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5 Stars Out Of 5
April 27, 2009
Andy Andrews, author of The Traveler's Gift, has created another beautiful and challenging story. The Noticer is the story of a town that becomes influenced and changed by the wisdom of an older man named Jones. Jones is a drifter with perspective, a person who can offer insight to those around him and influence them for the better. Whether it's a down and out homeless man living under a bridge, or a suburban couple on the brink of divorce, Jones enables them to look at their circumstances from a different angle.I read this book in one night. I literally couldn't put it down. The Noticer challenged me, inspired me and spoke to my heart in a way that was refreshing and hopeful. It's one of those special books that rip at your gut and make you a better person for reading it.The Noticer covers issues we all deal with in some fashion. It is a thought-provoking, special read.At the back of the book there is a reader's guide with discussion questions to accompany each chapter. Beyond that, there is a project associated with the book that can only produce good results. You can view project information and participate in the project by "noticing" the people in your life your life who have encouraged you or made you a better person.We all have a Jones in our lives who says the right words at the right times and points us in the direction we need to go. These special people inspire us and open our eyes to our full potential. Without them our lives would have taken a turn for the worst. They are miracles and we owe them our gratitude.The Noticer is a lesson in perspective, but it's also a lesson in gratitude. It teaches people to notice the value of those around them and praise them for their impact on our lives. If we all lived with this mindset our world would be so wonderful.I highly recommend this book. Be sure to check out The Noticer Project too.
Some times, seemingly just at the right time, we meet a person who, in a few short words, changes our whole perspective on a life circumstance. In Andy Andrews newest book, The Noticer, there is one such character that looks for, notices, people who just need to see things from a different point of view. He finds a way to cleverly insert himself into their lives, caringly confronts them with questions, and helps them see the better way.Andy begins his story by sharing his own providential encounters with this stranger who self-describes his particular gift as noticing things. He had watched Andy, cared about Andy, discovered a way to help Andy, and then made it a point to meet Andy. Some strangers are heaven sent, or so it may seem. The story continues by introducing us to others who have met this peculiar, yet much loved man. Each person sees him, though, somewhat differently, but everyone grows to like him and is thankful for his unexpected and even uninvited entrance into their lives. No one really knows where he has come from, where he lives, what his real name is, or exactly how old he is. It doesnt really matter. He has taken the time to engage them in conversations that turned out to be welcomed incredible blessings in their lives.Though the reader is immediately captured by the stories of everyday people struggling almost helplessly with everyday kinds of issues, Andrews uses these real-to-life events as a skilled therapist, counseling each of us, the readers, as well. Wow, thats pretty good advice, I kept saying to myself chapter after chapter, story after story. I need to notice things around me in a manner that broadens my own perspectives in life. In fact, I just need to be more intentional about keeping a larger perspective in mind. In the end, the Noticer visited me through the pages of this fabulous book, and Im forever thankful for his words of counsel that have changed my life.
The Noticer is about gaining perspective in order to overcome challenges and ultimately obtain peace in the process. Narrated as a true story, this fictional account starts with one mans life changing revelations derived from a few brief encounters with a mysterious drifter. This beloved drifter then manages to capture the hearts of the town folk as he intrudes into one personal crisis after another, dispensing advice and wisdom, ultimately revealing a fresh perspective on each set of circumstances. While the underlying wisdom is valid - Evaluate your tough situation with a new perspective; consider your problems from the point of view of everyone involved in order to gain empathy I was annoyed by Andrews presentation of this wisdom. The drifter character is not believable to me, nor is the unexplainable way in which everyone with serious life problems accepts him into their lives, follows his advice, and turns their lives around in a few short paragraphs. The dialogue between characters is forced and awkward, as if conversations between people in small coastal towns follow scripted lines from a bad daytime television program. The Noticer has the potential to communicate a wonderful idea, but the fictional story is just too nonsensical to convey a powerful message. Note: I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program: http://brb.thomasnelson.com/