What I liked about The Noticer
The Noticer was the first book that Thomas Nelson Publishers tried in their NelsonFree program. NelsonFree was an attempt at encouraging the purchase of hardback books. With the purchase of a hardback you would get a code to receive the ebook and the mp3 audiobook free for download. Here is Michael Hyatt’s announcement. I think it was a great concept. It is the reason I bought this book. I would have never purchased this book, but I knew that my brother in law and mother in law had enjoyed the previous book by Andy Andrews. So when I saw the program and that this book would give me a copy, I immediately bought it. I gave the hardback to my brother in law and he passed it on to my mother in law and I downloaded the ebook. I never did download the audiobook. But I loved the concept of NelsonFree. Unfortunately, I think the program must not have done that well because there is no mention of it on Thomas Nelson’s website. There is a NelsonFree page, but it is just where you go to get the free ebook and/or audiobook. There is not a list of NelsonFree books that I have been able to find and no current description of the program that I could find. I do appreciate that Thomas Nelson seems to try to change, but it seems NelsonFree has gone away.
What I did not like about The Noticer
What I did not like was the book. Obviously I am not like most people. I couldn’t finish The Noticer. I know a lot of people liked it. I am glad they did. It has some decent advice in it. Getting people to think about others instead of themselves, getting them to take responsibility for themselves, getting them to think about how to learn from their past, not to worry, be thankful for what they have, etc., are all great things. But it feels like the Noticer is just recycled advice from half the best self help books of the last decade. Five Love Languages was completely ripped off, although he only used four love languages and gave them animal names to throw you off, but it was just Five Love Languages. I admit I stopped at half way. I was just getting irritated and not getting anything out of it. Maybe I am just in a bad reading place, but I gave up.