The Noticer Returns | An Interview With Andy Andrews

It’s no secret that New York Times Bestselling Author, Andy Andrews is one of my favorites.  After being introduced to his Seven Decisions in 2006, I was blown away!  His books and principles have been such a huge influence in my life over the past 7 years.  To think that, at one point in time, Andy was homeless, living under a pier simply astounds me!  I am grateful that during the worst time in his life he sought wisdom and chose to take action.  In fact, his influence is one of the main reasons why this blog exists!  If you’re one of my readers, I can promise you that you will LOVE Andy.

This week Andy released his newest novel, The Noticer Returns.

The Noticer Returns

The Noticer Returns

In the book, Andy crafts a story like no other and dives right into an essential part of our culture today, parenting.  Having 3 boys myself, I’m so grateful for his perspective and principles.  In the book, he also addresses the topics of loss and employment.

I truly think this book can change your life.  I am so confident in the power of the perspective and principles in it that I want YOU to read it!  In fact, I’m giving away 30 copies for FREE!

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Here is the interview with Andy – Have an awesome day! – MH

NYT Best-Selling Author, Andy Andrews. Image by Christy Haynes

NYT Best-Selling Author, Andy Andrews. Image by Christy Haynes

What is The Noticer Returns about?

The Noticer Returns is about a mysterious old man named Jones who changes the lives of a group of ordinary families. Jones does this by “noticing” little things about people and life that most people miss. He is the “Noticer” to which the title refers. He uses that gift of noticing to give these parents an entirely new perspective on what raising children is all about.

Jones is actually based on a real person I met when I was a homeless 23-year- old living under a pier on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. His name really was Jones (“Not Mr. Jones, just Jones,” he’d always say) and he really did call himself a Noticer. He is one of the main reasons why I’m not still sleeping under a pier today.

Who would benefit from reading this book?

Anyone who wants to provide “the best” for their children, grandchildren, or any children whom they influence.

What exactly is “the best”?

There are many “good”s and “better”s, but there is only one “best.” And that is what Jones challenges several of the book’s characters to define. Curiously, when they do define it, they are left with a list of standards that even people of diverse beliefs can all agree are results they desire their children to have. As for what this list contains, you’ll have to read the book to find out!

Why did you choose to write this book in the form of a story?

Two reasons:

1. It’s a lot more interesting to learn and discover real-life principles when they are revealed in the form of a story. Readers get to see the principles played out in the characters’ lives. It’s also a lot easier to convince people to read an entertaining story than any other type of book!

2. The smart authors write non-fiction. Ha!

What’s the most important thing parents will learn from this book?

Parents are going to find answers to several questions that they haven’t even thought to ask.

There are so many common occurrences in raising children that people just can’t seem to figure out. For example, we all can think of at least one kid who had great parents, a great family, and an all-around great childhood…who suddenly went crazy as soon as he left the house for college or adulthood. And nobody can figure out how or why it happened!

So the most important thing parents will learn is how to parent according to principles that have already been harnessed by parents who have raised great kids…who go on to become great adults. It’s going to show readers how to pass a way of thinking down to their children so those children actually understand how to make good decisions when mom and dad are no longer around.

What are some unexpected surprises in the book?

Without revealing too much, I’ll say that Jones provides some much needed perspective on one issue that affects a lot of people and one issue that affects all people—Alzheimer’s Disease and death. I won’t say anything more! But I think readers will definitely be surprised in a good way.

What is the most common mistake parents are making?

The biggest mistakes most parents make (and believe me, I’m guilty of these too) seem very inconsequential. They’re little, day-to-day things that, at the moment, don’t seem like a big deal. For example, a few weeks ago I was explaining how to do something to my son, Austin. This was something I had explained before, and something that he didn’t think needed to be explained again, so while I was talking, he said, “I know I know I know.”

Now, at that moment, I could have done two things. The convenient thing would have been for me to put an angry look on my face and say, “Don’t speak that way to me. It’s disrespectful and I’m your father and you will respect me.” And that would have been the end of the conversation.

The inconvenient thing to do—which is what I ended up doing—was to explain a few things to Austin:

1. Saying,“I know I know I know,” while an adult is talking to you is disrespectful.

2. You are not a disrespectful kid, so I would hate for another adult to overhear you speaking to me that way and label you as disrespectful.

3. People who are labeled as disrespectful do not get the same opportunities afforded to those who are labeled as respectful.

This slightly longer conversation not only corrected the problem, but it allowed me to show Austin the thinking behind why I was correcting the problem. Now, not only does he know that behavior is disrespectful, but he has a better understanding of why being respectful will benefit him as he gets older.

In the grand scheme of things, this seems like a small deal. And since we’re told over and over not to “sweat the small stuff,” we naturally think it shouldn’t concern us too much. Over time, however, those little things that we gloss over as parents end up painting the bigger picture of our children’s lives as they become adults. And that’s where I think so many parents get tripped up—taking extra time to illustrate their thought process.

What did you learn from writing this book?

I learned that even a small amount of perspective can change our lives. Because even the smallest amount of perspective can change how we are able to navigate hard times.

Please visit Andy’s site at and share the gift of perspective!


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  • You can just hand deliver mine! 🙂

  • think I know several in Georgia that could benefit from the insight!

  • Chris Hoenig

    Thank you Matt for inspiring me to do more everyday! Would love to read this book!

  • Pam

    Hey Matt, I would love to have a copy to give Bryan. Love your blogs!

    • Thanks for sharing Miss Pam – I’ll get one to you! Tell Bryan and RB hello for me!

  • Jason

    Thanks Matt, would love a free copy.

    • Sure Jason! Thanks for sharing! Shoot me your contact info!

  • Kerry & Joe

    Would be great to read, sounds very interesting 🙂

    • Hey Kerry! Thanks for sharing! Shoot me your address and I’ll put one in the mail for you guys! Tell Joe hello for me!

  • Ashley


  • Having lived in Gulf Shores, AL for a time and able to relate to the places and characters of which Andy speaks, I would love to have a copy of “The Noticer Returns.”

    • Hey Gary that is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! Be sure to follow the three steps and get me your contact information!

  • “The Noticer” is the first book I read from Andy. Many of his books are such blessings that you want to share them, which is the definition of a blessing. Andy has such a heart for parents, and bettering our culture. More people need to read his stuff!

    • Thanks Logan so true! Anyone who reads and the stuff has to be grateful for his perspective!

  • loved the interview. I can’t wait to read Mr Andrews new book

  • Javier Molina

    I have read a number of Andy’s books and have had the pleasure of hearing him in person. Love his stories and looking forward to reading his latest book.

    • Javier I can say that I’m jealous having never heard him in person! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sharron Wood

    Shared on Facebook! I’ve read several other of Andy’s books. Can’t wait to read this one!

    • Awesome Sharon – I really appreciate it! Please be sure to send me your contact info!

  • I am looking forward to learning more from Jones in The Noticer Returns.

    • And continuing to Stan! Thanks!

  • bbattles

    An awesome book – whether or not you are a parent (and posted on FB).

  • sounds awesome.

    • I’ve got one going to your dad can send one to you as well brother!

  • Tim Zigler

    Everyone needs to read this book!

    • Tim Zigler

      Shared it!

    • Agreed!

  • Jennifer Guzman

    I look at evey day differently now since I’ve read the first book The Noticier and felt so powerful after reading it and looking forward to reading more about Jones and am excited to know how he comes back. I have given everyone the first book with a packet of seeds and love getting the emails at the end saying I now understand the packets of seeds. Looking forward to reading. Thanks ! Jennifer

    • Man Jennifer what an awesome story! Thanks for sharing!

  • Teresa Hyde

    I’m very excited to get a copy of this book and read it as a mom of 2 entering High School & the other tackling beginning college courses. We are praying for guidance in our future steps as we desire to move out of our comfort zones into God’s amazing unknown.

    • It sounds like you’re walking the right path Teresa!

  • Kathi Palmer

    Shared! Thank you!

  • Jennifer Guzman

    Would love a free copy, Jennifer

  • Just shared:)

  • Matt great write up and interview. I look very forward to reading this book. I shared the link and would love a copy of the book!

  • Twitter post is done!

  • Thanks for the write up Matt, that was a great interview. I cannot wait to read this book and would love a copy of it!

  • As a parent of young children (5 & almost 3), I’m constantly looking out for ways to help me be a better parent. And as one who didn’t always have good examples, trying to find good examples to use as a pattern. Thanks for doing the interview!

    • Thank you for sharing! I have a 3yr old and twin 2yr olds so I can relate!

  • Tabitha Ebbert

    I am sharing it

  • Saul Salinas

    matt thanks for the generous offer…all of Andy’s work is very practical and impactful. Thanks for the great offer!!

  • Debbie Brodeur

    I have learned so much from Andy Andrews. I can’t wait to read this book! Shared!

  • I need to pull out the first one and read it again.

    • I have the first one on audio and did just that a couple of weeks ago!

  • Shared your post! Thanks for the opportunity! Look forward to reading it!

  • Lisa Ross

    Tweeted! I can’t wait to read and apply Jones’s perspectives to my life. Such a positive thinking man’s book.

  • Jeff

    Love the Noticer and can’t wait to read the Noticer Returns. What’s the chance of scoring a book?

    • Thanks Jeff! I’m logging all responses and will contact the recipients via email! Have a great day!

  • Can’t wait to read…..

  • Would love to read this book. My son andhis wife have given me his books and I love them.

  • SAM

    Heard Andy at a Project Management conference last year wondering what his talk could possibly have to do with IT and projects! Quietly, and quite surprisingly, his 7 decisions speech showed it had everything to do with the success of the PEOPLE on those projects. Fantastic speaker, and have been following him ever since. Love to have this next book.

    • What an awesome story! I still haven’t seen Andy live, but have read everything I can! Thanks for sharing!

  • Loved The Noticer, so know I’ll relish The Noticer Returns. I would really appreciate receiving a complimentary copy.

    • Barbara – I have all of your info!

  • Would love to get a copy of this book. I have read a few of Andy’s books and am looking forward to reading this one in the future.

  • Trent Havard

    I have read a lot of Andy’s other books and would love the opportunity to get a free copy of The Noticer Returns to add to my Andy Andrews collection.

    • Thanks Trent! I will let you know!

  • Andy is a masterful story teller and I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  • Thanks for the blog and getting the word out about Andy’s new book. I would love to have a copy.


    • Joshua – it’s great to see another Wilmingtonian! Thanks for following the blog too! Stay in touch!

  • This sounds like an amazing source of wisdom for today’s parents, and I have several friends who recently brought awesome new persons to earth….would LOVE to have a copy to share with them (and they won’t mind if I read it first, I’m sure 😉

    • THAT is a GREAT idea!

      • Oh, and I posted on Twitter and Facebook, too! 🙂 Emailed you with my info as Sharon Thiel (just realized my Twitter name showed up on my earlier post :-)!

  • Valerie Tabuzo

    Ahh! Can’t wait! Reposting now!

  • Thank you for the inspiring interview, Matt. I am really looking forward to reading the new book and picking up where Andy left off in The Noticer.

    • Thank you for sharing it and commenting David – you will love it! I hope you win one!

  • Mark jones

    Thanks for interview. I love all the books Andy has wrote. I got tickets a few years ago to the Super Bowl, on the plane I read the travelers gift, as I got to our section at the stadium there was Andy waiting for the others he came with, shared a short conversation with him and exchanged emails. Would love to add this book to my collection.

    • Man Mark, what a story! Thanks for sharing!

  • The Noticer was one of THE most inspiring books I’ve read! It instilled a confidence to believe that I have virtues worth noticing, and also acted as an encouragement for me to take the time to notice the virtues in others. The Noticer acts as a reminder that a person’s greatest assets may be easily missed if we are not sensitive and caring enough to look. I think most treasures are like that.

    • Beverly, you are so right! Thank you for sharing!

  • Karin

    Great interview. I was able to listen to Andy speek at a Women of Faith Conference a few years back where he talked about Jones. I then read the Noticer along with other books by Andy. Loved them all. Am really looking forward to reading his new book. Looking for a new perspective in my life and I love Andy’s story telling.

    • Thank you so much for sharing Karin! I’ve seen video clips of Andy’s speeches at Women of Faith I know it was an awesome event!

  • Pam

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book Matt. I love Andy Andrews’ books. I got to see him live and he is an awesome speaker and motivator. I posted this on my facebook page.

  • I would love to read this book. I really enjoyed Andrew’s first book The Noticer. I got to see him speak at Woman of Faith a couple of years ago and he instantly became one of my all time favorite authors. :o)

  • Michael Schnurr

    Shared on FB and following and now following you on Twitter.

  • I have seen Andy twice now, he was our guest speaker at my ACN conference. I have learned so much from what he says and writes! He is an amazing man!

    • Twice!? That must have been awesome!

  • Hannah

    Shared on Facebook! Love Andy Andrews! I’ve heard him speak several times and read a couple of his books. I’m excited to read this one too!

  • Heather Mills

    Love, love, love Andy and his wisdom! Shared on FB and would LOVE to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

  • Ramona

    I am so excited about this book. Reading The Noticer greatly impacted my life.

    • I’m certain that The Noticer Returns will be no different!

  • Janice Cash

    Can’t wait to read this book– have a teenager and would love to read Andy’s insigts!!!!

  • My “Jones” was a dear friend who called out abuse I was experiencing in my life and spoke to who I was and not what I was going through and helped me walk out of it one step at a time. Now I devote a large part of ministry to helping other women do the same!

    • That is an awesome testament to God’s faithfulness Carisa – thanks for sharing!

  • Would love to win a copy! I’ve retweeted your post. Andy’s a great writer and can’t wait to read this book.

  • Saw Andy Andrews at the 2010 or 2011 Women of Faith event in Denver. Went straight home and ready “The Noticer” and a few of his other books. Can’t wait to ready “The Noticer Returns”. I feel like I have my own private Andy A. library, love his insight and inspiration! Sharing on Facebook.

    • That would be a GREAT library to have! Thanks Rhonda – and go Broncos!

  • don’t know why I can’t spell the word READ today 🙂

  • jonstolpe

    I’d love a chance to win this book!

  • Love everything Andy does! Such an inspiration. Please tell me I can win a copy!

  • Love, love, love everything Andy does; please tell me I can still get a copy! Shared on Facebook

    • I hope so! I will let you know – have a great weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kim Barefoot

    Andy Andrews spoke at our national convention in Dallas last year and I have been a fan ever since. He and his family are such an inspiration and I would love to read and share a copy of his newest book. Shared on facebook.

    • Awesome Kim – thank you so much for sharing!

  • Michelle

    Love Andy Andrews’ books! Definitely my favorite author! Thanks for sharing a great interview!

  • Heard Any speak a few years ago and became a huge fan of speaking and books! Everything he does is gold— so inspiring!! Shared on Facebook
    Mary Jane

  • Darrin Niday

    Just shared on FB

  • Great Interview!! I’ve heard Andy speak a few times in the past and he’s a very special person with a very special gift. I’ve read all his books and look forward to reading “The Noticer Returns”


    Pat Scanga

  • Thanks for the opportunity to have a copy of The Noticer Returns….Andy Andrews books have taught me so much, thus I was thrilled to hear of Jones return….

  • J. Adams

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Andy’s book. I shared the post on Facebook.

  • Andy’s been a great inspiration. I’d love to get his new book.

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