“You said you were here for only one reason … what is it?” Pastor Jim asks in William Sirls’s novel, The Reason.
~ What ~
This four-hundred-sixteen-page paperback targets those who like contemporary Christian stories about redemption, faith, and belief in God no matter what happens. With slang words used such as darn and heck, its topics of alcoholism, pregnancy out of wedlock, illness, and dying may not be appropriate for young readers.
In Carlson, Michigan, a church’s cross gets demolished during a lightning storm, beginning a series of unexplainable events involving some of the town’s residents. With the church’s pastor blind, his adult son unable to speak, a mother whose five-year-old son has leukemia, a divorcee learning he is a father, a young nurse leading a double life, an arrogant, controlling doctor, and an oncologist who is emphatic about curing her patient, all question a carpenter who mysteriously arrives whenever strange instances occur.
As several of the characters deal with the pain of their pasts, they learn that believing in God is a choice, He is in charge of all things, and He loves us dearly. While the boy with leukemia gets sicker, the carpenter guides the individuals on separate paths to understanding the power and love of the Almighty.
~ Why ~
I read a lot but rarely read a book that makes me cry more than once. This book often brought tears running down my face as Christ’s love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy illuminate its characters. Although I can never fathom the depth of God’s love to me and others, I enjoyed how the story embraces the realization that God is in control always and at all times.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that the book may leave them uncomfortable as they question why things are the way they are and why good and bad things happen. Others may not like books that are tear-jerkers or contain the agony of dying.
~ Who ~
Having written other stories, Sirls background is unusual as he once was a senior vice president who spent time in jail for money laundering. He lives in California.
~ Wish ~
Expecting a different ending typical of these types of feel-good books, I wish the spiritualized aspect of the carpenter’s mysterious role was toned down a bit to correlate to real life (and that is not to say miracles do not happen daily). I prefer all pronouns of God to be capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fictionalized reminder of the reason Jesus died and shed His blood for us while being in control of all things, this book will touch your heart.
Thanks to the Book Club Network, BroadStreet Publishing, and the author for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
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