Monday, April 27, 2009

The Noticer by Andy Andrews - REVIEWED

Book Description

A moving 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 they all 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, and many of the other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses.

Fortunately, when things look the darkest – a mysterious old man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. Communicating what he calls “a little perspective,” Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. In his simple interactions, Jones speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what they can do about it.

Based on a remarkable true story, The Noticer beautifully blends fiction, allegory, and inspiration.

The Noticer is a book that has given to me the same thing the main character – Jones – gave to everyone he met…new perspective. I feel as though my heart and mind have been refreshed with hope, yea, even purpose, and I have a deep sense of gratitude toward both the author and the publisher for making it possible to read such a book. The Lord has given Andy Andrews a message to share that many need to hear, and he has been faithful to use his unique, creative voice to pen a very powerful book.

Like the people Jones encounters in the story, I have lived my entire life very aware of the pressure to “succeed” in life. My definition of that success is mirrored in the lives of the story characters – a good education, a nice home, a healthy bank account and time to enjoy the leisure activities of my choice. By those standards, I have failed almost completely. However, if I change my perspective, I am quite probably one of the richest people I know. I do have a family of my own, and we enjoy our lives together in very meaningful ways right in our own home. Well, the home is rented, but its location is in a beautiful rural setting that provides opportunities to hunt, fish, garden and hike unlike most of the nice suburban homes owned by my friends and co-workers.

So, what is The Noticer about? It is about counting your blessings, encouraging others, not giving up when life’s difficulties arise, and noticing the things that make life truly worthwhile. In short, this story – this personal narrative from a man whose life was changed – is a gift of a book that will touch hearts and change lives. This book will give all who read it new perspective on life itself. What lies ahead? Hope. Why? Because THE NOTICER – our Lord and Savior - is busy touching lives and changing hearts, and He still makes life richer and more satisfying than any of us could ever hope or dream.

I would encourage everyone to take the time to read this book. Give it as a gift to someone who is struggling. But most importantly, I would encourage everyone to BE a noticer...encourage those around you, and point them toward the Savior. Life is rich...enjoy it! Visit Thomas Nelson's website to learn more about this great book!

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