"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Friday, January 29, 2010

The NOTICER by Andy Andrews

Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective.

This book arrived on Wednesday, when I was suffering from a sore throat and a terrible headache. I set the book beside on the bed and kept looking at that cover. It was not the title or the author that kept drawing my attention but the tag line from a review by golfer Nancy Lopez, “This is the best book I have ever read in my life.”

Within minutes I was halfway through Chapter 1 and had no idea I wouldn’t put it down until I finished. It is fiction, but the author writes it as an autobiography and it is full of more inspiration, wisdom and motivation than any self help book.

An elderly white haired man with brown skin who calls himself Jones, just Jones, not Mr. Jones, shows up at one of the author’s lowest points of his life and shows him how a different way of looking at things, a different perspective can change his life.

Over the years this man shows up again and again in this small Alabama town to help the desperate, depressed and downtrodden. Those who feel helpless and hopeless whether it be from the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, divorce, financial worries or just at the end of their rope. He knows everything about them and helps them see their lives in a different perspective and changes their lives.

He believed that everyone was “in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or headed for a crisis.” “That’s just part of being on this planet.” It was how you handled the crisis that made you who you are. How just being on this earth affects so many other people.

This book takes place over several years and it isn’t until the end that you see that everyone in the small town knew Jones and how many lives he truly affected.

I can’t say this is the best book I have ever read but it is the right up in the top five. I feel everyone needs to read this book. I am going to pass my copy around to my family and it may eventually wind up in my church library so many more people have a chance to read this wonderful story.

If you would like more information about this book or other books by Andy Andrews please check out his website:  http://www.andyandrews.com/

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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