Monday, April 27, 2009

Sometimes all a person needs is a little perspective

Book Review

The Noticer
Andy Andrews

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as a book review blogger. It's the best book I've received from them to date. It was a fast read, an engaging story, and a strong moral strand woven through the entire book.

Parts of the book, on first glance, seemed take-offs from other popular Self-Improvement type books (Seven Habits, Five Love Languages, etc), but all of them through the lens of perspective.

The hero of the story, Jones, has a gift - for noticing what others miss. An outside perspective that many, entrenched in their battles and struggles, fail to be able to see anymore. Jones meets many people in need of help in his small community, and is somehow able to touch even the hardest of hearts. His first "patient", is a homeless young man, and contains the most touching quote of the whole story:

"My contention is that you are right where you are supposed to be. This
may look like barren sand to you, but nothing could be further from the
truth. I say to you that as you lay your head down tonight, you are
sleeping on fertile ground. Think, learn, pray, plan, dream. For
soon . . .you will become."

An impactful quote to a homeless boy living under a pier is actually a lesson we can all learn from. And so it goes throughout the book. A failing marriage finds "perspective" in learning love languages. A failing business finds perspective in honest dealings. An aging grandmother finds perspective in purposes yet to fulfill.

This book is filled with hope. All of the characters and situations will ring true to you, but I guarantee at least one will completely resonate. If you take the challenge and change your "perspective" that is.

"I am a noticer. I notice things that other people overlook.
And you know, most of them are in plain sight."

1 comment:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

This does sound good. Thanks for the suggestion.