We all need to be noticed. And there are times where we can all benefit from a different perspective. It’s with these themes that Andy Andrews writes the awesome book, “The Noticer”.
Andrews tells the story of a man named Jones- not Mr. Jones, just Jones, who sweeps through a town changing lives by imparting a valuable change of perspective. Jones encounters different situations that have the opportunity to truly make or break a person’s life: divorce, poverty, an unsuccessful business; and easily and gently explains how that situation can be changed if the person’s perspective is changed.
This book is an easy read, yet a profound one. I found myself reading it very quickly, then uncovering a valuable lesson or thought, and going back to make sure that I completely understood and benefitted from the lesson.
While some books that encourage a change of perspective can be rather preachy or condescending, this one is not. It’s light and encouraging, providing useful advice in the same manner that a grandmother might provide over cookies and milk: you don’t feel as if you must adopt the advice, but it seems extremely beneficial and worthwhile to consider.
There are some religious/spiritual undertones in this book; however, it’s not an overwhelming undertone where one may feel as if they are being beat over the head with biblical principles. Additionally, I found a light reference to some other books that had small biblical references.
Did I enjoy this book: 100%! Would I recommend it to others: I would absolutely, without hesitation! I would especially recommend it to those who have struggled with overcoming some of the different situations life presents us (and I think that would be all of us). It’s not necessarily a book for children, but I would say that a mature young adult could enjoy and benefit from the story that Andy Andrews tells.
All that said- head out to get a copy of The Noticer- and maybe grab one for Mom for Mother’s Day as well. It won’t disappoint!