Monday, April 27, 2009

A Review of The Noticer by Andy Andrews

Jones, the title character in The Noticer by Andy Andrews, must read a lot of Christian nonfiction. His plentiful advice, which radically changes the lives of the other characters in the book, seems to come from the pages of books like The Five Love Languages (but only after being stripped of elements that make the advice distinctly Christian).

It’s not clear which parts of this “based-on-a-true-story” book are fiction and which are not, especially with Andrews himself appearing as a character. In the end, it doesn’t matter much, as the numerous characters are there mainly to create situations and conversations that allow the mysterious Jones to offer platitudes (he calls it “perspective”) that would, in real life, be unlikely to have the revolutionary effects they have in the book.

The Noticer can serve as a sort of Cliffs Notes for readers who want the basics of Christian pop psychology for every occasion but can’t quite digest a book without some hint of a plot. It offers a feel-good quote or two for everyone, but not enough substance to really help anyone.

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1 comment:

  1. Yikes! That does not sound like a book I would enjoy, but I did enjoy your review. ;)


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