The Noticer by Andy Andrews is one of those books that made me think, especially as time passes and I need a reminder that life is short. I love books where one person inspires many (makes me realize how much impact we all can really have), and that helps to shift my perspective to what matters, and keep my focus there.
The plot of The Noticer:
In a simple town filled with simple people, there are still problems – distraught marriages, confused young adults without direction, business problems, and more. When things look darkest, a mysterious man names Jones miraculously shows up to share “a little perspective.” He has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss, and inspiring others to see it as well. As Jones says, “Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely. 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’ goal is to help us all becomes “noticers”.
To be honest, I’m just not interested in depressing, dark books, I like to feel inspired and good when I’m reading a book (even when there is a challenge or obstacle that seems insurmountable, or it starts off with life being hard), and this book left me feeling great.
There are also lessons in this book that made me feel convicted (like the reminder that we judge others more harshly simply because their flaws are different from ours, but we do have many of our own flaws). We don’t know the intentions of other, and our bad qualities aren’t less bad because we accepted them or they are ours. It’s a great book that I can recommend to others who are in need of some inspiration, who need to regroup and get back to prioritizing what matters, and who love to learn what’s important in a first, story telling way 🙂
I received a free copy to review.