This book was very interesting. Not your average fictional book (that’s why I categorized it as “other”). It’s more of a mouthpiece for the author’s motivational speaking. That being said, I thought the message of the book was very good. The story may have been slightly cheesy, the author isn’t exactly a studied novelist, and it doesn’t scream Christianity, but what he has to say is something everyone should read.
There are about five or six different life lessons in the book, all affecting different people in different stages of life. The message of gaining a new perspective is carried by an old man named Jones. He mysteriously appears in each person’s life just as they are in the midst of crisis. The old man draws them in with his blue eyes, white hair, and a certain magical sense about him. Then he sits them down to talk about their life, giving them the proper perspective they need to change. The answers to their problems are quite simplistic, but something they never thought of. A matter of perspective. This new perspective drives them to change the things they were doing wrong and bring about positive transformation in their life. A saved marriage. A reformed businessman. An enlightened teenager. And the list goes on.
I very much enjoyed the first chapter. I was a little confused when the main character in this chapter was the same name as the author and tried for a long to time figure out if I was actually reading fiction or if this was an autobiographical work. I determined that it is fiction. The author just used himself as the main character. But, the first chapter does a great job of capturing the reader and getting you to keep reading into the second chapter.
The second chapter was good until about half-way through when it started getting pretty cheesy and was looking too much like The Five Love Languages by Chapman. It was feeling a little like the author was using other people’s material for his own book. I put the book down and decided I didn’t want to read it anymore. The old man, Jones, was sounding too much like a motivational speaker as he was counseling a couple on the brink of divorce.
The funny thing is that this second chapter of the book, even though I didn’t finish it, actually sparked an interesting conversation between my husband and me about The Five Love Languages. We were trying to figure out which love languages we each favored, as well as which one our three-year-old daughter seemed to favor. We talked about it throughout the rest of the day and I believe we are better off for it.
After thinking about this great conversation that the book sparked, I picked up the book again and finished it. If one chapter could spark such a good conversation, what would the rest be like? I am glad I did continue reading. I determined to overlooked the cheese factor (although there were moments of really good writing) and discovered there were a lot of things that I learned through Jones and his perspective-giving lessons in people’s lives. And it left me with the desire to be “Jones” to someone else. So I have to give the book high marks based on what it can inspire in a person’s heart. I just needed to get over myself and see the book for what it is – a book that really sticks with you after its over and helps you become a better person.
My recommendation is … READ IT! You’ll be able to read it quickly. It’s a short book that goes fast. There aren’t any mentions of Christianity or the Holy Spirit. There are a couple of mentions of God. But I don’t think the book is meant to be just for Christians even though it was published by a Christian publisher. I think it is meant for the general market. No matter if you are a Christian or not, this book will certainly make you think about your own life and how you can make positive changes. It is a must read. Pick it up today! You’ll be glad you did!
A new story of common wisdom from the bestselling author of The Traveler’s Gift.
Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems – marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses.
Fortunately, when things look the darkest – a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. An elderly man with white hair, of indiscriminate age and race, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and leather flip-flops carrying a battered old suitcase, Jones is a unique soul. Communicating what he calls “a little perspective,” Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. “Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely,” he says. “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 speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what we can do about it.
Like The Traveler’s Gift, The Noticer is a unique narrative is a blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Gifted storyteller Andy Andrews helps us see how becoming a “noticer” just might change a person’s life forever.