This little book The Noticer by Andy Andrews just 156 pages has a powerful message to it. In the book, Mr. Andrews is trying to show how easy it is to let the little things in life are basic principles be missed and how someone else’s perspective came make things come out in a different light. “Jones” is The Noticer. He is a mysterious old man who comes and goes in the peoples’ lives only appearing at times to give his sage advice. I wondered as I was reading if it was a pawn off the fact that Jones is an old man with wisdom from his life to share. But he explains that he has been given a gift of being able to notice things that others don’t. He likes to share those perspective to help others.
He talks about the differences even in the most little things like having lunch and the local. He talks about divorce, getting old, taking shortcuts in life and redefining moments of your life.
My main issue that I have with the book is that the characters were not always believable. There seemed to be no internal struggles to accept his perspectives. As if they would just accept them and change, I would have wanted to see more of the struggle or contemplation that the characters receiving the advice would show. I know that personally I would have had struggles with several of his stage advice.
There are discussion questions at the end. I believe this book would be a great one for a discussion group. It is based on a true story as well. It is a good book but not necessarily one that I would personally pick up.
Note: This is my opinion. I received a free e-book to review from Thomas Nelson BookSneeze®.com book review program. No monies changed hands.