The Noticer

by | Apr 24, 2009 | Culture

The NoticerBy Andy Andrews | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 176 pages | $17.99

Andy Andrews, best-selling author of The Traveler’s Gift, provides a timeless lesson on perspective in his latest release, The Noticer. Part allegorical, part autobiographic, part fiction—but all charm and insight—Andrews’ parable reminds readers that we need to look at situations with fresh eyes. Everyone can get wrapped up in their own problems, circumstances and way of doing things from time to time, but a little bit of perspective can change everything. 

The people of Orange Beach, Alabama, are just like everyone else. They face struggling marriages, financial difficulties, loneliness, unfulfillment and a host of other issues. But a special man is in town. Jones, as he prefers to be called, is a simple guy with his signature blue jeans, white T-shirt, leather flip-flops and old suitcase. But he’s also an enigma, as proven by his frequent appearances out of nowhere and his omniscient-like knowledge of people’s private lives. Jones just says he notices what others miss. He simply offers his friendship … and a little perspective. Others wonder just who this man is.

As the story progresses, the mysterious Jones helps a young man get on the right track for life. Another couple’s marriage is saved as he helps each spouse walk a mile in the other spouse’s shoe. A widow is encouraged to know her life has made a difference. An unethical young businessman realizes how to make things right after Jones befriends and confronts him. While Jones is “best friends” with every character in the book, readers will undoubtedly wish he were real.

Andrew tells the story at a good pace, and readers will stay intrigued and wish the book would never end. Although The Noticer is a simple, quick read, the message certainly isn’t.

Click here to purchase Andy Andrews’ latest book.

 

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