Monday, April 27, 2009

THE NOTICER by Andy Andrews

The Noticer is a GREAT book!
The character after whom the book is named - the Noticer - is a man named Jones, an otherworldly type of guy who shows up in people's lives with more knowledge than he should have about them. Even as they worry that this very old man who is a total stranger to them has their personal, intimate information, they find themselves drawn to him strongly. Everyone who meets the old man is eager to hear more of the words of wisdom he offers - wisdom that helps them make drastic changes in their lives just when they knew no hope was left. In the words of Jones himself: “I notice things about situations and people that produce perspective. That’s what most folks lack—perspective—a broader view. So I give them that broader view . . . and it allows them to regroup, take a breath, and begin their lives again.”

Andy Andrews, the author of The Noticer, also wrote The Traveler's Gift; I enjoyed The Noticer so much that I'm definitely planning to get his previous book!

The Noticer reminds me of a book by Jake Colsen called So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore, another book very worth reading. They both seem too simplistic in a way at first; they explain what seems obvious to apparently not-too-bright characters in the story. However, it's actually quite effective - upset people are people who need a new perspective on their situation and the man Jones in The Noticer makes it easy to accept. What seems at times obvious isn't necessarily so obvious when you think about it a little deeper and continue to consider it in light of one's own (as the reader) life situations.

Once again, this is a very worthwhile book in my opinion. You can take a look for yourself here:
The Noticer by Andy Andrews at

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