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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (8 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401687369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401687366
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I want to start off by saying that I am not a "Christian" My spirituality is my own personal journey and I don't go church. I didn't realise that when I ordered this book it was Christian fiction and my heart sank when I realised! I decided to continue reading and this is a beautiful written book which really touched my heart. it focusses on belief, faith and forgiveness

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.
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Member of a bookclub and this was the month's choice. Didn't really know what to expect and struggled a little at the beginning of the story to really get into it, but without giving it away, AMAZING! I was up (killing my eyes) reading this as just couldn't put it down. Mr Sirls does know how to weave a story together and it really SPOKE to me, encouraged me, had me enthralled and had some serious faith lessons for me. I loved it, highly recommend it, excellent read.
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A cross at a church is struck by lightning, bringing together a cast of very believable characters. They are each challenged to "only beleive" as they face their personal trials. I have never cried so hard reading a book and believe this is a must read for all Christians and non-believers alike.
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Alex is a kid. He lives with his mum and they are about to go through a trial no one sees until the first storm is read through, and all but forgotten. Although, we don't get to forget that, either!

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.
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Picked this book to read on holiday. I simply couldnt put it down and it was read in three days a great book and uplifting although parts of book filled with sadness Jesus comes through and confirms that Gods plan is always best. I have since recommended to a friend and passed the book onto my neighbour who just recently recovered from cancer. Great read.
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This first book for the author makes me open my eyes even further to the myriad ways that God works in our lives.
Very well articulated and definitely a 'just one more page' book.
hank you
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One of the best "stories" I have read in along time. It caused my faith to wake up again and only believe. US humans get so complicated but if we would only believe with the faith of a child. How often a Kenneth comes into our lives and we don't recognise Him? William, so glad you met Kenneth in prison as all things work for good......
Keep writing.
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Brooke Thomas is cleaning her small church with her son, Alex, when the lights go out in an electrical storm, and the huge wooden cross outside the building is destroyed by lightening. She lives with the Lindy family: Pastor Jim, the blind pastor, his wife Shirley, and Charlie, their seven-foot, 355-pound son who hadn't spoken a single word in his life.

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.
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