Release Date: First published April 16, 2009
Source: Library Borrow
Review Date: March 16, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
There are serious topics discussed between Jones and several others whom he interacts with. Like how to communicate with others. How to have honor and respect for yourself and others. How to be honest and forthright. How to remember that you have an direct and indirect impact on people in this world, and how they also have an impact on others. Last but not least, the power of attraction (similar to The Secret). There are a lot of heavy situations with each person that Jones helps, but again, all of the messages are welcome. Every person that Jones interacts with seems to absorb the knowledge that he offers with reverence, after some initial and short lived trepidation.
A lot of the the concepts in the story we have all heard before but possibly in different mediums. At times the book does seem a little bit repetitive, I contribute this to the author trying to increase the word count. It was a tad annoying, but not enough to change what I thought of the content of the story overall.
This book was a thoughtful and fast read. Even though this book is inspirational, it doesn't read as "preachy", which is a good thing. I can appreciate books like this because it delivers helpful insight to those who don't necessarily read self-help or self improvement books. I always say, it's all about the delivery, and The Noticer delivers a positive message to those that may not hear it otherwise.