I have read a book. It's called The Noticer by Andy Andrews. I found this book at a second hand store. I love reading and I love finding great books for little to nothing. Sometimes when I shop I have a specific book in mind and other times I just keep an eye open for what looks interesting. The Noticer happened to be a book that just caught my eye. I have found some true gems this way and I am pleased to say this book is one of them.
The full title of the book is The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. It's a story about an old man named Jones who notices things in the lives of some people in a small beach town in the south. Jones takes the things he notices and uses it to help people have a little perspective about the things that are going on in their lives. This perspective he offers them ends up being the difference between giving up and moving forward in their lives.
I know it is a fictional story but it is told in such a way that you feel these people are real and you are right there with them. These are my favorite kinds of stories, the ones that draw you in and make you forget that you are reading a story. The author also uses such real life experiences in the lives of these people that you know people like that or who are going through an experience like that. The only difference is their name. And maybe it isn't someone you know who's like that, maybe it's you who is like that and it draws you in deeper because you want to know what the solution to it is not just for the character but for yourself.
This book was full of some wonderful eye opening perspectives for me. Some that I have been made familiar with through experiences or other books and some new ones that I hadn't come across yet. It was a tender and humorous read. It is a book that is now dear to my heart and one I will read again and again. It was a wonderful reminder of the strength of perspective in our lives and how it is life changing and lifesaving. In the end a little perspective can make all the difference and it's never too late to gain some.
You can find a copy for yourself here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Noticer-Sometimes-person-perspective/dp/078523232X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345165483&sr=8-1&keywords=the+noticer+by+andy+andrews
Here is an excerpt:
"Most folks figure a true friend is someone who accepts them as they are. But that's dangerous garbage to believe. The kid who works the drive-through at your local fast-food restaurant accepts you for who you are - because he doesn't care anything about you. But a true friend holds you to a higher standard. A true friend brings out the best in you. A best friend will tell you the truth...and a wise best friend will include a healthy dose of perspective."