April 27, 2009 | Comments Off on The Noticer
Sometimes, All A Person Needs Is A Little Perspective
Jones keeps showing up, carrying an old battered suitcase, just when someone needs him. He looks like a drifter, but always offers perspective. Poverty. A failing marriage. Lost dreams. A failing business. Whatever the need, Jones seems to offer just the right cure. No one knows where he lives or when he’ll show up, but soon his reputation precedes him throughout the small community of Orange Beach, Alabama. And each person he encounters goes away better. Changed. And then, Jones disappears until he’s needed again. Jones is a compelling person. If I were making a movie, I’d cast James Earl Jones or perhaps Morgan Freeman for the part.
Author and speaker Andy Andrews tells a compelling story of hope, redemption, and restoration in a conversational tone. But as simple as the stories seem, they contain pertinent lessons in ways that people will remember them. Iin one story, he asks, “What would others change about you if they could?” In another, he helps a couple identify their love languages. And in another, he motivates a crooked businessman to change his ways.
If your group needs a summer study, this would be a great choice. The book even includes discussion questions, which are sure to bring application to your group.