Monday, April 27, 2009

The Noticer: Book Review

Have you ever read a book--a fictional book--that really made you stop and think about your life and what you are accomplishing with it? I couldn't name one that had done that for me until I read The Noticer by New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews.

The story is set in the small beach town of Orange Beach, Alabama and introduces an interesting character named Jones that graces the town with his presence and leaves it a much better place. Jones becomes "best friends" with many people in the town, showing them a different perspective on their lives and how they are living. People have a chance to take a fresh breath and see things in a new light thanks to Jones's insight. During the story, six of these stories are shared in a candid, casual way that makes you stop and think of the applications in your own life.

So, what are you doing to make a difference in the lives of others? As Andrews says, everyone makes a difference, the choice you have is what kind of difference you will make--positive or negative. Do you truly make your family a priority? Are you investing in others? Are you kind and compassionate? Are you living your life with purpose? If others could change something about you, what would it be? Definitely a book worth reading! You might also want to check out the Noticer Project and make a noticeable difference in someone's life today.

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