Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Reason by William Sirls

When Facing the Impossible, Can You Only 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 blast 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 readers while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, to . . . only believe.

This book is amazing! I won't go into all of the details, most of the synopsis above gives you a good idea about what the book is about.  I will say that this book is almost impossible to put down.  The characters are well-developed - they just came alive in my mind.  I love that! Their faith is unwavering and the trials and tribulations they go through are heart-breaking, heart-warming and overall, inspiring.  I cried some tears, laughed and smiled and really, thoroughly enjoyed The Reason.  A definite keeper that I am sure to recommend to many.

*I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze for my honest opinion.

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The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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