The Noticer by Andy Andrews
“A moving 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 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.”
That’s what the canned description says. Here’s what I say….
I got this book because of the buzz from people I respect. I had read Andrews book “The Traveler’s Gift” and it is heavily highlighted and tabbed. I didn’t find myself highlighting as much of this book as making a “to do” list. There are great reminders of deep truths presented in simple settings. The foundational theme of the book is perspective, a reminder I found myself needing. While some of the material is a rehash of The Five Love Languages made popular by Smalley and Trent, the story presents them in characters rather than concepts. The Noticer is a fairly quick read but the message is on that lingers and bears re-reading annually. I have put it in my summer reading box for next year. See you then, Jones.