Friday, October 30, 2009

The Noticer

Could we change our lives, our very beings, by changing our perspective on our circumstances?

Jones, the old, grey-haired gentleman drifter carrying a well-worn brown suitcase has a very special gift:

He Notices.

His kind manner, to-the-point directness, and common sense wisdom give the folks of Orange Beach, Alabama, new hope. Jones says, “A grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person’s life.”

However, will the poverty-stricken man living under the pier, a couple whose marriage is failing, and the other hurting residents of this small coastal town embrace his wisdom?

“Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you’ll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is no growth on the top of a mountain. Sure the view is great, but what’s a view for? A view just gives us a glimpse of our next destination—our next target” (excerpt from The Noticer).

Jones sets his sights on several different people with not-so-different problems. All they need is a little perspective and old Jones to guide them along the way.

If you only read one book this year, make it The Noticer. It’s uplifting and inspirational, and unlike so many other books on the market today, this book will leave you feeling like there’s still hope left in this dog-eat-dog world.

I caught up with Andy Andrews and asked him about The Noticer. He says, “I was inspired [to write The Noticer] by the time I spent homeless as a young adult and a man named Jones (the first chapter of The Noticer is true). That time spent diligently searching for wisdom has become a lifelong process. Now my mission is to share what I have learned with others in story form.”

Andy didn’t only write a fiction story. When I asked him if he actually lives the “Jones” philosophy, he replied, “Absolutely! My time with him [Jones] impacted me in such a way that I have become a second generation noticer. I think most of us need a ‘Jones’ and can become one for other people.

“The message of The Noticer is that there are things that we can do to make us better parents, better spouses, better friends, and more successful in life. There are better choices we can make and huge hope to be gained with an open mind, a little reading, and some perspective.”

For more information on Andy Andrews or his books, visit his web site at You can also follow Andy on Twitter at

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