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Book Review: The Noticer: Sometimes All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective by Andy Andrews

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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 a Person Needs 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 Baggar Vance," Jones enters the lives of several people from many different walks of life. Some he approaches respectfully and some in a much more forceful way. His demeanor soon dispels the initial objection of his intended 'new best friend'.

During these conversations, many popular, modern day ideas are dispelled. Ideas such as 'experience being the best teacher' and 'don't sweat the small stuff' which have become household sayings are challenged and scrutinized by Jones' perspective as he engages you in the conversation.

I must say that while I read (and re-read) this story, I often looked up and around me quietly expecting Jones to appear in my life.

In these conversations, Jones addresses life issues such as the despair of a young orphaned man, the hopelessness of a couple on the verge of divorce, a man contemplating suicide, and the tender thoughts of an older woman withdrawn from a world she believes no longer needs her.

I found wisdom in each of Jones' dialogues with these characters. My personal favorite new 'perspective' was 'the difference between a mistake and a choice' and the illumination of the most common 'love languages'.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks authenticity. You will find life lessons that you may have already learned, lessons you may need to re-learn, and still more lessons you may need to be introduced to for the very first time.

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