In “The Sinners’ Garden” by William Sirls we meet teenager Andy Kemp, his mother Judi, his Uncle Rip, and his mother’s best friend Heather. When Andy was a small child a horrible accident left him with a scar on his face. His mother has never been able to forgive herself for not protecting him from the danger. Andy has been led to believe that his mother is the reason for his scar. The two have a very tumultuous relationship because of it. Rip dedicated his life to the Lord after several years in prison and he does everything he can to help Andy believe there is a God and that God loves him. Rip also has a hard time forgiving himself for the past even though he knows it is behind him and he is a new man. Heather is a small town cop and is investigating a series of break-ins in the area, but instead of stealing the person is leaving generous gifts behind. After her run-in with the “Summer Santa” she starts to question her faith and what she really wants in life. These four people really start to question God when a huge and mysterious flower garden appears out of nowhere. They all feel God’s presence there and begin to wonder what God is trying to tell them.
This was a very thought provoking novel. It will make you wonder about the miracles God still performs but that we don’t hear about. This novel is ultimately about forgiveness and shows us how horrible our daily lives can be if we let anger towards others rule our lives. We must always let God have control of our lives and trust that He does ultimately know what is best for us even when we think otherwise. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.