Monday, April 27, 2009

The Noticer - Book Review


The Noticer

Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective.
Jacketed Hardcover
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.

My review:
This was my first time to read anything by Andy Andrews. I was tickled to see he is from Orange Beach. I like seeing local Alabama folk in print! Plus, I've spent a good bit of time at Orange Beach and it allowed me to visualize the scenes.

I think the publisher gives enough information about this book without my adding to it. It's another gem of a book filled with useful information about how to live life. All you need is a little perspective and Mr. Andrews shows, through a story, how to get that little bit of perspective.

The book is also launching a website, The Noticer Project. It's a worldwide movement to "notice" the five most influential people in your life. The site says:
The important thing is that by noticing those who have made a difference for you, you not only acknowledge their contribution, but you may gain a new perspective on your own life.
Who will you notice? What area of your life do you need perspective? Maybe you're a parent and you want to make sure your child(ren) have perspective. This is a good book to read and pass along or buy for other people. It's a book you can either devour and take your time to read so you don't miss the treasures of wisdom hidden. I started out devouring the book and then I slowed down because I wanted to savor the words I was reading.

Check out the book and check out the website. You'll be glad you did.

3 comments:

TCKK said...

Thanks for the heads up about this book. Sounds interesting.

goody said...

Does one ever think about an ideal family, an ideal marriage, an ideal boss?

Indeed, in Andy Andrews The Noticer, perspectives are gleaned. From thinking about an issue, the emphasis is in taking action, and the act itself. Of course, ideals lend themselves to gaining wisdom. I love his definition on WISDOM: ”The ability to see, into the future, the consequences of your choices in the present.” Wisdom is action. Indeed, wisdom is NOT just ideals but is in the doing, the "I deal" with life. The Noticer deals with life, and now I can too in at least 4 better ways from the perspectives of The Noticer.

robert said...

this book has opened my eyes on perspective thinkin not a book reader what so ever but im enlighten by the wonderful gift through a friend if you want to brighten yours and others lives read it you will take something with you that will last a life time and maybe bring some joy to you or yours enjoy your perspective Robert H