takes a spark to get the fire going. A chance encounter with someone may be God's appointment. These are our defining moments.

3. Never give up on your dreams. Be persistence. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

4. Our words are often more powerful than we can expect. Be generous to encourage, you will never know the impact that can make in someone's life.

5. Learn as much as you can, and enjoy the learning process. Make life long learning a habit. Knowledge is power.

6. Leverage your position of influence to advance the Kingdom of God. Be an influencer today wherever God has placed us in.

7. An act of kindness can go a long way.

8. Often when it happens, we are not able to see the "inter-connected"ness of our lives and actions with those around us. But like a interwoven tapestry, retrospectively we will see the beauty of God's achievements through us.

1. Norman Ernest Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009) was an American agronomist, humanitarian, and the Nobel laureate recipient in 1970. He received his PhD in plant pathology and deceloped the semi-dwarf, high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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