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The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective, and Sometimes Perspective Finds You [Kindle Edition]

Andy Andrews
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Book Description

Perspective is a powerful thing.

Andy Andrews has spent the past five years doing a double take at every white-haired old man he sees, hoping to have just one more conversation with the person to whom he owes his life.

Through a chance encounter at a local bookstore, Andy is reunited with the man who changed everything for him – Jones, also known as “The Noticer.”

As the story unfolds, Jones uses his unique talent of noticing little things that make a big difference. And these “little things” grant the people of Fairhope, Alabama, a life-changing gift - perspective. Along the way, families will be united, financial opportunities will be created, and readers will be left with powerfully simple solutions to the everyday problems we all face.

Through the lens of a parenting class at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, Jones guides a seemingly random group to ask specific questions inspired by his curious advice that “You can’t believe everything you think.” Those questions lead to answers for which people have been searching for centuries:

  • How do we begin to change the culture in which we live?
  • What is the key to creating a life of success and value?
  • What if what we think is the end…is only the beginning?
  • What starts as a story of one person's everyday reality unfolds into the extraordinary principles available to anyone looking to create the life for which they were intended.

    Editorial Reviews


    "Parents, coaches, employers, and employees...Drop what you're doing and read this book!"
    - Kurt Warner, Super Bowl Champion Quarterback and NFL Broadcaster

    "The Noticer Returns is a magical story that will change how you look at life."
    - Winston Groom, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Forrest Gump

    "I read everything he writes again and again. Andy Andrews is, quite simply, my favorite author."
    - Margaret Kelly, CEO, Remax

    About the Author

    Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 474 KB
    • Print Length: 226 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0785231455
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Int edition (October 1, 2013)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00A0VP75M
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Andrews on Steroids October 1, 2013
    First let me be very clear, I am a huge Andy Andrews fan. I live in the South and the Gulf Coast is a favorite vacation spot and often a haunt. Andy writes with an "I can't put his book down" touch. You laugh, learn and live better because of his books. All of that said, Andy swings his pen into stronger ink in The Noticer Returns. Strong, powerful life changing and affirming writing will capture the reader in the first few paragraphs. My wife and I stood and wept together over a two page passage where Andy helped us through a very hard place in our life with the recent death of both of our mothers. I am already buying copies and giving them away. This is a must read whether you are twelve or ninety two. Thank you Andy for pulling the gloves off Jones.
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    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Noticer Returns October 4, 2013
    Andy is a modern day C.S. Lewis. You will not find a more talented story teller. I devoured this book and went right back and read it again. This book is sure to change how you look at life. This is NOT a book to be missed. If you enjoyed Jones and his wisdom in book one The Noticer you will welcome your friend right back in your life in book two. I highly recommend this 5 star book.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Andrews' BEST book yet! October 2, 2013
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    The author of America's beloved Forrest Gump says, "The Noticer Returns is a magical story that will change how you look at life." Far be it from me to quibble with a New York Times best-selling author, but I believe this a mystical story that will change how readers live."

    Via a well-written story, which readers have come to expect from Andrews, the author details a simple, but profound, concept of parenting. The Noticer Returns has just flown to the top of my gift-giving list - especially for expectant parents.

    One of the things I liked best was the profound nugget that perhaps America's "greatest generation" really wasn't. Is that blasphemy? Probably. However, Andrews illustrates that the real greatest generation was the one that raised the men and women who are accepted as our finest. Does that make sense? You bet it does. Had the men and women who fought and won World War II been raised by parents (and grandparents) who had different values and had made less time to raise their children, would their children have been willing to go through all they endured for years?

    I was stunned to see the book dedicated to someone from my hometown of Atmore, AL, Dr. Will Baker. My guess is this book began with a conversational question from Dr. Baker: "The question is, what is the question?" I think Andy Andrews solved the maddening riddle --as only he could have--and this book is the result. I had to smile when I encountered the character of Baker Larson. Nice additional tip of the hat to Dr. Baker.

    I have always believed Andy Andrews to be smart. The Noticer Returns shows new literary maturity--and downright brilliance. I have no doubt that his publisher knows this manuscript was worth the wait. Congratulations to author and publisher.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Profound & Profoundly Simple October 1, 2013
    It's difficult to describe an Andy Andrews book--as he says, it's like trying to "lasso a bumblebee." But it's incredibly easy to reap the benefits of having read Andy's books. They are simple stories, very well told. Yet, within these simple stories, Andy imparts profound, PRACTICAL wisdom that transcends careers, age, marital status, or any other demographics. Returning to his protagonist Jones, Andy immediately connects the reader through his genuine affection for Jones. It's that connection that allows the reader to accept some of Jones's counsel regardless of how close to home it often strikes.

    As good as THE NOTICER RETURNS is, it is equally good to give as a gift. It's one of those rare books that friends will be grateful you turned them on to.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Those delightful moments... October 1, 2013
    I read "The Noticer" back in 2009 and loved it, so I was hoping this sequel would live up. It did. The old guy, Jones, that you hated to see go in the first book comes back in this one. It's been enough years that I don't remember everything about the first one. I just remember it moving me deeply and pleasantly. So I was glad to see this book come along.

    Sometimes you watch a movie and there comes a "moment" that you are profoundly grateful you were there to witness. It sometimes happens in concerts too. An artist or a band will create one of those moments... and you immediately think of several people you wish were there with you because you know you'll never be able to recreate the experience for them with just the story of it. Well, this book gave me two of those moments (I won't spoil). Of course it was a good book, and I was riveted the whole time, but it's those two separate moments that made me profoundly grateful for having read it. It's very rare in a book (and I wish I could create the effect in writing myself). Whatever magic Andy Andrews uses, it is delightful to experience.

    Besides the sheer draw-you-in entertainment of it, there was also great insight (like Andy's other books) that I immediately started putting into practice with my own children and my other relationships.

    But just like "The Noticer," there is some bad news in this sequel. About the time it ends, you're wishing like heck it wouldn't.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars ANDY ANDREWS has a fun way of writing and it draws you in
    I like this book. Can't tell you without giving away some really unique aspects of the book but it is well written and will challenge your perspective. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by James Keith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    Andy Andrews has done it again. Rereading again, so much food for thought from Jones. Everyone should read especially parents.
    Published 6 days ago by Karen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner for Andy! and for us who read his works!
    Love everything Andy Andrews writes, and this is no exception. Gave a copy to a friend as well and she was blown away by the impact it had for her.
    Published 7 days ago by KBinMB
    5.0 out of 5 stars Always helps me find perspective
    Highly recommend. Andy Andrews books always help find perspective in the simple things life has to offer if we live with our eyes open and hearts filled with gratitude
    Published 8 days ago by Angela Tomlin
    5.0 out of 5 stars great perspective
    This storyline truly brings out the Grace filled perspective of God. Love that this is about ordinary heroes that change and become the change.
    Published 9 days ago by B3
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    enjoyed the book and info
    Published 10 days ago by Sandra Carmon
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great follow up to the first!
    Published 12 days ago by Adam Grant
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    He did it again!
    Published 13 days ago by Sherry Hebbe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great gift.
    Published 15 days ago by Debbie K. Anderson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Book was good and service was great
    Published 16 days ago by Dona Wood
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    More About the Author

    What could this one man possibly have to say that is important enough for the Commander of the Allied Air Forces to ask his help? Why did every senior leader the United States Air Force has in Europe and the Middle East recently assemble in one room at one time to hear him speak?

    Who is this man, that he would walk the golf course with Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez as she played her last tournament as a touring professional? Why was he invited to spend an afternoon with General Norman Schwarzkopf and his son, who was about to depart for college? What would he be asked to discuss with a ninety-one-year-old Bob Hope alone by the swimming pool in the entertainer's back yard?

    Hailed by a New York Times writer as a 'modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,' Andy Andrews is an internationally known speaker and novelist whose combined works have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has been received at the White House and has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents.

    Andrews'best-selling book, The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success, is an international sensation, remaining on the New York Times bestseller list for four and a half months and being translated into nearly twenty languages. Featured on ABC's Good Morning America as a book-of-the-month selection, The Traveler's Gift is the stunning story of one man's search for meaning and success in life by traveling back into time and conversing with seven historic individuals. Its message of hope, faith, and perseverance is transforming thousands of lives worldwide every day, spawning a teen version, The Young Traveler's Gift; The Traveler's Gift Journal; a home study audio program, Timeless Wisdom from the Traveler; and life-study curriculum's in high schools, mental-health organizations, and prisons nationwide.

    Andrews lived a relatively normal life until the age of nineteen, when both his parents died, his mother from cancer, his father in an automobile accident. 'I took a bad situation and made it much worse,' Andrews says with a rueful smile, referring to choices he made during this tragic period of his life. Within a span of several years, the young man found himself literally homeless (before that was even a word!' he says), sleeping occasionally under a pier on the gulf coast or in someone's garage.

    It was at that time when Andrews asked the question that would focus his search for what would ultimately affect millions of people. The question? 'Is life just a lottery ticket, or are there choices one can make to direct his future?' To find the answer, he first went to the library. There, over time, he read more than two hundred biographies of great men and women. How did they become the people they were? he wondered. Were they simply born this way? Or were there decisions made at critical junctures in their lives that led to such success? The young Andrews finally determined that there were seven characteristics that each person had in common. 'What will happen,' he mused, 'if I study these seven common denominators and harness them in my own life?

    The rest is history. 'The Seven Decisions,' as he calls them, were the engines used to carry Andrews' life in a different direction. And twenty-plus years later, these same Seven Decisions became the outline around which he built the story of The Traveler's Gift and the basis of his PBS Special.

    - Andy's Latest Work -

    Since the success of The Traveler's Gift and Mastering the Seven Decisions, Andrews has released an array of well-received literature, including the New York Times bestseller The Noticer. Offering a fresh and insightful perspective on how people can change their view of the world, and their place within it, The Noticer has succeeded tremendously in furthering Andrews' prevailing message of finding hope in the face of adversity. Based on the remarkable true story of Andrews' own life, the book teaches its readers that, "Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective."

    Released in the same year, Return to Sawyerton Springs features Andrews' trademark wit and humor as he weaves tales around an enchanting town that can be found in the hearts of those who long to take a deep breath, relax, and find time for the humor and meaning in everyday life. "I dare you to read the first chapter aloud to a friend and not fall on the floor laughing," said Mark Victor Hansen, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. By reflecting on the seemingly ordinary aspects of everyday life, Andrews reveals them for what they truly are--extraordinary aspects of something much greater.

    Released in 2010, The Heart Mender has created a stir in literary circles. Elegantly blending a riveting story, extensive research, and a powerful message of hope, the novel is a true adventure set against the warm waters and white sand of the America's Gulf of Mexico during World War II. Lieutenant Josef Landermann is a German U-Boat officer betrayed and left for dead. When he washes ashore in a sleepy coastal town, he looks to a young war widow for survival. Robert Silvers, executive publisher of The Saturday Evening Post calls The Heart Mender an "unforgettable experience."

    2010 also saw the release of two more books, The Butterfly Effect, a book exploring a scientific theory based on physics within the context of our own lives, and The Boy Who Changed the World, Andrews' first children's book. The Butterfly Effect shows readers that every action, however big or small, matters. Andrews accomplishes this by introducing historical examples that illustrate how one person can set off a spark that, in turn, ignites the lives of unforeseen others.

    The Boy Who Changed the World illustrates this same principle to children, enabling them to see how they can have a meaningful impact on the world around them. It is full of vibrant, full-page illustrations by Philip Hurst and chronicles the true story of the young Norman Borlaug--the boy who grew up to change the world. Children will be delighted by the illustrations and excited by the story as they learn that they too can change the world, just like Norman.

    On April 12, 2011, The Final Summit, the long-awaited follow-up to The Traveler's Gift, was released. The Final Summit finds David Ponder, the hero of The Traveler's Gift, at a completely different time in his life. Now older--and with the wisdom of the Seven Decisions he discovered in The Traveler's Gift--David Ponder and a cast of historic figures have been charged with the task of discovering the one principle that will save all of humanity from dire consequences. And the answer they seek is only two words.

    Andrews' latest book and New York Times Bestseller, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, arose from a question Andrews asked himself several years ago: Where do we being to find common ground in regard to what we want (or don't want) for the future of America? From the question came a challenge: Is it possible to write something that doesn't use the words Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, yet conveys a message with which everyone could agree? Can it be written in a concise fashion allowing anyone to read it, clearly understand the message, and be empowered in less than fifteen minutes? How Do You Kill 11 Million People? is his answer to those questions.

    Driven by his own personal moving story, Andy Andrews communicates to his audience through the heart--an uncommon style in today's media-driven world. Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at weaving subtle yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue--both on paper and on stage.

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