I haven't found a fiction book that I've really loved in a long time. Until now. The Noticer by Andy Andrews is the best book I've read in ages. From the first page, where we are introduced to "Jones," I was riveted to find out what would happen next.
Jones has the gift of perspective. And he seems to find people just when that is exactly what they need. "All lives" Jones says "are either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or headed for a crisis." Jones finds people in their time of crisis and by offering perspective he saves marriages, reputations and even lives.
Much of Jones perspective is simple, and some of it isn't even new. It's just offered in a new and refreshing way.
Jones says "It's time to stop letting your history control your destiny."
Jones says "A grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person's life."
Jones says "Everybody wants to be on the mountain top, but if you'll remember, mountaintops are rock and cold. There is no growth on the top of a mountain.....We must come off the mountain, go through the valley and begin to climb the next slope. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life's next peak."
I really loved this book. Based on a true story, the characters in the book were well developed which made me care about them and what would happen to them. I couldn't wait to find out more about Jones. Was he really a drifter? How did he get his perspective? I enjoyed the fact that many of the perspectives Jones shared were relevant in my own life, and I'm sure they'd be relevant in others as well.
The Noticer is a feel good book that left me wishing for a "Jones" to bring perspective into my own life. I'll have to settle for Andy Andrews.
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