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The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  7,670 ratings  ·  1,131 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 169 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 1959)
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Apr 26, 2009 Darbyscloset rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
“The Noticer” by Andy Andrews, is a pleasant surprise of a read. The book illustrates a short story with a powerful punch; a story that I don’t want to spoil for any readers of this review. I’ll tell you this though, my husband and I participate in a highway clean up project sponsored by our township and when we first started he insisted that we pick up cans on the same side of the street and then pick up cans on the other side during the walk back, otherwise there would not be any cans for us t ...more
I'm going to go against popular opinion and state that this wasn't a very good book. Sure, there were a few good life lessons included in its pages. However, the writing was mediocre and the story telling was terrible. The characters were unbelievable, both in dialogue and action. I was surprised that the characters didn't punch Jones for delivering these messages that go against the grain of their lives. While the messages were good ones, it was unbelievable that people would accept these messa ...more
Jeanette Blackson
This is the first book I have read by author Andy Andrews and it will NOT be the last! I picked up this book free through Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger Club (well I actually downloaded it onto my Sony e-Book Reader). I was kind of hesitant to read it as I had not read anything by Andy Andrews, but once I picked it up I could not put it down. Andy is a great author and this book was an easy read. It was a shorter book (only 176 pages) but had a lot of good content and some great life lesson ...more
Brenten Gilbert
This book is yet another example of how my life is constantly interrupted by the subtle whispers of someone wiser… i’ve mentioned before that the media that i engage in often speaks directly into the situations that surround my life and The Noticer proves this once again… of course, in this particular instance, the book speaks directly to a much larger audience than just me…

we are currently living in what i call a “chicken little era”… everywhere i turn, i’m faced with one more thing that should
Antoaneta Mitrusheva
Хареса ми като идея, но не и като начин на представяне. Според мен е написана твърде елементарно и повърхностно - предполагам, за да може да "стигне" до всеки. Аз лично не обичам дозите житейска мъдрост да ми се предоставят по този начин - всичко е предъвкано, смляно, ти само отваряй уста и гълтай :)
Delene H. Allen
I really enjoyed this little 156-page book. Judging from the title, I first thought the book would be about "people-watchers" -- you know, those folks who like to sit in the mall and study people as they walk by. After the first page or so, I realized that the central character, "Jones" -- "not Mr. Jones, just Jones" -- is The Noticer. Jones has a knack for being at the right place at the right time and say the right things to those who need help the most. Jones would notice things, point out hi ...more
Chelsea Ursaner
Way too self-help for me and the writing was nothing special, but there were some definite gems within the book that I think back to sometimes. This is the primary one (so now you can move onto another book without hesitation.. sorry Andy Andrews). I'm going to just paraphrase the concept:

In the same way that Americans and Scots both speak English but may as well be speaking different languages, there are different dialects to the language of love. People sometimes come across difficulties in th
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, some will like this book much better than I. Some will love it, be moved and inspired by it.

I'm not and never have been a fan of certain types of self-help books (who knows maybe I'd be rich and so on if I'd listened better....LOL, oh well). Mr. Andrews has written several books and based much of his writing on his 7 decisions.

After his parents died he did (as in the book) spend some time homeless. This book purports to tell the story of how he came out of this life and came to his seven
Lionel Valdellon
The Noticer by Andy Andrews is 156 pages of important life lessons wrapped within a feel-good, inspirational novelette. The lessons are thinly-veiled homilies spoken by the main character Jones to a cast of (unfortunately) flat, characters who barely resemble real people with real dialogue. Still, the book’s lessons and overall message are positive, and Christian — without mentioning God too often. The book will appeal to mothers, grandmothers, fans of inspirational literature, and anyone who en ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Good story, makes great points but gets a bit too redundant.

I loved Andy Andrews's The Traveler's Gift. I had no idea what was around the corner, and I know I am not reading page-turner fiction here but still, I wanted this book to have that quality so I can stay with it. I love Andrews's style of telling stories and making a great point or two across. Jones is a good strong character and I like the concept of PERSPECTIVE - yes, everything is indeed about perspective, no doubt about it - and the
Keiki Hendrix
Do you need a fresh look at things? Have the issues in your life become mundane? Then take a journey into the book ‘The Noticer: Sometimes All You Need is a Little Perspective“ by Andy Andrews.

In this book, you travel through the lives of ordinary people who encounter a man named ‘Jones’. An unassuming character, but only at first. Once he engages you in conversation, you will never look at things in the same way again.

Very similar to the character “Baggar Vance” in the film “The Legend of Bagga
Jo Rae Jetton


From a distance you may think that Jones is a homeless man, alone with no family, and only a small suitcase of belongings. Move closer and Jones would tell you he’s a man with a wealth of places to stay, friends who love him like family, and possessions meant to be shared. Jones would say you might need to change your perspective.

Andy Andrews introduces us to Jones in his latest book, The Noticer. Andy is living under a pier and has no job, v
I picked up this book thinking it was going to be a bit about slowing down and 'noticing' things to improve my personal perspective on things. By the middle of the book, my perspective on "The Noticer" was dim. In the last chapter, I was throwing the book across the room, scrunching my hair thinking "I could've done this." It was a more than disappointing read.

Andy Andrews has an inviting writing style, more like listening to an old friend (albeit sometimes a know it all, annoying friend), but I
I have just finished The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. When I began this book, it reminded me of The Five People You Meet in Heaven in that it's a series of chapters, each about meeting a different person.

An old guy ("Jones") shows up around town, meeting people at pivotal periods and giving them just the advice they need to turn their life around. One of Jones's favorite sayings is "You lack perspective," and he does have a knack of saying the right thing at th
Serendipitously stumbled across this book and made it my first read for 2012. Never heard of it, and knew nothing about it when I started.

It presents vignettes of stressed relationships in a small town, and then has a wizened old man appear from nowhere to encourage a different perspective of the problems. All logical and tidy.

Although the subject matter sounds deep, this was an easy read.

The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. couldn’t have been a better choice for a
Gergana Nikolova
"-Запомни, Анди-...-човек може да направи всичко, което поиска. Може да постигне всичко, което пожелае. Нещата не опират до пари. Нито пък до липса на време. Когато трябва да постигнеш нещо велико в този живот, обикновено онова, което ти липсва, е идея. Времето и парите, приятелю, също са въпрос на гледна точка."

"Няма значение какво е миналото ти, защото винаги можеш сам да избереш бъдещето си."
The perfect book to read at the coming of a new year to help gain a proper perspective and refocus on what is really important.
The story takes place in Orange Beach, Alabama. Jones is a mysterious old man who appears and disappears through the years giving the townspeople some sage advice. Jones has a miraculous way of communicating what he calls “a little perspective,” Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. He sheds light on the issues that most people face one time or another in their lives. Divorce, getting old, taking shortcuts and redefining your life. "Jones," helped the ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
What a great little book this was to read. Only 160 pages in length, so it was very quick, but it is packed full of good advice. Advice on how and why to change your "perspective."

The stories ranged from a young homeless man (the author), to a couple on the brink of divorce, to an elderly lady who feels her usefulness has passed. After they all encounter a mysterious old man named Jones, their lives change. All because he allows them to see their lives and their futures with a different perspect
The Noticer is an interesting book about a man named Jones. Jones is an older man who has a remarkable gift, the gift of perception. He is able to perceive things that most others are not able to see. He is a homeless drifter who has an uncanny ability to meet people in their most desperate of times. The author of the book, Andy Andrews, tells of when he was a homeless teenager living under a pier, with both parents dead and with no family or friends. One night, an old man named Jones finds him ...more
„Проницателят” е почти идентична с „Продавач на мечти. Призванието.” Грешка, даже си е същата – стил, идеи - едно към едно. Дойдат ли черните облаци идва и мистериозният мъдрец, който ще ги изтика и ще ти покаже слънцето. Не мога да отрека, че имаше няколко попадения, под формата на добри житейски уроци, включени в страниците на книгата. Действително, тя може да се препрочита отново и отново и затова се възползвах от услугата на молива и си подчертах нещата, които са позитивни, които ми допаднах ...more
Andy Andrews, author of The Traveler’s Gift, has created another beautiful and challenging story. The Noticer is the story of a town that becomes influenced and changed by the wisdom of an older man named Jones. Jones is a drifter with perspective, a person who can offer insight to those around him and influence them for the better. Whether it’s a down and out homeless man living under a bridge, or a suburban couple on the brink of divorce, Jones enables them to look at their circumstances from ...more
Book title: The Noticer
Author: Andy Andrews
Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 2009
Number of pages: including reader’s guide, 167

Your current situation is not the problem. The problem is that you need perspective. Jones, Andy Andrews’ main character has a gift of making unique observations about people and then helping them make the adjustments necessary to get back on track. For the man fearful about his impending death, he needed to learn that the best was yet to come. For the man so driven to succeed
Ventsislav Kostadinov
I got this book as a birthday gifr from one of my best friends and I thought that it was going to be a good one. I could only read like one fourth of the book when I got really bored and annoyed by all the nonsense it was written. I really cannot understand this thing - a lot of such books go all over the stores and suddenly they are on all "necessarily to read ' books. One man giving so "deep and profound" advices to people who currently have lost the idea of living. I don't even rate negative ...more
I read this as part of the Thomas Nelson review bloggers, and got an advance copy.
I have never read any of Andy Andrews’ books before. I LOVED this book! I read quite a few books, but this book was simple and hit me right to the core.
Jones introduces himself saying he is a noticer. He says, “I notice things that people overlook. And you know, most of them are in plain sight.” He goes on throughout the whole book with words of wisdom to everyone he encounters.
Jones was someone I felt like could
Lori Henrich
Jones is an interesting character. He seems to appear when you need him the most. He had a unique way of looking at things. He helps those around him with nuggets of wisdom, helping them to find a new perspective on their current situation. Andy met him when he was living under the pier as a young boy. No one knows where he comes from or where he goes.

I just love the way Andy tells stories. This is the story about how changing the way you look at things can change your life. The wisdom shared in
Jamie Mangan
LOVED this book. It is a quick, easy read that I recommend to everyone. Change your way of thinking…change your life :)
This book is a game changer. Simple concepts that are over looked.
Jones is a man that everyone would wish to meet. After reading the book, you realize that we ALL have the power to be like Jones. All we need is a little perspective, looking at things a little differently. Jones seems to show up when people need him the most, yet where does he come from? He just walks around with a briefcase, showing up when people feel that they have reached the end. His words of wisdom, his recommendations provide hope in a bleak world. I wish to be like Jones and so will you ...more
Jane Hoppe
If you’re looking for a small dose of timeless wisdom loosely fashioned into a story, you might enjoy The Noticer by Andy Andrews. In this book, a mysterious white-haired man named simply Jones appears to folks in a small town when they face crises, helps them gain perspective on their problems, then disappears. I like that Andrews weaves applications of wisdom into people’s lives in real-life situations, like employer-employee relations, dehumanization of workers, marital disconnects and despai ...more
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~ Hailed by a New York Times writer as a "modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America."

~ Spoken at the request of four different U.S. Presidents

~ Every single minute a book by Andy Andrews is sold somewhere in the world!

~ New York Times Bestselling Author of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift

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“If one makes a mistake, then an apology is usually sufficient to get things back on an even keel. However-and this is a big ‘however’- most people do not ever know why their apology did not seem to have any effect. It is simply that they did not make a mistake; they made a choice…and never understood the difference between the two.” 160 likes
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