Book Review: The Noticer

I was given this book to read as a suggestion and have unintentionally saved it (aka put it on the shelf and somewhat forgot about it) until this week. I am telling you, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I am in my final semester of nursing school, just left my full time job in order to finish school, and was desperately looking for something uplifting in this seemingly turmoiled time.

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Andy Andrews, author of The Noticer, has the most eloquent story line about an old drifter named Jones who touches the lives of everyone he meets. The book is broken up chapter by chapter of who Jones is helping and what advice he can offer them in their current situation. There are so many applicable situations where the old man can put a different perspective in such simple terms that it seems ridiculous not to have seen the situation that way all along.

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Although not overtly religious, there are strong religious undertones throughout this book. It is an incredibly easy read that is easy to understand and comprehend, all while being thought provoking. Overall, this book is uplifting and makes the reader consider what the wise old Jones is telling those he encounters throughout the book. Each point is made in a round about way, but by the end of the conversation the characters are having, the reader fully understands the point that is being made.

Five seagulls are sitting on a dock and one decides to fly away. How many seagulls are left? … There are still five. Deciding to fly away and actually flying away are two very different things. Listen carefully to me. Despite popular belief to the contrary, there is absolutely no power in intention. The seagull may intend to fly away, may decide to do some, may talk with the other seagulls about how wonderful it is to fly, but until the seagull flaps his wings and takes to the air, he is still on the dock.”

— The Noticer, Andy Andrews

If you are looking for a very easy, uplifting, and thought provoking book I could not suggest The Noticer more. The perspective imparted in these words are easily applicable to a wide range of people and situations. Perspective is, after all, in the eye of the beholder.

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