The Reason Paperback – 8 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Once a senior vice president in a large investment firm, William Sirls was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners' Garden is his second novel. His first novel, The Reason, was published in 2012. William makes his home in southern Michigan and you can reach him at WilliamSirls.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you want a book that touches your heart and makes you think I highly recommend this book! I finished this book and I am still thinking and processing it.
There is of course some very Christian themes in this book however it's written in a way that's not preachy or holier than thou.
What would any of us do if we found a huge Cross outside a church, suddenly broken and smashed? What would we do if we saw a very tall man who never speaks? What would we do if we found out a young kid was suffering? Not only suffering, but shortly, to die? And what would we do if someone of faith told us to "only believe"?
Read the book. It's amazing.
Very well articulated and definitely a 'just one more page' book.
Carla Miller is Brooke's best friend, and has her own problems. A mysterious stranger appears in a bar, shows Carla an apple, tells her she has to learn to forgive, then leaves. Macey Lewis, paediatric oncologist at the local hospital, meets Brooke and Alex when they are having some medical tests. She offers to help rebuild the cross, and enlists the help of colleagues Dr Zach Norman, nurse Kaitlyn Harby and Kenneth, a carpenter who is working on the new wing of the hospital and who has been a man of God 'forever'.
The first couple of chapters introduced all the main characters, which had the potential to get a little confusing, but the different characters were soon linked together, and from then on, The Reason was a gripping contemporary story, a combination between medical and speculative fiction, centered around Brooke and Alex, but impacting all the characters in different ways.
While The Reason is most definitely a Christian novel, the characters aren't perfect. They visit bars, smoke, drink, get drunk and make wrong decisions as they deal with their present problems and confront their pasts. Their faith is challenged by circumstances, and by the carpenter who seems to know everything each of them has ever done. This is William Sirls' first novel, and it is an outstanding debut with realistic characters facing difficult situations and learning to only believe. Highly recommended.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best fictional book I've read in a long time. Even for non Christians it would make a lovely read. You feel like you know the characters and there's a bit of most of the characters... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cath
Bit disappointed with this. I love Christian fiction and I quite liked the concept but didn't like the execution. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Auntie Mabel
Really thought provoking, enjoyed the story line and would recommend it to others. The question of suffering is always pain filled..Published 16 months ago by Focus1
This book reveals to us all that God can work great things through all people if we let him lead us and we put our faith in him and believe. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Janice