ABOUT THE BOOK -
When facing the impossible, will you believe? Storm clouds gather over a small Michigan town. As thunder shakes the sky, the lights inside St. Thomas Church flicker... and then go out. All is black until a thick bolt of lightning slices the sky, striking the church’s large wooden cross — leaving it ablaze and splintered in two. When the storm ends, the search for answers begins. James Lindy, the church’s blind minister, wonders how his small congregation can repair the cross and keep their faith in the midst of adversity. And he hears the words “only believe.” Macey Lewis, the town’s brilliant young oncologist, is drawn to Alex, a young boy who’s recently been diagnosed with an aggressive leukemia. She puts her hope in modern medicine — yet is challenged to “only believe.” And Alex’s single mom, who has given everything she can to her boy, is pleading with God to know the reason this is happening... to save her son. But she only hears silence and wonders how she can possibly “only believe.” The Reason is a milestone debut novel, opening with a thunderbolt and never letting up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with the questions: Where is God when bad things happen? And does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? The answer each character receives will astound listeners while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, to . . . only believe.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows--some born of chance, some born of choice. Once a senior vice president at a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering, where he learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for. Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. He is the father of two and makes his home in southern Michigan.
Visit his site at: www.williamsirls.com
MY REVIEW -
Oh my goodness this is a powerful book! This book was amazing. I kind of knew I was going to like but I liked it even more than I thought! Get ready for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster. This book will have you cheering, gasping, and crying. Oh yeah, I was in tears more than a few times. And there were even a couple times when I looked down at my arms and saw goosebumps. This is one of those books that once you start reading you don't want to stop.
I find it really hard to believe that this is the author's first novel, I mean I believe him. It is just written well it doesn't read like a "first book", maybe he wrote like 100 practice books first, lol.
The character development was absolutely excellent. I really can't decide which person I liked the best. I really loved them all and there are a lot of characters. Sometimes if a book has too many characters it gets confusing, that is not the case here. The author did such a great job in developing ALL the characters you fel like you know them personally, even the minor ones. Everyone was so real to me. They all had their quirks, their daemons that they had to fight and problems to solve.
Being a Christian I do read a lot of Christian books. Some of them are "feel good" type books and a few of them are just too hokey to feel real. This book was not like that at all. I just recently finished a book that had a lot of "miracles" in it and it didn't feel Christian, it felt fantasy to me. The Reason just felt real! I do believe in miracles - "I believe!"
This is a book that will definitely leave you thinking. And then you will wake up the next morning and think some more. You won't want to miss reading this. This book is as entertaining as it is important.
I would like to give a huge Thank you to the author, William Sirls, for sending me this awesome book to read and review!
The Giveaway -
The author is offering 5 signed copies! Isn't that awesome?
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