Synopses & Reviews
A new 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 like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach 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, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses.
Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. An elderly man with white hair, of indiscriminate age and race, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and leather flip flops carrying a battered old suitcase, Jones is a unique soul. Communicating what he calls "a little perspective," Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. "Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely," he says. "Don't squander your words or your thoughts. Consider even the simplest action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure...and they matter forever."
Jones speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what we can do about it.
Like The Traveler's Gift, The Noticer is a unique narrative is a blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Gifted storyteller Andy Andrews helps us see how becoming a "noticer" just might change a person's life forever.
"Bestselling inspirational writer and speaker Andrews (The Traveler's Gift) again blends fiction, allegory and inspiration and seasons it with a dash of autobiography. The result is a readable little tale of a mysterious old man named Jones 'just Jones, no mister' who shows up in the lives of people in crisis. Jones brings the gift of perspective he 'notices' alternative ways to think about things. Some of what he says is common sense: 'yes, sir' works better than 'I guess.' Some of what he says counters received wisdom: do sweat the small stuff, because little things can make a big difference as surely as brushstrokes make up a masterpiece. The narrator 'Andy' is personable and appealing, and Jones is mysterious and brusque enough not to be a cloying Pollyanna. The title is awkward and not everyone likes motivational books, but many readers do. Andrews brings a track record, wordsmith skills and, best of all, an imagination." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When things look the darkest in Orange Beach, Alabama, a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up to communicate what he calls "a little perspective." "The Noticer" is a unique narrative blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration.
When a small Alabama community is overwhelmed by such challenges as rising divorce rates, disillusioned young people, and failing businesses, a mysterious older man named Jones arrives and imparts his gift of noticing small details that bring meaning and renewal into difficult situations.