Monday, April 27, 2009

The Noticer

"Sometime, all a person needs is a little perpective," the subtitle to Andy Andrews' book, The Noticer, sums up the content of this self-help/personal growth title.

Andy Andrews takes time tested self help methods/ideas, and effectively packages them into an engaging story. It is the story of a man named Jones, and how the people's lives he comes into contact with (including, supposedly, Andy Andrews) are changed. Jones is a mysterious character that appears in the most unlikely places, at the most unlikely of times.

Jones meets with people and tackles the various issues of age, making a difference, the effects of our actions, there is no small stuff (everything can have big consequences), and intentions versus actions, all the while with the underlying premise, that all we do is based on our perspective.

Once you reach the end of the book, you realize it is a kind of parable, as Jones has met and impacted lives (by changing their perspective), we meet Jesus and He changes our perspective.

Although, at times, Andrews borderlines plagiarism (i.e., utilizing Gary Chapman's "Five Love Languages", as well as sermon illustrations I have heard throughout my church life) this is a quick read, and a very engaging story.

I recommend this book for any who are interested in personal growth, or a new life perspective.

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