The Noticer Hardcover – Apr 26 2009
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About the Author
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.
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The byline of this book is "Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective." I love that line. It's so true.
We begin this story being told the tale of the author, Andy, at a point in his life where he has lost both his mother and father and is feeling very alone in the world at the ripe old age of 23. He finds himself on the Gulf Coast with no home, car, or money. So he is doing odd jobs in the area such as cleaning fish on the piers or selling bait. He would steal into empty vacation homes in the hopes of finding open garages with an extra refrigerator or freezer for a stash of food for himself.
He then meets a gentleman named Jones. Not Mr. Jones, just Jones. At a point where Andy is feeling very abandoned and forsaken, Jones seems to float in and give some much needed advice and perspective. None of which Andy is particularly grateful for right away, but given time and thought about the insightful words, Andy comes to realize how desperately he needed a person like Jones, and what Jones described himself as - The Noticer.
Jones seems almost an omnipotent being as described by other townsfolk who have come to know the "old man" that most people knew as Jones. Becoming present only at the most opportune times for the variety of people throughout the area.
Jones never bills himself as a sage, a wizard, nothing like that. He simply said that his role in life was to notice the things that, so simply put, others failed to.Read more ›
The Noticer is an easy read, communicating basic principles and valuable life lessons. The author appears comfortable with dialogue, so much of the story is told in this way. However, the continual shift in point of view between first and third person is disorienting.
While the book was entertaining and positive, there were no new concepts. I didn''t laugh, I didn''t cry. I also found many of the illustrations were not original but rather a retelling of urban legends and uplifting stories like those found in so many email forwards.
However, we do need to notice and appreciate those who have made a difference in our lives. We need to remind each other of life-lessons we may have forgotten. The Noticer helps you do that. The narrative format makes it easier to digest these lessons for those who enjoy a story rather than a self-help book. It would make a good gift for a high school graduate.
I read and reviewed this book as a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program: [...]
The story begins with Andy as a young man meeting a mysterious person named Jones. Not Mr. Jones, just Jones. Andy, whose life had fallen apart as a young man, receives some much needed perspective which results in a transformed life. Fast forward a number of years and Andy has become a successful man. After many years away, Jones also reappears and introduces his special brand of perspective into a number of people's lives.
The reader is left with Jones' words not just as a part of some fictional person's experience but as a challenge to our own lives and lack of perspective. Andy Andrews offers an interesting and enjoyable book that has the potential to help many people who feel overwhelmed in life's chaos. While mentioning God and the Bible, the book is not pushy in its Christianity and non-Christians would enjoy the book as well. A highly enjoyable read.
A cold dark place under a bridge in the small community of Orange Beach, Alabama soon becomes a place of hope and light as Jones enters the scene. Jones is a rambling man, a drifter who comes and goes. Everyone knows him and no one knows him. He is known as Garcia, Chen, and Jones, he is both black and white as well as Hispanic and Asian all at the same time. Although Jones is a man of metamorphosis he is consistent in noticing the things around him and enabling others to change their point of view, leaving a trail of light and hope where ever he goes.
I expected to enjoy this book, and within the first chapter I was hooked. This story resonated in me. I actually had to tell myself to put it down, I had other things to do, but something inside of me wanted to keep reading. It is filled with inspiration and ideas. Although this novel is not a 'self help book' it will move you to make changes you perhaps thought were too big to do on your own. By putting your own life in perspective with these easy to implement ideas, you will come to realize how simple it can be and what a big difference a little change can make.
This book is an entertaining account of one man, whose life changed a community, and from this small community, it will go on to change a nation and the world. The story is a woven tapestry of fiction, allegory and inspiration. It is an easy to read tale of someone who has made a difference. Something each one of us, at one point, has wanted to do. This book summons us to make the changes necessary to do that.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a little change, even if it is just a change of perspective, or merely looking for a great read that will keep you turning the pages.
Most recent customer reviews
This book offers so many nuggets for life, it is truly inspiring. Whenever I have a new manager or supervisor join my team, it is the first book that I get them to read. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dennis
I enjoyed the stories, and it helped me realize how unobservant I am. It was a good read. Mr. Andrews is a good story teller.Published on Jan. 3 2014 by Ethel Penton
Initially I was expecting more of a story with character development and plot. There was little of that but it doesn't seem that the writer intended to tell a story but rather... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2013 by Lisa McCaffrey
Great read, loved the narrative and self development mix. If you're looking for a book similar to the style of the travellers gift with great lessons, you've found it.Published on Oct. 17 2013 by Jaredhumphrey
I loved this book and just couldn't put it down, I had to pace myself so that I didn't read it all in just a couple of days. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2013 by Mary-Lou Bird