I’ve just finished reading “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews (Thomas Nelson, 2009) and I am finding words almost inadequate to describe this book. I read where Nancy Lopez (LPGA Hall of Fame golfer) had said “This is the best book I have ever read in my life”. I’m not much for hyperbole, but I believe she just might be right. I read quite a few books in a year’s time and I am completely ready for the fact that this will be the best one I read for MANY years to come.
The story revolves around “Jones”, an elusive character who shows up in people’s lives just at the point when he is needed the most. The narrative takes place in the coastal town of Orange Beach, AL where Jones tackles the big picture questions of life. His mantra of “all you need is a little perspective” is just the nudge his somewhat confused friends need. He seems to fade away between sightings, then appears with his worn suitcase to aid couples, youths and the elderly. His advice is simple yet powerful.
Mr. Andrews conveys a feeling that is hard to describe but very comforting at the same time. I found myself reading slower than normal for two reasons. I did not want the book to end and I wanted to wring every bit of wisdom and nuance from the situations in which the characters found themselves. Join me in making a promise to find and read every book by this wonderful author.