Book Review: The Noticer by Andy Andrews

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The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy Andrews.  Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Noticer is a great story about a mysterious man named Jones. The story is set in a small town where Jones is about helping people with their lives’ perspectives.

I appreciated how the story moved along. It kept me wondering what will happen next. Since I grew up in a small town I really connected with the characters. I could really see and feel how they were connected and related to each other. As the story moved along it a picture of a small town really came into focus.

Jones is certainly a mystery. His gift for helping people with there problems by “noticing” is very interesting yet so simple. Many times it is the simple things that go unnoticed. As the story moves along it leaves the reader trying to anticipate how Jones’ will exercise of his gift next.

On the broad view of things

This book offers some very practical wisdom for our lives. The problems addressed are real problems that real people encounter. Many times it is a matter of perspective in our lives as we are responsible for our actions and reactions.

Narrowing things a bit

The reader should heed caution in what the book might offer as motivation for addressing certain problems. I will say a few things without giving away some of the book. My observation as a Christian is that gain for gains sake is loss. So, the motivation for correcting a character flaw should not come at the expense of others just so one can move ahead. The motivation for change should be to serve others not yourself.  Of course, the ultimate motivation and ability comes from Jesus.

Touching theology

The book is not written, as I can tell, from an explicit theological perspective.  God is mentioned only a few times, but only in general.  Jesus is mentioned once, but only in passing and to no significance.  The story of Jones in the author’s life is supposed to be somewhat true.  This leave the reader wonder just what or who Jones is.  By the end of the book I’m not exactly sure myself.  Is he an angel of some sort?  Does the author want us to believe that his real life experience with Jones was actually a supernatural interaction?  If so, then there may be some theological problems that need to be addressed.  It is safest to just read and enjoy the book for the fiction it is.

Overall

I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed in the ending.  As Marvin the Martian said, “Where’s the kaboom?”  The ‘suitcase’ offered no kaboom. (Read the book.) It just wasn’t there.  However, the book is an enjoyable read.  It is also, with the above cautions in mind, somewhat motivational.  As a Christian, I’m always looking for Jesus as the reason for my motivation and ability.  This is a a motivational book where Jesus is not present.  Yet, I understand that we are responsible for our actions, our life.  So, if you’re looking for a book that will help you see yourself from an outside perspective; and help re-think some areas of your life, this book offers some perspective in that area.

For what it’s worth…

Mark

P.s. There is a neat project that came out that goes along with this book.  It’s called The Noticer Project.  This project involves “noticing” the five most influential people in your life and writing a few sentences of appreciation to them.

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The above article was posted on April 27, 2009 by Mark Lamprecht.
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