I read this book as a Book Review Blogger at Thomas Nelson.
The book centres around a mysterious drifter named Jones (no Mr, no other name) who wanders from place to place in a small coastal town, armed only with his brown suitcase, and his gift of “noticing things”. Jones moves in and out of people’s lives, sharing some home-style wisdom, and helping them to gain some perspective. The book is presented as a series of random encounters, each taking a chapter.
When I first read about this book, I was hoping to be impressed. It has the potential to be a cross between The Shack and The Prophet, but to my mind falls short of both. The wisdom is sound, if a little trite; and at times a single good point is stretched out beyond its breaking point. One gets the impression that the book might have been better suited as a series of lectures, or sermons, without trying to place it within a fictional context. That being said, I imagine most people will enjoy it, and see it as a gripping read, but if you’re looking for some real meat, save yourself the time, and just read a book of proverbs.