The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective  -     By: Andy Andrews
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The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective

Thomas Nelson / 2009 / Hardcover

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From the best-selling author of The Traveler's Gift comes an absorbing story of boundless hope! Struggling against poverty, personal failures, and lost dreams, the residents of Orange Beach, Alabama, believe their lives are meaningless. But when an old drifter mysteriously makes his way through town, he brings new perspective---and spots the miracle they're missing! Based on a true story. 167 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 167
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0785229213
ISBN-13: 9780785229216
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.

Homecoming Magazine Review

It’s been said before that many of us move through life with eyes wide shut. Indeed, as we go from day to day, endless lists of to do’s to endless lists of not to do’s, it’s dizzying how the smallest details of life can pass us by, unnoticed, unmissed and uncelebrated. It is this very phenomenon that prompted Andy Andrews’ latest work. With characteristic insight and expected tact, he delivers a story inspired by truth, that offers at once perspective, wisdom and a healthy dose of hope for tomorrow and yesterdays not forgotten.

In this small, emotion-packed book, Andrews takes readers to small-town Alabama, where the simplicities of life’s complications all seem to converge in a tidal wave of ordinary hopelessness. Yet, despite the entourage of despair, an unassuming, unpresumptuous package of encouragement and a fresh take on things arrives in a man called Jones. Through home-spun honesty and the kind of perspective that makes the mustiest corner smell fresh and clean again, Jones offers our characters a new take on life and a brighter view for the days ahead. For readers everywhere, The Noticer is the kind of read that bottles up the expectation of New Years, the excitement of a birthday and delivers it all in a hearty dose of literary refreshment.

Publisher's Weekly

Bestselling inspirational writer and speaker Andrews (The Traveler's Gift) again blends fiction, allegory and inspiration and seasons it with a dash of autobiography. The result is a readable little tale of a mysterious old man named Jones—”just Jones, no mister”—who shows up in the lives of people in crisis. Jones brings the gift of perspective—he “notices” alternative ways to think about things. Some of what he says is common sense: “yes, sir” works better than “I guess.” Some of what he says counters received wisdom: do sweat the small stuff, because little things can make a big difference as surely as brushstrokes make up a masterpiece. The narrator “Andy” is personable and appealing, and Jones is mysterious and brusque enough not to be a cloying Pollyanna. The title is awkward and not everyone likes motivational books, but many readers do. Andrews brings a track record, wordsmith skills and, best of all, an imagination. (Apr. 28) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Greensboro, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Noticer: A Different Perspective
    June 9, 2014
    RED Buddy
    Greensboro, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jones is a character with a different perspective. His story is documented by a young homeless man and others whose lives are changed by this strange little man. A great read for everyone. <><
  2. Houston
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    you will enjoy this
    November 7, 2013
    Neil
    Houston
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Noticer.
    An excellent quick read, ten chapters, 169 pages. The main character is an old man by the name of Jones. I soon realized the name of Jesus starts with a J and has 5 letters and so does Jones, and I am sure the author intended this connection. The plot line is what would it be like if Jesus should suddenly appear in human form to a person whose life was a mess and had an encounter with him/her and gave them a new perspective on life.

    It begins with a young man living under a pier with no prospect for a future. Jones gives him three library books that start his turn around. Ch 2 concerns a couple who have been married for 21 years and are still in love but are filing for divorce. Ch 3 involves understanding a persons love language from a fresh perspective. Ch 4 A middle aged man spends all chasing his dream that is now crashing in on him and he is thinking suicide. Ch 5 involves three young people in their dating years. How does one make a good choice for a life long mate? Jones helps them think right. Ch 6 involves an old lady who thinks there is no purpose left in her life. Jones shows her that many have had their most productive years after age 65.

    Ch 7 A man is too involved in his work and neglects his wife. He is also dishonest with others. Jones gets his attention by revealing that he is going to die soon. Ch 8 Jones appears a second time to this same man. Some times it takes more work to make things right. Ch 9 Andy, the same man from Ch 1 is included in this encounter with another young man under the same pier and simular circumstances. Ch 10 "Keep your fork...the best is yet to come!" is the message. The last section contains discussion questions. Throughout this book Jones appears and disappears suddenly and unexpectedly. He also speaks every language. You will enjoy this book.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A book that really makes you think.
    June 1, 2012
    Janice Erkfitz
    We loved this book. I do wish it shared more about the fact that God is the one that changes our preception and changes us.... it was still an excellent read. Made me think. And had some true wisdom.
  4. Keenesburg, Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great
    May 21, 2012
    MaShak
    Keenesburg, Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book. Andy is a great speaker and writer. You'll love his books.
  5. Rock Rapids, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic book on PERSPECTIVE
    January 9, 2012
    boxermom
    Rock Rapids, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have become an avid Andy Andrews reader, and this one was particularly special. I purchased it from 3 different internet sources for Christmas Gifts for family and friends, and Christianbook.com was the best value! Wish I would have found this site first!
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