Take A Deep Breath (My thoughts on Andy Andrews’ The Noticer)

the-noticer-book3Today is the official release of Andy Andrews’ new book, The Noticer. Even though I’m not “officially” reviewing the book on my blog, I could not let this day go by without saying something about it.

I received a review copy of the book back in January and was asked to give some feedback before it went to press. After I read it Mike asked me what I thought. Before I could begin my critique, he said, “Better yet, let me ask you this question: Can you think of five people, right now, that you would want to give this book to?” Without one second of hesitation I said, “Absolutely.” That’s all he needed to hear.

I have indeed given the book to five people. Well, I can actually think of twelve people I’ve already given the book to—before it was even released. (There are some perks to being married to the CEO of the publishing company.) The first person I gave this book to was my friend Phil (not his real name). When Mike and I met Phil we immediately liked him. But we could tell that he had just come through some pretty rough waters. We came to find out that Phil had recently gone through a heartbreaking and painful divorce and to top it off also found himself in the midst of a failed business. We met him as a 52 years old man, lonely, unemployed and totally defeated, someone who had no hope for anything better in his future. He was lost and paralyzed about what to do next.

One morning I emailed him the following excerpt from The Noticer:

Take a deep breath. … People who can breathe … they are alive.

If you’re breathing, you are still alive. If you are alive, then you are still here, physically on this planet. If you are still here, then you have not completed what you were put on the earth to do. If you have not completed what you were put on earth to do . . . that means your very purpose has not yet been fulfilled. If your purpose has not yet been fulfilled, then the most important part of your life has not yet been lived. And if the most important part of your life has not yet been lived . . . if the most important part of your life is ahead of you, then, even during the worst times, one can be assured that there is more laughter ahead, more success to be look forward to, more children to teach and help, more friends to touch and influence.

There is proof of hope . . . for more.

~ Andy Andrews (The Noticer pg 83-85)

I followed up by sending him a copy of the book. Several days later I began to get emails from him.

The first email came in response to my question, “Are you liking The Noticer?” His response to me was, I love it! ‘Taking it to the games tomorrow to share with my friends there. … I’m smiling.

A couple of days later he wrote:

I am really just starting to believe… It is a matter of my perspective. I have had a wrong perspective for so long and I am excited about my future. Right now… Things are financially about as low as they can go; but everything else is so much better! Thanks to you and Michael for your gift of kindness. And really, I just don’t know how to say it, but I am feeling better. I have a long way to go… But I am looking forward to my journey like never before. I hope this is not temporary or fleeting thing.

When I saw him later that week, it was obvious that a deep, inner transformation was taking place. His circumstances hadn’t changed but his perspective of them was definitely changing and I could see it right on his face! The eyes don’t lie.

A few days later he jotted off this quick note to me: I just realized I am suffering from self-pity. That’s great! I was able to recognize it for what it is and that made me smile and feel better! This perspective stuff works!

And last night this little nugget showed up in my inbox: ‘Middle of  pg 133 just hit me right between the eyes. Thanks for being God’s delivery vehicle!

Upon finishing the book Phil shared these words: One thing I did know before reading The Noticer is that I needed help with the subject of perspective. So with my mechanical pencil in hand, I picked up the book and started my own conversation with Jones [the main character in the story]—God, incarnate for me. I needed to see my life from a different point of view. God’s point of view.” Phil is gaining a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)

Phil is really like you and me. “All people—all lives—are either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or headed for a crisis.” (The Noticer pg 31, 83). What we need, to make it through a crisis, is hope and perspective. Phil said to me, last night, “No matter how bad the choices and decisions (note I did not say mistakes) I have made in my life thus far, the good news is that it is from here that the best part of my life is designed to start.” That is a different perspective. That is hope.

This book will, make a difference in your life. I’m convinced of it. And it will make a difference in the lives of your friends. After you read it, ask yourself the question: Can I think of five people, right now, whom I’d like to give the book to?” I guarantee you will come up with at least five names. You’ll want to pass it on, to someone like Phil—like you and me.

For those of us in the midst of a relationship crisis, financial crisis, health crisis, or any kind of crisis, who need to begin rebuilding our lives, remember these words from Andy, “Rebuild with a grateful heart. You may have lost a house, but you did not lose your home. Remember, you are still breathing . . .”  (The Noticer pg 95).

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41 Responses to “Take A Deep Breath (My thoughts on Andy Andrews’ The Noticer)”

  1. I loved the noticer as well! I reviewed it on my blog at http://fablefreak.wordpress.com check out what I thought of it!

  2. I just finished reading this book, and being only 18, I still found it very life changing in a sense. Okay, maybe not quite that inspiring but what book is, right? But it did give a different “perspective” on life. I thought it was more than what I think it is now after reading what someone else posted, “I was wondering…who says the best is yet to come? Jones? False Hope…it devastates lives…just like the prosperity gospel. The answer: Jesus. I would think your Christian faith would commit you to making sure that people are pointed in the right direction. Certainly the plagerism by Andy Andrews…using Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages is less than honest. If you’re supporting pointing hurting people anywhere other than God and the cross…you’re pointing them in the wrong direction. We as Christians are held accountable. We are responsible for making sure the Bible is not twisted as it is in this book. It will only lead those who are “astray,” further away. It is a shame. But hey, it will sell and make a nice profit…Why? Because you’re telling people what they “want” to hear…not what they “need” to hear.”

    This makes a ton of sense. Now someone other than a Christian wrote this book, it would be different, but coming from Andy, God should have been mentioned way more than he was (Once, that I remember). The book focused more on Jones being an almost “Christ-like” character. Never the less, it is a very well written, interesting book.

    One more thing, The thing I hate the most about his book is that it’s part fiction. COME ON NOW!!! How are you going to make a book like this part-non fiction? It leaves everyone questioning what was real about the story and what wasn’t. Might as well assume that the only real thing about it is that there was an old man named Jones who lived in Orange Beach, Alabama. I’d like to know whats true about this book and see how good it is then.

    • Thank you so much for entering into the conversation here. I appreciate your comments.

      If you weren’t able to read all of the comments above, I encourage you to do so. Especaily my reponse that I posted on April 28th, and the seveal that follow. Others have very thoughtful responses worth reading.

      I agree with you that Jesus Christ—the son of the Living God, the second person of the Trinity—is the only answer, our ultimate desination. He is all and is in all. He reveals himself to people in an infinite number of ways. Sometimes through “story,” factual, fiction and both.

      I truly believe that Andy’s work is leading many to the Creator of all created beings—the alpha and the omega.
      I know this because I am friends with Andy he’s shared many many stories of people who have come to Christ through his writings, precicely because some are a little obscure. This is Andy’s unique calling, his unique contribution to the kingdom of God. Andy is a man who desires to be used of God however He sees fit.

      I know God is creating in you, your unique contribution. I love your heart for Him.

      Thanks so much for your thoughts. I will consider them and wish you all the best.

  3. I came across this because our book club is reading this for December 09 discussion. I will share this link with them, as I think it would interest them to see your discussion.

    I finished the book and thought it was very simple and to the point, yet there was no reason to make it more complicated. One doesn’t have to be complicated to be insightful, right? It was very thought provoking.

    I am glad that you addressed “Ann’s” concerns the way you did, because everyone should feel comfortable expressing their own take on it, even if you don’t agree with their take. I actually can see a little bit of what she is saying, but I don’t think Andy’s book really means to be another “The Secret”. I think there is a difference in a real “prosperity gospel” and just living a positive and abundant life.

    I did notice that he seemed to be careful not to have many outwardly Christian references in the book, and this may be so it would not “turn off” nonbelievers. I have mixed feelings about that. I know it is hard to get them to look at anything that they see as pushing Christianity on them, but yet I don’t know that we should be afraid to refer to it. What do you all think about that aspect of it? I’d love to hear Andy’s thoughts on that, too.

  4. Hi Britt,

    He truly is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I’m blessed to call him my friend. And … what you see is what you get. He’s married to an amazing woman and has two of the cutiest, spunkiest boys you can imagine. They’re adorable. (Don’t tell them I said that. I should say they stink really bad.)

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m hoping to ramp up the writing again. I’ve been too distracted lately, but it’s time I focused on writing again.

    Warm regards,
    Gail

  5. Just love this book! I got the privilege to interview him. One of the nicest men I have ever met!

  6. I found your blog today. Great post!

  7. OK…I tried to place my comment in this discussion yesterday, but could not get it out. Here is what I have to say- –

    I am only two chapters into this book and already my soul has been stirred and my perspective has been shifted. My son is listening to this on audio with me and he said after the first chapter, “Mom, my perspective already feels like it is changing.” HE IS TEN! He struggles with negativity and anger (hereditary) despite our best efforts to point him to the Lord and/or scripture. I think this is putting arms and legs to things he has heard for years… admittedly, it is doing the same for me. :)

    Just last week before starting this book, we were having some behavioral problems with him and I refrenced the love language concept, asking him how it is that he feels loved the most. He said time spent with us and that he was feeling ignored because I had been sick all week. WOW! I tried to explain the Love Languages to him, but he couldn’t quite grasp it! So the timing of this book is perfect in that I can use it as a beautiful object lesson for something he is having a hard time wrapping his mind around.

    Also, my husband and I read the Love Language book during our first year of marriage and it was very valuable to us at the time, but I fear we have lost some of the purpose behind the intent of that concept. I am glad to have a reminder of it’s values in story form and from a life perspective. Most people learn best from other people’s experiences anyway. (wait– I think I stole that from this book) :)

    Anyway, just wanted to share my experience on the “unofficial” review site for the Noticer. Thanks for opening your blog up to this discussion…and Andy, if you are reading. Once again, you have inspired my family to the action of NOT NORMAL!

    xoxo
    Shellee

  8. Patsy,

    ‘Sorry I’m just answering your question, “… just wondering, would you compare it in any way to The Shack?”

    No. I think the two are completely diferent books.

    I hope you get a copy. I know you’ll like it. I’d love to hear your thoughts when you’re finished.

  9. The Secret Life of Kat,
    “…waved them down, invited them in for tea…” Very funny!

    Charles
    Well said.

    “May this day bring you new levels of happiness, hope and Peace.”

  10. Wow, Gail. In all my years of blog reading and writing, I’ve never seen a more gracious handling of a negative “drive by comment.” In fact, you waved them down, invited them in for tea and befriended them.

    I agree with the commenter who said you would be a good mentor for young women. I’ve learned a great deal from you just via Twitter. Thanks for sharing your life and your wisdom.

  11. Gail, thank you for your review. Also, thank you to Anonymous for your thoughts and concerns regarding the book, The Noticer. While not necessarily your intentions, your disagreement with the content has challenged me to more closely examine various aspects of the book.

    My thoughts: What is the difference between a sunrise and a sunset . . . your perspective. The sun is in the same location in the sky, but depending on your perspective it is either a sunrise, sunset, or somewhere between. My point: I believe The Noticer will impact different lives different ways – and is very capable of encouraging people, regardless of where they are in their relationship with Jesus. It is not the responsibility of ANY book to save people. However, I believe most books can spur thought and conversation . . . which leaves folks like you and I to invest into lives and share of the saving love of Jesus.

    I found great encouragement in this book and never felt it was intended to be a “come to Jesus or burn in hell” publication. In my life, it has already become a tool (conversationally, thus far. Soon to send many books to friends), that is spurring on conversation. I feel very safe sending this book to friends who are not followers of Jesus. And I know, full well, in depth conversation will result from their having read it. And, even if it never resulted in one conversation with me personally, I believe the message of Hope and the encouragement to have a different perspective on your circumstances is one that anyone can benefit from.

    As for Thomas Nelson being a “Christian publisher,” I thought they were a publishing company that primarily published materials with Christian values. Is the company denominationally based (I truly don’t know, nor do I really care)? What is more, the non-Christian friends I give this book to have no concern about the publisher. While I believe this book is beneficial to Christians, I’m less concerned with equipping Christians and more concerned with reaching non-Christians. This book can accomplish this!

    My last thought: I understand the concern for plagerism in publishing. However, I’m not sure any of us have “original” thoughts. The “keep your fork” idea . . . I had no idea it was in a “Chicken Soup” book. I first read it in a chain e-mail which did not give the “original” source. “Love Language” . . . same thing. (Is it any different for Pastors who develop sermons on a weekly basis?) I heard someone say one time: “I milk a lot of cows, but I churn my own butter.” Thank you, Andy Andrews, for sharing your butter with me.

    Thank you, all, for the stimulating dialogue. May this day bring you new levels of happiness, hope and Peace.

  12. Hi Gail,

    This may well be my first blog post! woo hoo! I sense your heart in all this, and I can also see where “Ann” is coming from. Speaking ignorantly since I have not yet read The Noticer, I am just wondering, would you compare it in any way to The Shack?

  13. Yes, Gail, you can call me Ann…and I appreciate your willingness to discuss the issues this book raises among its readers. My prayer is that it DOES draw people to God…more importantly that they see Christ as the answer to their problems. We as Christians do have such an enormous responsibility. I am thankful that you are a woman of God and live your life as such without becoming bitter, angry, and defensive when in a discussion of faith. As you said, “now on with the journey.” May God bless you abundantly through it. :)
    In Him,
    Ann

  14. Annonymous (I do agree with Gail, you really should use a name) I’m having a hard time grasping what your real concerns are here. Maybe you are a person who really needs the dots connected in stories you read and this story does leave the reader to draw their own conclusions, that is often what provokes ‘thought’.

    I was only a few pages into the book (I only started it this morning) when I made the connection that “Jones” is a metaphorical representation of “God” in our lives. We often refer to the ‘hand of God’ in our lives, Andy Andrews created a see it, touch it, feel it “hand”.

    Yes, the best is yet to come, on earth and in heaven. We know for sure that the best is yet to come in heaven but we don’t know that for sure on earth, that is what keeps us in the Treasure Hunt (probably one reason I love Gail’s name for her blog). The very phrase inspires hope, just like your new President inspired hope and managed to get elected. Hope drives us forward, despair drives us into a hole if we’re not careful.

    As for people being able to move mountains. I should sure hope so. The Holy Spirit dwells within each of us enabling us to do God’s work in our lives and others. That work doesn’t get done unless each individual is willing to enter into the work to move the mountains. We can have all the belief and faith in God in the world but until we have faith in ourselves and others, that faith lies stagnate unable to move even an anthill in my opinion.

  15. Gail, your graciousness shines through even in controversy! The other posters here have covered it well too. While I haven’t read Andy’s book yet, I HAVE read the Bible and I’m overjoyed to say the best IS yet to come! Even in trials, God turns it out for good in our lives.

  16. Dear, dear Anonymous, “spam” is not a good enough reason to not identify yourself when you’re standing up for what you believe in as it relates to the Lord or anything you’re passionate about for that matter, but ESPECIALLY your faith.

    I agree with a previous poster, drive-by commentary? Hardly worth reading. Arm-chair quarterback remaining nameless? Doesn’t get my ear. Sorry, dude, I quit reading at hello!

    Anything you say past that falls on deaf ears. Please consider your perspective when “preaching” to people. It turns them off and that is not pleasing to you know WHO.

    He died for you and you represent him in anonymity? Seriously?

  17. Ann, (May I call you Ann? I think we’re on a first-name basis now …)

    Thank you for caring. Thank you for taking the time to engage and draw others into a discussion. (It’s the first time there’s been anything semi-controversial on my blog. I feel like a real blogger now.) This has been fun.

    I appreciate your perspective and you’ve made some valid points. “A good writer has to be able to convey a message without [the reader] having to know the “behind the scenes” motivations and convictions.” This is very true. Knowing Andy, it was not a stretch for me to see what he was “really” saying.

    What I know is the this book is waking people up. God is using it to heal wounds, restore relationships, and give people hope and faith to not give up on life or on God. And best of all, it’s drawing people into a deeper relationship with the Saviour. Maybe not all, but many. Just ask Phil.

    Thank you very much for your prayers. Mine are with you as well. May God bless you and shower His love on you.

    Now, on with the journey. :-)

  18. Thank you Gail…and you’re right about all you say…and our different perspectives cause us to dig deeper into our faith. Giving explanation for our faith is part of our faithwalk. I agree that those kinds of “inferences” COULD be made from this book…but the message throughout…as many have said…was extremely confusing. But all that aside…like you said…you know him personally…the majority don’t. A good writer has to be able to convey a message without having to know the “behind the scenes” motivations and convictions. This book was just too similar to the “I’m a God” prosperity gospel and “new age spirituality” books. Unfortunately. I think the larger problem lies in the printing of a book where most of its content was derived from other sources and was not cited at all! (as I stated with “Keep Your Fork”-by Roger William Thomas. The reason the whole thing is confusing in Andrews’ twist of it and reuse of it was that he left out the “Christian” part of the story…so you’re left with…”who says the best is yet to come?” In the original…you DEFINITELY know what it’s all about. Just as you’ve stated…heaven…living eternally! It is an awesome thing for those of us who are saved. We have to make sure we don’t tip toe around our convictions so as not to lead others astray. I definitely appreciate your willingness to discuss…although I’m sure you have ALOT more going on! :) Like you said…I think discussion is good…I guess I’m kind of like Jones…taking a vested interest in people’s lives…but the truth of the matter is…it doesn’t matter who I am…I’m a Christ follower trying to make a difference in the lives of others.

    Praying for you and your family. May God bless you beyond measure in all that you do to glorify Him. It appears you glorify Him alot. :)

  19. My thanks to Mindy, Paula, Mark and Chris for entering the conversation with Anonymous. (I still think if one is going to speak with such conviction that he/she should be willing to put a face and name behind the words.) I’m rather new to blogging, but this is what I love about it. It gets people to engage. To dialog. To think and consider.

    There’s not a lot more I can add to what has already been well said. But I do want to comment of the phrase “the best is yet to come.” When I think of this in the context of the Scriptures and in the context of Andy’s book, I’m not lead to think of the prosperity gospel. On the contrary, the message I get is that experiencing the best in life has little to do with our physical circumstances at all—everything going our own way. It has to do with getting out of a place of entitlement and self-pity and into a place of hope and selflessness. Andy uses Jones to shake us out of our defeated, self-centered myopic world and show us that our life can be seen from an entirely different perspective—one filled with hope, forgiveness, and healing. That is the gospel.

    The best is yet to come. Yes, this means an eternity to be spent with the Creator of the Universe who loves us without measure and gave His very life for us. But the best is also meant to be lived now, on earth, in the meantime. Joy (the “best”) is not the absence of suffering but the presence of God. Andy doesn’t come out and say this with Scripture verses and religious buzz words. He does it in story, in parable. “He who has ears to hear let him hear.”

    Anonymous, please forgive me if I have offended you in any way. At this point we may have to disagree on the purpose of The Noticer and the motive of Andy’s writing. I know the man and I know He loves God and strives, admirably, to be a faithful steward of the gifts that God has given him. To God be the glory.

  20. Gail,

    Thank you for being a woman who provokes great discussion and debate and does not run from it. This is a great article with a lot of great comments. You are woman confident in God’s grace and love and mercy and most of all His power. Huge mountains in my life have been moved by Him because He has given me the choice to choose faith in Him to move them. The best is yet to come!!!!

  21. Not that I want to enter into a debate – but Jesus often used parables to teach the people. I know each learner has a different learning style – some “hear” more clearly in different formats. God uses Christian fiction to reveal the application of His truth to me. One quick example, Francine River’s book, Redeeming Love, helped me understand God’s unconditional love more clearly than all my years in Sunday School. Just a thought…

  22. The problem with the “best is yet to come” is that this was taken from Roger William Thomas’ story, “Keep Your Fork” first published in:
    “A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for Soul: 101 More Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit” ISBN: 1558743790 Health Communications, Inc. 1996 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

    In Roger Williams’ story, the message was clear…the conversation was between a dying woman and a preacher. The reference was clearly to heaven and a saved woman. Andrews DOES NOT allude to this. In Andrews’ book, “the best is yet to come” is ridiculous……I mean, “says who? ” Jones? As one reviewer stated…the way our society clings to “popular” spirituality…we’ll soon be saying, “What Would Jones Do?” (instead of What Would Jesus Do?) And if you assumed that Andrews was talking about heaven…is the best yet to come for people who just have a good perspective??? LOTS of holes here…lots of misleading material and unfortuantely MANY people…even Christians are deceived. Isn’t it much more enjoyable to believe in the “prosperity gospel” …it’s what people WANT to hear…and people want to believe in the power of “positive thinking.” (i.e. The Secret) If those things worked…we’d all be rich and our world would certainly not be in the chaos it’s in.

    The problem is…just like the five love languages…Andrews took it, changed it up a little and then used it as his own without even citing the resources in the back of the book. Ouch. It’s just hard to believe that there are so many instances where the author has used other’s ideas and not given them credit. This is not a Christian book…it is a “new age spirituality” “self help” “inspirational” book. If it would have been classified as such, there would not be so many negative comments coming from reviewers who are devoted Christians concerned with the cause of Christ. They’d right it off as “junk” just like all the other “self help” fluff that is published in mainstream publishing. This book is a problem for the largest Christian publisher in the world. It is a shame.

  23. Thank you for your thoughts about The Noticer – I agree with you and encouage people to read this book.

    But most of all I want to thank you for being a woman who is full of grace; something that I, as an outsider, have enjoyed learning about you from our Twitter and Facebook networking tools. Your love for God speaks volumes, as does the love your friends and family have for you. From the things that I have gathered, you are an intelligent woman who continues to learn and expand her mind.

    I read some of the info you wrote about yourself on Fb just recently and thought, this is a woman who would be such a great mentor to younger women. (even though we are the same age – I did think I would like to be like you when I grow up).

    All this to say – thanks for sharing yourself with so many. God bless you!

  24. Related to Gary Chapman’s work, Andrews gives full credit to Chapman in the acknowledgments. Written in a fictional style, it is inappropriate to use footnotes or endnotes to give attribution.

    Personally, I thought, “What, Andrews can’t come up with anything on his own?” Later, I thought that this would be a powerful tool for introducing Dr. Chapman’s work to thousands who might not otherwise hear it. I can’t wait to see the leap in sales for Dr. Chapman’s work because of this exposure.

    Related to your observation that Andrews “twists” the Bible, I have two thoughts.

    First, the idea that “the best is yet to come.” When I read that in the book, my first thought was heaven. I sure hope it’s a lot better than here. The Bible paints it so beautifully and hopefully, that I want to go there. Some days, I want to get there quicker than others. After I thought about heaven, I thought about Philippians 1:6 which reads, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (ESV). My sanctification is a work in process. I am justified fully and will be glorified, but I’m being sanctified now. As God works in my life, I am becoming more and more like Him. I am growing more in the image of Christ. To me, the best is yet to come. The idea “the best is yet to come” could be applied in many passages that talk about God’s plan for our lives. His plan may be for us to live similar lives to Betsy ten Boom. I wonder if we could ask her if “the best” of life was in the watch shop or in Ravensbruck? From the eternal perspective, she would probably say Ravensbruck. While it boggles the hedonistic Western mind, God’s best is yet to come.

    Secondly, Andrews makes me think. I don’t turn to him for careful division of God’s Word or theological treatise. Neither do I turn to John Eldredge or Don Miller (two other Nelson authors) for the same. But I read all three with enthusiasm because they poke me, prod me, upset me, anger me, and make me debate with them. I hold more strongly to my convictions and beliefs because of the way Andrews (and Eldredge and Miller) make me think.

    The full quote from Andrews via Jones is:
    “At this very moment, you possess the power of perspective. You can choose to see your life becoming whatever you wish. If you so choose, you can move the mountains in your life’s path with the eventual help of those who will come to love you and learn to respect you for what you are becoming.”

    When I read the book, I didn’t take these mountains as the biblical mountains discussed by Jesus. I saw these as self made obstacles. What if Andrews had said “self-made trash heaps” or “imagined, rusty track hurdles” or “pile of failures”?

    I’ve got a lot of junk in my path. Part of God’s work in my life is pushing me into community with others to help me shovel my stuff out of my way. The full quote pulls in the idea of community.

    To anonymous: Read Andrews to be challenged, to be poked. Read John Piper, D.A. Carson, and Bryan Chapell for the theological goods.

  25. Here are my thoughts on what “anonymous” has to say in regards to the author’s text: “If you so choose, you can move the mountains in your life’s path.” As Christians, we are called to encourage people. Personally I love to tell people I believe in them. For example, I said to my daughter, Ellie, yesterday, “You can do it! I know you can.” I was trying to encourage her to make the right decision to accomplish what she was trying to accomplish. The wonderful thing about God is that He gives us the option to choose. By Andrews saying, “If you so choose, you can move the mountains in your life’s path,” I don’t believe he is contradicting the Bible. Rather encouraging us and reiterating it. God does let us choose. It doesn’t mean we become “mini-Gods” or lessen any of His power. He gives us the POWER to “move mountains”, but ultimates we have to CHOOSE that. And don’t we also have to CHOOSE faith? Our faith in God does indeed move mountains, but we have to choose that. I personally believe Andrews is in agreement with scripture. The point isn’t that WE have power, but that we allow God’s power to work through us.

  26. Gail,

    This sounds like a good book. I’ve been following both you and Michael on Twitter, so hearing some of the quotes from it.

    As a psychotherapist, I often helped depressed people with regaining perspective. It’s more than this, but depression can be characterized as a loss of perspective.

    But all of us need God’s perspective on our lives, depressed or not.

    Blessings.

  27. Anonymous,

    I really do respect your concerns and I want to respond to them. Today is a really busy day … I should already be knocking things off my list … but alas, I’m still here – haha.

    But this evening I’m going to sit down a put a few of my thoughts together. I hope to offer you a little different perspective.

    I appreciate your comments, I’m glad you feel free to share them.

  28. Gail, thank you so much for responding. I just usually don’t “sign” up and give out my email to entities…I get enough spam as it is. I assure you my only reason for posting was in deep concern for those who are lost reading this book and having the largest Christian Publisher in the world marketing it’s message that contradicts and twists the Bible. For example, the author says, “If you so choose, you can move the mountains in your life’s path.” Isn’t this a Biblical principle twisted…Jesus said it was our faith in GOD that would move mountains. (Matthew 17:20) All of a sudden…we’re being sent a message here, not unlike “The Secret” that we are basically “mini Gods.” WE determine our destiny…that’s certainly far from biblical. That’s just ONE example…there are many. It just really surprised me to see this published by Thomas Nelson. Biblically, as Christians, we are told to hold one another accountable to the faith we profess…and I guess that was all I wanted to mention to you. Thomas Nelson has a HUGE impact on the world and therefore holds enormous responsibility. I am thrilled to see that you are open minded enough to discuss…many would just simply not reply. I assure you I am a woman after God’s own heart with one goal in mind…to lead people to Christ. I admire Thomas Nelson greatly and through your reply, now have an admiration for your distinguished character in being willing to discuss the issues. May God bless you beyond measure!

  29. I’m pondering your comment on “the best is yet to come.” You bring up a very challenging point. My mind is filling up with thoughts. To be continued …

    One question though: If you feel strongly about this why would you post under the name anonymous? It kind of feels like a drive-by commenting.

  30. Dear Anonymous,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I, too, noticed Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages being alluded to in the book. However, it didn’t bother me. I didn’t get the sense that Andy was plagerising Gary. Infact it was a confirmation to me that Gary’s “languages” have become a part of our everyday speech and conventional wisdom. I loved Gary’s book and find his principles extremely helpful. I see them coming up in coversation all the time in my circles. The discussion in Andy’s book was a conversation. I think it would have seemed akward to reference Gary in the midst of it. (I do think it would be helpful to reference books or passages in “for further reading” section at the back. I’ll suggest that to publisher. ) I know Andy’s heart and he certainly would never want to deprive another of his due. I took it as a compliment to Gary. His lanuages now are a part of the very fabric of our society.

  31. I was wondering…who says the best is yet to come? Jones? False Hope…it devastates lives…just like the prosperity gospel. The answer: Jesus. I would think your Christian faith would commit you to making sure that people are pointed in the right direction. Certainly the plagerism by Andy Andrews…using Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages is less than honest. If you’re supporting pointing hurting people anywhere other than God and the cross…you’re pointing them in the wrong direction. We as Christians are held accountable. We are responsible for making sure the Bible is not twisted as it is in this book. It will only lead those who are “astray,” further away. It is a shame. But hey, it will sell and make a nice profit…Why? Because you’re telling people what they “want” to hear…not what they “need” to hear.

    • Anon! Thank you for being a – voice of reason! Crying out for more of God’s TRUTH! (in the wilderness of the new age un-scriptual errors) Instead of insisting that mankinds efforts and “thoughts”? Are now the puppeters of Holy Triune Creator Living Unique God? Sadly these are now becoming the leaders of many of todays Conterfeit Revivals and Heads Of the most popular churches. The entire Body Of Christ is being infiltrated by these false teachers. And book authors becoming the newest “church”! And ad on that Andy Andrews goes on Hay House (demonsRus) radio to promote his messages? And has them printing his book? Something is so wrong here. This man is now rubbin elbows with fraud gods and self christs. And granting them interviews? All I have to say is: Beware of False Prophets trying to make a PROFIT! And deceiving Christains into thinking The Gospel is all about being ‘positive” and fun to be around. Ending in egoic “thougts” able to change all circumstances. I wonder how Andy would have reacted to watching how each of The Disciples lives ended. Guess he would have “blamed them” as not having enough “positive thoughts” as to how they all ended up martyred for The Cause Of Christ.

  32. Wow. Your words are very kind. Thanks be to God. It’s people like you that inspire anything good in me. I’m glad you are in my life.

  33. Wow. What a beautiful story! Phil sounds like a courageous, teachable guy. He is lucky to have you and Michael in his life. This book was the perfect gift.

    You know you are a Jones, right? You see things in people and you call them out in the most winsome and encouraging ways. You love deeply enough to provide gentle, loving correction when necessary. You offer priceless wisdom. And you are relentless in your belief in people.

    Thanks for being Jones in my life. I will do my best to pass it on.

    I love you.

    Shelia

  34. Thanks Melissa. It’s is a powerful book. Simple. Different. But smacks you right between the eyes. Definitely a keeper.

  35. Oh MY Goodness…I HAVE to get my hands on this book, I can think of at least 10 people that NEED this book RIGHT NOW, me included!!!

    Thanks so much for your words, your insight, and the heads up on this book…it looks like a WINNER!

    xoxo,
    Melissa in Mel’s World

  36. Gail — great job of articulating the hope found in The Noticer! Thanks for being a “PC” friend — perspective changer! I love having your perspective on things! Love you friend!

  37. What a touching story, Gail! Can’t wait to read the book myself!

  38. Thanks, Phil. Thanks for letting me share your story. You’re a courageous man. “Keep your fork … the best is yet to come!” (pg 149)

  39. Beautifully done Gail as always!

    I hope people take the time to purchase and read The Noticer. Then if they would just take your suggestion to make a difference, and invest in someone else, by giving it as a gift. You never know who will be the ONE who needs it most. What a different world it could be!

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