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Monday, April 27, 2009

The Noticer by Andy Andrews

Do you think your life can take another direction if you look at it differently? Andy Andrews, the bestselling author of “The Traveler’s Gift,” wouldn’t have thought so had he not met a mysterious old man named Jones who called himself a Noticer.

Andrews writes about this in “The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective,” a book based on a true story that combines fiction, inspiration and parables. It’s also filled with nuggets of wisdom and told in a story-like manner that’s easy to read, understand and makes you want to implement the profound revelations, insights and guidance into your own life.

In fact, reading the book made me want to do just that. While reading I made notes in the margins so that I could go back and think about certain aspects of my life. I realize that there are areas I need to look at from a different perspective.

The book centers on the citizens in Orange Beach, Alabama, who have the types of problems we all can relate to: marital, financial, relational, etc. Jones, who turns up just when they think there’s no hope, offers words that fuel change. For instance, he reveals a key to communication in relationships, which is realizing that each person speaks a different dialect. “A person from America speaks the same English as a person from Scotland, but their dialects are so drastically different that often they can’t understand each other at all.” The four different dialects that individuals speak are: spoken words of approval, favors and deeds, physical contact and quality time. Each person’s dialect is what they use to convey and feel loved, and once you understand a person’s dialect you’ll be better able to love and communicate with them.

If you grasp what Andrews is trying to relay in “The Noticer” then you’re probably ready for change. That’s because, according to Andrews, change is immediate, but it’s the decision to change that can take a long time. How long will you take to move your life in a different direction? If you’re unsure, or even if you think you’re going the right way, you should pick up a copy of “The Noticer,” which is being released today. I promise; you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t.

Also check out the worldwide movement: The Noticer Project, which gives you the opportunity to notice the five most influential people in your life.

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