Saturday, June 27, 2009
The Noticer by Andy Andrews
I'm still mulling over the messages in this book, and trying to figure out into which category it fits. Is it autobiographical or only written so it feels like it? I know the book has a cleverly written marketing plan attached to it (http://www.thenoticerproject.com/), but the book's message is different from the project. In the book, an older man, Jones or The Noticer, helps people see life from a different perspective. The idea behind the project is more a message of thanks to those who've made a positive difference. I suppose the idea behind both is to 'notice' the people around you and the events that brought you to your station in life. The book is filled with inspirational life lessons and advice leading the reader to ponder, "What does it mean to have a 'successful life'?
Gaining a new perspective on your life can be wonderful, but it doesn't mean simply looking at it in a new way can solve your problems. I'm afraid the book touted a simplistic solution. Jones advises people to read the biographies of successful people, yet fails to mention the Bible as a source of wisdom and encouragement.
As a Christian and because this book came from a 'Christian publisher,' I would have expected to see more emphasis on serving God, believing in Jesus, and allowing the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom for that 'new perspective' that is so blatantly preached throughout the book.
The Noticer is a quick read and delivers a positive, if clichéd message. I'm not sure your life will be changed significantly by reading this book, but you won't regret the leisurely read with pleasant characters.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 28, 2009)
To read a personal note written by Andy Andrews and sent to a reviewer in reponse to questions about The Noticer, visit Maria Keckler's blog at Writing to Serve.net. Reading Andy’s note might give you some insights about perspective. Click logo.