Sunday, September 30, 2012
In “The Reason” by William Sirls, we are taken to a small Michigan town and some of its residents will soon be forever changed. On a stormy night lightning strikes the cross in the yard of the St. Thomas Church and the cross is destroyed beyond repair. Reverend Lindy, the church’s blind minister, tries to figure out a way to repair the cross and help his flock keep their faith. When Brooke takes her young son, Alex, to have tests run, Macey Lewis overhears what happened to the cross and wants to help. Macey enlists the help of her fellow colleagues and carpenter Kenneth. When the group arrives to repair the cross, something amazing happens that none of them can believe and makes them wonder just who Kenneth could be. The next day Macey has to tell Brooke that Alex has leukemia. The mysterious Kenneth seems to show up when things are at their worst and tells everyone to “only believe”. Everyone starts to question the miracles that are happening and question if Kenneth could be God. When things are looking bad for Alex, Brooke is led to believe that God will heal him if she will “only believe” but when things take a drastic turn for the worse she questions God and becomes angry that she will lose her son. Will the group witness another miracle? Will everyone finally be able to forgive and believe in God?
This book will grab you from the beginning and you will not be able to put it down. It is a very moving and emotional book. The main focus is on Brooke and Alex but many other characters are present throughout. Have a tissue handy and remember to “only believe”. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.