If you are breathing, you are still alive. If you are alive … you have not completed what you were put on earth to do. If your purpose has not yet been fulfilled, then the most important part of your life has not yet been lived.
With these words, Jones gives hope to Willow Callaway as she contemplates what the rest of her life could possibly hold now that her husband has passed and her children have moved away.
The Noticer is as much a book about hope as it is about perspective. As The Noticer, Jones drifts in and out of the lives of the people of Orange Beach, AL, usually when they are at their lowest. He moves in silently and disappears just as silently and without notice but not before leaving behind a good dose of perspective and the hope for better things ahead.
In the author’s true-to-life story of his encounter with Jones under a fishing pier, Jones is the man who shows a young man who he could be, not who he is today. From the group of young people asking for advice on how to know whom to marry to the widow Callaway, I was intrigued to read each person’s problem and the perspective that Jones would give them, and I saw myself in more than one of the lives of the people Jones touched.
For a light reader, this is a perfect book to take along when you know you will have a few minutes here and there to read. But, beware, you just might not be able to put The Noticer down until you read the entire book.
Yours for the celebration of life,
The Noticer, Andy Andrews (Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2009).
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