Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Noticer

Homeless. Jobless. Depressed. Lonely. The Noticer by Andy Andrews starts out with a young man (Andy) who is in such a state. As he tearfully contemplates his position one evening, he is joined by a mysterious older man who leaves him with some advice and three books. To borrow a cliche, that was the first night of the rest of his life. Over the course of the next few decades, this stranger, known as Jones, appears several more times to help Andy and others in their town. He comes with a listening ear and thoughtful, perspective changing words. The book ends with Jones leaving a visible reminder of all that he has taught them over the years.
I believe this book is not so unique and unusual in today's market. It feeds to the idea that everyone wants to have a tangable experience with the supernatural. Most people would like to have someone in their life who could give them insight (or perspective), instruction how to live. The book itself is encouraging and presents some very good points. I will most likely read it again, not just for the story, but for the perspectives presented. Andrews, in writing this book, presents himself, in a fashion, as a "Jones" to his readers. It remains to be seen if his words are as effective.
I read this as part of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger Program.

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