This is a first for me. Not the fact I am writing about a book I have read on my blog, but the fact I am writing about a book I am still reading on my blog. I just reached the 50% point reading The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews on my Kindle and am enjoying the book so much I could not wait to finish the book before sharing some of my thoughts. I want you to get your own copy and enjoy this book too. That makes this an unfinished book review, but Jones is back!
Regardless of how the story ends I am hooked. I know I like this book, have learned from it and my expectation is I will enjoy the second half just as much as the first, so I have no problem with recommending it to others even before I have finished it myself.
The Noticer Returns is a sequel to The Noticer. Our first exposure to Jones, the title character, was during our trip to Tybee Island last May for a family vacation. I had the audio version of the book and had read the first chapter and it looked like it would be an interesting story so we listened to it on the drive. We were taken in at the beginning and, needless to say, (actually that was needless to write wasn’t it?); it held our interest the entire way.
An interesting side note that doesn’t really mean anything – except maybe the fact I noticed it – one block up from the house we were renting was a street named Jones Avenue.
In any case, when I heard that Andy Andrews was working on a sequel and the Jones would indeed be returning I knew I would need to get the book when it was available and see what Jones has been up to lately. Well, the book was released this week and that is what I have been doing.
Even though this is a sequel you do not have to read The Noticer to be able to understand what is going on in The Noticer Returns. I suspect you might want to go back and read it though once you meet Jones and Andy Andrews.
Jones, as mentioned earlier, is The Noticer. He is described as having white hair, blue eyes and wears a t-shirt and jeans. He seems to show up when the characters in the stories need him to show up and help them notice things that were there the whole time. They were just not seeing their situation from the proper perspective.
is a quote from the book. That could be one of the reasons I can identify with Jones. I tend to think my perspective on life is a bit peculiar as evidenced by the name of this blog – Peculiar Perspective.
Another reason I believe I have become a fan of Andy Andrews and his work lately is that he lives here in Alabama, in Orange Beach, and we have spent a lot of time in that area recently. He also writes about the area where he lives.
We vacationed in Gulf Shores last year. Our high school football region changed last year most of our region opponents are now located in the Mobile area so we have traveled to the area often over the past couple of years to watch our son and the Wildcats play football. Two of the areas mentioned in this book, Fairhope and Baldwin County, are two of our region opponents.
If you have never read anything by Andy Andrews you should. You may become a fan of his work like me or you may not but if you don’t pick up one of his books and give it a try you will never know. I believe you will be glad you did if you do. I started with The Traveler’s Gift, then The Final Summit, then The Noticer, and now The Noticer Returns.
Now to some quotes and thoughts from The Noticer Returns. Quotes will be italicized in blue.
“The old man could make me laugh, and he did so quite often; but mostly, he made me think. Not necessarily about a certain thing . . . He made me think in ways I had never considered. Jones had a knack for turning a situation or a deep-seated belief upside down or sideways in such a manner that it became perfectly clear and made total sense. ”
The old man is Jones and he will make you think or remind you of something deep down you already knew but just haven’t thought of lately or how it might relate to your current situation.
Jones defined himself as an Inclinational Archaeologist.
When she asked what that was, he said he specialized in “the excavation of thoughts by which living subjects were inclined to do great things.” She had no clue what he meant, of course, but I did. Jones’s conversations were designed to reveal a pattern of decisions that eventually unearthed one’s very thinking.
Jesus taught by asking questions and telling stories. Jones does too.
Skipping back to the prologue, the author makes the statement below that Jones helps the characters in the book to learn by the questions and stories he tells.
Through the years and many hard lessons, I have found that no matter how long it takes or how desperately a person battles or denies, the truth always—always—makes itself known.
I am not going to try to re-tell the stories included in the book. I believe that is best to be read and discovered as you go which is what I am still doing myself. I do recommend you get this book and enjoy the stories and principles shared. Some may be new to you but even if not, we all need to be reminded from time to time of truths we have learned in the past.
The best way I can describe the style of Andy Andrews is he uses his storytelling talent, which reminds me of my favorite storyteller, Walt Disney, to remind or teach basic life principles that can benefit anyone who endeavors to read and learn them, which reminds me of Zig Ziglar, another of my favorites.
For me that puts Andy Andrews in good company. I believe if you choose to pick up a copy of The Noticer Returns you will be intrigued, entertained, will learn something too. That is kind of what I look for in a book. I am finding it and am looking forward to learning more in the second half of this one.
You will likely have a new perspective too. As the subtitle of the book says,
If you would like to see the official book trailer click here.
Postscript: Since this blog post was published I did finish reading the book and I did love the second half just as much as the first, as I expected.
Until next time…
Originally published on Peculiar Perspective on 10/6/2013.