Monday, August 3, 2009

The Noticer by Andy Andrews

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 28, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0785229216

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.
My Review:
At first I was not sure whether this is a fiction or nonfiction book. Now I realize it is fiction. There is nothing new per say in the book. It is a collection of stories about people in a small beach town and the influence of a simple man name Jones. He is of medium toned skin wears the same outfit all the time and carries a battered suitcase. He appears at different times in people's lives when things are falling to pieces or not great and inspires them to better it. His big thing is PERSPECTIVE. I agree with him a lot of things are a matter of perspective. You can look for the bad or good in a situation. You find which ever one you are looking for bad or good. My favorite story is the beginning where Jones helps a young man living on the beach with no hope and inspires him through reading biographies of people who had things tougher than him who achieved great things. There are several one liners that make you think. The Noticer is a quick read but I am glad I finished it.

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