Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Book Review: The Noticer by Andy Andrews

Book Description:
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 thoughts:
I have heard the best way to teach a lesson is with a story. Andy Andrews is one of the most gifted storytellers. Not only are you enjoying a great story, but you are learning a lesson to apply to your life.

The Noticer: Sometimes all a person needs is a little perspective covers such topics as hopelessness, problems in marriage, worry and fear, picking a life mate, feeling your life is over, having a successful life, and forgiveness and having the right perspective. These are all interwoven in the story of Jones, the "Noticer". How can all these topics be covered and still be a good book, you ask? Read it and find out for yourself. I don't think you will be disappointed.

On a side note: I really enjoyed The Noticer, but it did not beat out my most favorite Andy Andrews book, Island of the Saints. Island of the Saints is a story that teaches about forgiveness. This book was phenomenal. I also highly recommend The Traveler's Gift and The Lost Choice.


  1. I'm so happy I came back to see your review, will add both your recommendations to my TBR list.

    Have a great day.

  2. I read `The Noticer`.
    I look forward to reading `The Traveler's Gift`



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