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Butterfly in Brazil: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference [Paperback]

By Glenn Packiam (Author)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1414313292  
EAN  9781414313290  

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Widespread change must start somewhere. It must start locally. And it likely starts with you. In Butterfly in Brazil, Glenn Packiam commissions you to start locally for true and lasting change--only then can God take your efforts, build on them, and spread them throughout the world. Packiam explores the Butterfly Effect, theory which postulates that the flapping of the wings of a butterfly in Brazil could influence a change in wind patterns, which could influence another change, and yet another change. Eventually the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Brazil causes a storm in Oklahoma, illustrating that authentic change often occurs in small and unlikely ways. Glenn's engaging stories help you imagine the impact you can make by focusing on what God wants you to do in your family, your town, your community, your church, your friends and acquaintances. Butterfly in Brazil is an empowering call for action in the here and now.

Publishers Description
You want to be part of something extraordinary--something bigger than yourself. But how? Everyday life can seem so ordinary and small. Is it possible to live in a way that matters? Can we really change the world? According to the butterfly effect, small things can make a big impact. One life--your life--can make a world of difference. You can create lasting change when you begin small, act where you are, and stay faithful over the long haul. Glenn Packiam uses time-tested principles from Scripture and history to form a roadmap for changing your world, forever. "Butterfly in Brazil" is an empowering call for action--right here and right now.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Glenn Packiam is an Associate Worship Pastor and Director of New Life Worship at New Life Church. He was one of the founding worship leaders for the Desperation Band, and his worship songs are sung in churches all over the world. Glenn and his wife, Holly, and their daughters, Sophia and Norah, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Dream, and change the world!  Aug 18, 2008
A lot of kids grow up with a dream to change the world, but somewhere along the way they begin doubting that they really can make a big difference. Glenn Packiam believes that changing the world isn't just a dream but can become reality. In BUTTERFLY IN BRAZIL, he reminds readers that the little things we do can have an impact beyond our wildest imaginations.

Packiam shares from his own life growing up. The son of a Hindu who later converted to Christianity, he talks about the awkwardness that comes in crossing cultures. His self-deprecating style is funny and endearing. A graduate of Oral Roberts University, Packiam spent several years around students who felt they had a great destiny on their lives. Yet with the promise of greatness, he writes, "If we live each life as if it's a stepping-stone to greatness, we will find ourselves living each moment at half-speed." He argues that God wants us to act on our hearts today in the here and now and not wait for what may come. Significance doesn't happen somewhere else but here in the now.

Using the story of Nehemiah as a Biblical backbone for the book, Packiam points to an ordinary man who made an extraordinary difference through his leadership and commitment to rebuilding a wall. He highlights the struggles and triumphs of Nehemiah's journey and draws timeless inspiration from the classic Bible story.

Throughout the book, Packiam draws on oft-told stories from Christian history. He retells or shares lessons and famous quotes from the stories of Polycarp, Nate Saint and David Livingston, to name just a few. But his best writing and most engaging chapters come from his own life and the people he's known personally.

In a memorable chapter called "Testing Your Wings," Packiam recounts the story of Ben, a young man who was part of his church. The author talks about Ben's passion for the people of Nepal and how he eventually moved overseas to share the hope of God with those who didn't know him. He traveled to homes and schools, teaching English, music and theology to the Tibetan Christians. The journey was not easy. Several excerpts from Ben's journal reveal bouts with loneliness, sickness and isolation. Still, Ben was committed to loving people and fulfilling his calling. His life was cut short due to a motorcycle accident on the way back from visiting a remote group of people in the mountains. In response to Ben's commitment and sacrifice, a team of five young men and women followed in his footsteps and committed to going to Nepal and reaching that same group.

The core message of BUTTERFLY IN BRAZIL is simple: Be faithful with what you have. Be significant where you are. Don't give up. Love deeply, passionately and personally. But these are messages that we all need to be reminded of. And as demonstration of these principles, a portion of the proceeds of the book is being donated to World Relief, an organization that helps those in need around the world. So go ahead and dream. Yes, you still can change the world.

--- Reviewed by Margaret Oines
Good book for young adults, but overstated at points  Aug 29, 2007
This book is excellent in many ways, especially to help encourage but temper the radical enthusiasm of a generation that wants to change the world but can't be bothered to do the little things in life.

My only concern with the book is that it is overstated in some places. By trying to bring balance to common extremes, I feel that Packiam can go too far (i.e. In Chapter 10: Mono-purpose Rooms he promotes the importance of specialization to a dangerous extreme. It is not that great women and men have not shown themselves committed to more singular causes, but he failed to explore that almost all them found that focus in mid/later life, having essentially explored a broad diversity of experiences and options before.

By and large, though, the book is ideal for young Christians who want to see the world changed overnight and get discouraged when they fail to do so. Thumbs up.
Sage Advice to Those Set on Changing the World!  Jul 29, 2007
History is full of the narrative fallacy, our desire as humans to package well-known events and people into pithy, oversimplified stories. It makes sense for us to think that great things happen due to great people rather than ordinary people doing nothing more heroic than showing up to work every Monday; or that events are shaped by a few moments of incredible magnitude rather than a series of seemingly insignificant and otherwise dull sub steps. It is this weakness in human logic that Glenn Packiam takes aim at in his book "Butterfly in Brazil," stressing that greatness is not achieved by that "one moment in time," but rather over years of faithfulness in the small idea not too attractive in today's culture of instant success.

Packiam delves into this idea with precision, using the story of Nehemiah as an example of, "an ordinary man who ended up making an extraordinary difference." Showing how God has chosen to intertwine himself and His supernatural nature into our mannish and gritty lives, Packiam paints a clear picture of how we should go about living a life of lasting participants in a divine improv, not chained to a script, but nonetheless completely ineffective and awkward outside the director's basic framework.

Most of all this is a book about creating lasting change. His main points: 1) change is small 2) change is local 3) change is gradual 4) change is costly. He explains that while Christian culture often encourages its youth to change the world, "Trying to change the world is the surest way to guarantee that we won't." Instead Packiam encourages us to be faithful in the small things over a long period of time and as Jim Elliot so simply, but profoundly put it, "Wherever you are, be all there."
A life changing book - a must for every believer.  Jul 26, 2007
A great insight for every person. It encourages everyone to take small steps. It is not about who you are but believe in what you can do. It is a life changing, motivating and life giving book. It certainly changed my life and I know it will yours.
A must-read for today's Gen X-ers and Y-ers!  Jul 17, 2007
Packaim provides a riveting, hard-to-put-down commentary on life, which is spot-on for what the Church needs today. Similar to Dr. Dobson's "Life on the Edge", Packaim encourages youth and young adults to start changing the world now through their living out their Christian faith in the now, instead of waiting for some glorious moment down the road. This book is about integrity, purposeful living, & changing the world and is a good read for anyone wanting encouragement for their life's journey.

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