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A fresh perspective for troubling times

Author Andy Andrews provides proof of hope with new best-selling book

NASHVILLE, May 26, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — In uncertain times like these, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day emotional drain of financial woes, relationship strain and work stress. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found our national well-being has hit a new low, with only 35 percent of Americans reporting feeling happiness or enjoyment without stress or worry. Our nation doesn't need inspirational sentiments or promises that the economy will eventually rebound—we need definitive proof that there is reason to have hope.

Perhaps no one knows what hitting rock bottom feels like better than Andy Andrews, internationally renowned speaker and author of the bestselling novel, The Traveler's Gift. Once homeless, directionless and living under a pier, Andrews is now a bestselling author and an in-demand speaker for U.S. presidents, top corporations, celebrities and the U.S. military. With his latest book, both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, The Noticer (Thomas Nelson | April 28, 2009 | 978-0-7852-2921-1 | Hardcover |$17.99), Andrews draws on his own remarkable true story to reveal the healing power of perspective.

Deeply affected by the death of his parents when he was only 19, Andrews' life spiraled downward until he found himself homeless on the Alabama Gulf Coast. However, it was during this time that Andrews began to consume biographies of more than 200 great figures throughout history. He noticed a pattern in their shared characteristics, which became the seven principles for leading a remarkable life Andrews outlined in The Traveler's Gift.

An international bestseller with more than a million copies sold, The Traveler's Gift became an ABC "Good Morning America" book-of-the month selection and the subject of a two-hour PBS special. Andrews' new book, The Noticer, is set in his hometown of Orange Beach, Ala. It follows "Jones," a mysterious older man who enters into the lives of residents in the midst of crisis – on the brink of divorce, on the verge of financial ruin, about to give up on life – to impart sage-like perspective on how to change their view of the world to move past life's biggest challenges.

"The fact is, we are all in a crisis, coming out of a crisis or headed for a crisis," says Andrews, called "one of the most influential people in America" by The New York Times. "Lurking in my memory are some days that did not begin well, and very quickly got worse. The mornings after my parents died were tough. Waking up under a pier or in a stranger's garage is not fun. Three and a half years of rejection by 51 publishers was a discouraging start for The Traveler's Gift. I know what it is like to wake up full of doubt and fear, achingly despondent and demoralized."

However, Andrews says he has discovered a proof of hope that has consistently lifted his heart, mind and spirit to a point of forward motion: the fact that he, like all of us, is still breathing. "If you are still breathing, there is hope," he says. "Without a doubt, there is more laughter to come and more success in the future. You are still here."

The Noticer has inspired a new social media movement called The Noticer Project, which calls on people everywhere to "notice" five people who have made a positive impact on their lives. Participants can recognize their five by joining The Noticer Project Facebook group, by publicly posting on TheNoticerProject.com, by posting a note on their personal Facebook site or blog, or even just sending individual emails.

Andrews currently resides in Orange Beach, with his wife and two sons. His combined works have sold millions of copies worldwide, and The Traveler's Gift landed spots on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. For more information, visit www.AndyAndrews.com or www.TheNoticerProject.com.