The Noticer

the-noticer-bookI saw a tweet last week that Andy Andrew’s book The Noticer was available for the Kindle for $2.99 so I snagged it. I’ve read The Final Summit and The Traveler’s Gift and enjoyed both of them.  Andrews is a good storyteller and he pulls you into the tale he is weaving.

One of the things I enjoyed about his other writings was the use of biographies of both well-known and somewhat obscure characters from history.

The Noticer, who goes by Jones (just Jones, not Mr. Jones) pops in and out-of-town and offers wisdom and advice to the people he meets.  He doesn’t seem to age and is always seen carrying a weathered, brown suitcase. The contents of the suitcase are a mystery to everyone he encounters.  He says his gift is noticing things and people just need a little perspective, so he offers that different perspective.  Much of what he shares with others comes from the lives of those in the past.  He refers to George Washington Carver among many others and provides helpful advice at the time people need to hear it.  He helps a couple struggling in their marriage, a business man trying to cut corners in order to be successful, a young man who is facing various difficulties in life and even dispenses relationship advice to teenagers. He shows up at the just the right place, at just the right time, with the right words for the situation.

One of the quotes I highlighted in the book was this:  “Have you ever considered how often we judge ourselves by our intentions while we judge others by their actions?”

The Noticer offers good advice and a different perspective to the reader.  Check it out.

The Final Summit review

Prior to receiving my copy of The Final Summit I had not had opportunity to read any of Andy Andrews’ works.  I heard him speak (via video) several years ago and heard that The Traveler’s Gift was a good read, but I never moved past the intention to read it.  Although I didn’t have the benefit of reading his previous works, Andrews’ offering drew me in from the opening pages.  Even though I hadn’t “met” David Ponder before, it wasn’t long before I felt like I knew him and had some familiarity with his story.

As I began to understand what a Traveler was and David’s story, I was so impressed by Andrews use of characters from history and they really seemed to come to life.  I don’t want to take away from a person who has yet to read this book, but I found myself trying to guess who each historical person was as the description of the Traveler was given as he or she made an appearance in the story.

In a previous writing, David Ponder learned The Seven Decisions which he put into practice in building his company and life.  In The Final Summit David is called upon to lead his fellow Travelers to discover the one principle that will save humanity.  Andrews uses a variety of historical figures who share their stories and experiences to help uncover this important principle.

While the story itself is inspiring, Andrews use of history is educational and enlightening.  I became familiar with historical characters I knew some information about and was introduced to people I knew little to nothing about in regard to their story.  In the epilogue, Andrews provides information that brings some clarification to what he shared in the previous chapters.

The Final Summit was an engaging read and has moved me to want to read Andrews other books.  If you haven’t had a chance to read The Final Summit, it would be well worth your time.

(The publisher provided with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze®)