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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

review: The Noticer Returns

The Noticer Returns
The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective and Sometimes Perspective Finds You

By: Andy Andrews

Book Description:
Perspective is a powerful thing.

Andy Andrews has spent the past five years doing a double take at every white-haired old man he sees, hoping to have just one more conversation with the person to whom he owes his life.
Through a chance encounter at a local bookstore, Andy is reunited with the man who changed everything for him – Jones, also known as “The Noticer.”

As the story unfolds, Jones uses his unique talent of noticing little things that make a big difference. And these “little things” grant the people of Fairhope, Alabama, a life-changing gift - perspective. Along the way, families will be united, financial opportunities will be created, and readers will be left with powerfully simple solutions to the everyday problems we all face.

Through the lens of a parenting class at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, Jones guides a seemingly random group to ask specific questions inspired by his curious advice that “You can’t believe everything you think.” Those questions lead to answers for which people have been searching for centuries:

  • How do we begin to change the culture in which we live?
  • What is the key to creating a life of success and value?
  • What if what we think is the end…is only the beginning?

  • What starts as a story of one person's everyday reality unfolds into the extraordinary principles available to anyone looking to create the life for which they were intended.

    My Review:

    It's no secret that I am an Andy Andrews fan, especially his fiction titles.  They inspire, they cause the reader to do some critical thinking and self-evaluation.  This one is no different.  Although the story revolves around a parenting class, the premise applies to parent and non-parent alike.  The culture we are creating in our children is not working.  We are not teaching the next generation the skills they need to succeed.  Change begins with

    Before you think, "I don't have kids so this book just won't be for me," let me say that the WHOLE story isn't about parenting class or even the next generation.  It's about us, you and me, taking every thought captive.  It's about changing our focus and finding our purpose.  Sounds like a tall order, and perhaps it is.  But Andrews covers it in his laid back, real life, comfortable way.  

    In this edition, Jones returns and we meet a few of the people whose lives he has previously touched.  We see the impact he has had on them both financially and spiritually.  And we meet a few more.  A family that has spent their whole lives struggling to keep up with the Joneses-only to lose it all.  Jones steps in and has a lesson for all of us in this one.  

    So with the newest Andrews book I can honestly say, I am still hooked.  The message is clear, the writing in engaging, and the story is interesting.  How can you go wrong with that?

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