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Monday, April 27, 2009

The Noticer...Review

About the book:
A new story of common wisdom from the bestselling author of The Traveler's Gift.

Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people.  But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses.

Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.  An elderly man with white hair, of indiscriminate age and race, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and leather flip flops carrying a battered old suitcase, Jones is a unique soul.  Communicating what he calls "a little perspective," Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss.  "Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely," he says.  "Don't squander your words or your thoughts. Consider even the simplest action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure…and they matter forever."

Jones speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what we can do about it.

Like The Traveler's Gift, The Noticer is a unique narrative is a blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration.  Gifted storyteller Andy Andrews helps us see how becoming a "noticer" just might change a person's life forever.

A book that everyone, everywhere should read. Andy Andrews is a talented storyteller, and The Noticer is a terrific blend of fact, fiction and allegory. Much of the wisdom gained from reading is very familiar to the reader. But, when presented in a simple story about a kind old man and his ability to influence a community of people, that wisdom becomes new and inspiring.

"I am a noticer. I notice things that other people overlook. And you know, most of them are in plain sight...I notice things about situations and people that produce perspective. That's what most folks lack--perspective--a broader view. So I give them that broader view...and it allows them to regroup, take a breath, and begin their lives again.
" So an old man named Jones says to Andy, a young man down and out, who feels as if his life is over and his situation hopeless.

Jones is a kind old man who, through the simple act of listening and observing, shows the people of Orange Beach, Alabama, the way to changing their lives and situations. As is often the case, the situation or trial doesn't change right away, but the perspective and attitude of the person does, and that makes all the difference. Life is all about choices. Everything we do is a choice and every choice has a consequence, whether it's good or bad.

A beautiful story, easy to read and one you will return to, again and again.

Andy Andrews has started The Noticer Project, which is a worldwide movement to "notice" the five most influential people in your life, and to express appreciation for them. You can learn about The Noticer Project here. I urge you to check it out.

Special thanks to Andy Andrews and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Andy here. You can get your own copy of this gem here.

Read 4/09

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5/5 Stars


  1. I just read about this book on another blog and think it sounds really interesting! Thanks for the review!

  2. Your review got me to look more into this book and I added it to my TBR.

    You can read about it at my Friday Finds post here and link up to see all the other great Friday Finds meme posts, if you don't already.