Monday, April 27, 2009

The Noticer by Andy Andrews

Recently I had the opportunity to read an amazing little book. The Noticer by Andy Andrews is scheduled for release today, but as a book review blogger for Thomas Nelson, I received an advanced copy. It is an easy read and difficult to dismiss. It is astonishingly simple and complex at the same time. This book came to me during a very personal and difficult time in my life (more on that in another post), and I’m truly grateful that it did.

This powerful little book is all about perspective. We all see the world, and our own specific situations, from our own limited perspective. And therein lies the problem – sometimes, oftentimes in fact, our perspective is off, and if we get a glimpse of perspective from a different angle, we can see things very differently. When we get a different perspective, we see beyond ourselves.

The Noticer shows us that we all make a difference. We all impact more people more people than we know. And we all can choose the type of impact we have. Things like kindness, consideration, respect, love and integrity go a long way in our lives and interactions with others. Consequently, so does meanness, laziness, selfishness, rudeness, and indifference. We have the opportunity every day, to better ourselves and the world around us, or not. We have the opportunity to become victors rather than victims. We have the opportunity to overcome our problems instead of letting our problems overcome us. It is all a matter of perspective.


The Noticer
Sometimes, All A Person Needs Is A Little Perspective
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.


In addition to the book, The Noticer Project is going on. Has someone made a difference in your life? Notice them by sending them a note, an e mail or going as public as noticing folks via your Facebook Page. Andy Andrews is also on Twitter where you can learn more about the book and project. To discover more information on The Noticer Project, click here.


  1. I love reading your book reviews. You give a wonderful review of the books which you read. You are open and honest and that is what I value most in your writings. Thank you Tracy for being such a wonderful person and for being honest in all that you do. You are a treasure. Blessings!

  2. I've seen this around the web lately. I've added to my reading list. Sounds good!