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

(Noticer #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  14,423 ratings  ·  1,802 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
Hardcover, 167 pages
Published April 26th 2009 by Thomas Nelson
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Kelly I don't believe so, the great thing about this book to me is that there is a deeper thought throughout the book and a great ending. It challenges us t…moreI don't believe so, the great thing about this book to me is that there is a deeper thought throughout the book and a great ending. It challenges us to see beyond our circumstances to a newer perspective on things where ever we are at in our lives! A MUST READ! (less)

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Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book oversimplifies life's struggles with a "pray it away" mentality. It also seems to plagiarize "The 5 love languages" by Gary Chapman with a weak attempt to cover its plagiarism by changing "languages" to "dialects" and taking one language away (receiving gifts). Jones is a boring character with no depth or redeeming quality, which makes it very unbelievable that so many people are willing to just let this know-it-all stranger tell them that their very real life struggles are just a "mat ...more
Lionel Valdellon
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jeanette Blackson
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Chelsea Lawson
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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)
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Gina *loves sunshine*
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
The Author Andy Andrews came and spoke at our kids' school and we all walked away with this book. It took me a few years to dig it out, but I am glad I did. This is definitely a short little gem of a book that I read in an afternoon.

The Noticer has a vibe very similar to Mitch Albom. It is less story oriented, but more self help with key words of wisdom. I was immediately struck by the lessons it tries to teach in regards to noticing people's characteristics, noticing ways people love or need l
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m probably going against popular opinion since this is apparently a bestseller, but I don’t see how someone going through real problems will benefit from or be somehow inspired by this book.

I guess it’s supposed to be self-help, disguised as fiction, but this book oversimplifies some real-life struggles.

The fiction part was weak. Most (if not all) of the characters were not believable at all. Just some short feel-good stories, that you’ll probably forget as soon as you close the last page.

Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jo Rae Jetton
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing


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
Keiki Hendrix
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Simple. Cheesy and predictable, but endearing and encouraging. A good reminder to be kind to others and to oneself.
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Michele Harrod
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mix some Mitch Albom, the Five Love Languages, and a touch of the Peaceful Warrior and you'll have The Noticer. A cute little book that is a nice easy read about getting life in perspective. There are some real gems is this book. Nothing earth shattering, just those little nuggets, that if you are smart to take and hold for a while, just might turn your world into a goldmine. My take home 'nugget' that felt like a bit of the 'Jonesing' I needed myself was this one ....

"Five seagulls are sitting
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Kate Marinova
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The book Is thought-provoking but I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Although it had some flaws it is definitely worth to read and open your eyes. ...more
Fatima mehjabin
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this back in 2015. I really liked the story. It has such a powerful message!
Morgan M
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS. IT IS JUST A SMALL, short read but so beautiful. I’m a sucker for the stories in life coming together.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Andy Andrews. In this book, he teaches us the importance of understanding that there are many different love languages. In ways one person needs to be shown love is different from ways someone else needs to be shown love. So important in relationships to have that understanding and communication, otherwise you're doomed. It teaches soooo many other perspectives on things. This is just the one I really loved the most. Some people need to be told they are loved in order f ...more
Antoinette Pack-Smith
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a good book! I love reading a book that really makes you think. I wish I could meet someone like Jones, he knew all the right things to say without the "fluff! "Most folks figure a true friend is someone who accepts them as they are. But that's dangerous garbage to believe." He gave a dismissive wave of his hand. "The kid who works the drive-through at your local fast-food restaurant accepts you for who you are- because he doesn't care anything about you. But a true friend holds you to a hi ...more
Timothy Smallwood
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has become one of my favorite and most recommended books. No matter your station in life, you will always benefit from the art of observation. Grab a cup of your favorite hot drink and enjoy!
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
So sweet that I forgot I read it until reminded by a friends review. No harm no foul.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Patrick
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Noticer over all I thought was a good book, it’s talks of a man named Jones that comes into people’s life when they need it most, he tells them that finding a new perspective on what is happening in you’re life can change the way you see it from bad to good. I think that’s what we all need to do, find the good perspectives not the bad ones.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Megan Knippenberg
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the central idea of this book that all you need to change your life is a little perspective. The story is neat, and there is a lot of good advice packed into this little book. The only thing keeping it from getting five stars is that sometimes the wisdom in the story seems forced.
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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


Other books in the series

Noticer (4 books)
  • The Wisdom Seeds: Sometimes Perspective Finds You
  • The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective, and Sometimes Perspective Finds You
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