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“From the first page of The Reason, my heart was captured. It is truly a rare and precious gift that could change the way people believe and live out their faith.”
— Kelly Riether, review specialist for major book retailer

About the Author

Once a senior vice president in a large investment firm, William Sirls was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners' Garden is his second novel. His first novel, The Reason, was published in 2012. William makes his home in southern Michigan and you can reach him at WilliamSirls.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401687369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401687366
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marianne on September 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
First of all, I will let you know that my review of the novel The Reason is definitely influenced by the place I am in at this time of my life. I have just finished spending two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital with my mother. The things we as a family witness and experienced during that time and after have caused us to be more aware of the miracles around us than we were before that.
Having said that, I really enjoyed The Reason, and would recommend it to everyone. There was one place where one of the characters acknowledges that they know who the carpenter really is, and then shortly afterwards they question him again, which threw me off but other than that, I found the story line flowed seamlessly, the plot and the characters were well devolped and believable.
I resonated with Alex's mother as she hopes for a miracle, just as we hoped for a miracle with our mom and realized together with Macey Lewis the oncologist James Lindy the churche's blind minister and the friends of Alex and his mom, in the novel, that truly, no matter how much we try on our own, we must come to the conclusion that God is ultimately in control! What a mighty God we serve!
No matter what you have experienced I think this novel will give you fresh hope and courage in God's Love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ginger on September 8, 2012
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I'm not a huge book reviewer and first heard about this through people at church. This is a beautiful story that is written well. When the cross outside of the church is destroyed during a storm, a handful of very realistic characters (it seemed like I actually knew them) are brought together to help fix it. Each has their own problems and are encouraged to "only believe" by a mysterious carpenter that is there to help. As the story progressed I became completely hooked. I must admit I shed some tears, but by the end of the book I was left in a great place. I would highly recommend this book to not only Christians but anyone who is looking for a great read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janet Ruth on September 20, 2012
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How often do we stumble upon a debut novel that touches the heart in the very deepest places? Maybe I was a little skeptical when I started reading this one. I wondered how a fictional story could evolve around a wooden cross that is splintered in half when it's struck by lightning. That mysterious cross and a string of miracles are just a small part of an amazing story that challenged me personally.

The Reason is so much more than a mystery of the cross, it is also a study of human nature and how we respond to hard times. It is about relationships with others and with God. Through an unlikely collection of characters that at first seemed to have nothing in common, a believable and loveable community of friends is brought together as they face their individual trials. Their faith is tested to the limit, and the test is heartbreaking as they struggle to understand.

I must admit that my copy of this book is now stained with tears. It might be a fictional novel, but it made me take an honest look at my own beliefs and even question why things happen the way they do.

The Reason has earned a place as one of my all time favourite books, and I will be purchasing several copies to share with friends ... and maybe even some strangers.

Review copy received courtesy of Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lee on September 21, 2012
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I wanted to read "The Reason" for two simple reasons. First, one of the main characters was blind. My son is blind in one eye, so it struck my interest. Second, the story is set in Michigan. I live in Michigan and used to work in Downriver area from which Sirls hails.

But it wasn't for those two reasons alone that I truly enjoyed this book. Frequently, I put the book down to reflect on my own life, and how I would have reacted to certain situations. I laughed. I cried. The Reason captured my thoughts and attention from beginning to end.

STORYLINE: In a small town, Carlson, a church's wooden cross is obliterated by lightning strike. The church is too small in number and too poor to fix it. One of the members of the church meets some medical professionals and they endeavor to repair the cross. The small band of comrades elicits the help of a mysterious carpenter, who shows up unexpectedly at various times throughout the book. As the story proceeds, characters lives are changed as they struggle with items of faith and doubt, hope and reassurance.

MY STRUGGLES: I'll be honest, as I read the story, there was a part where a miraculous healing occurred. When my son recently lost his sight, I cried earnestly for God to heal him, to restore his sight. I had never cried so hard in my life. As the months progressed since that time, I had learned to trust God's sovereignty in allowing my son to endure this partial blindness. But when I got to the point in the story of a particular miracle, those emotions of heartache for my son's vision flooded me once again. I cried, "Why, God? Why do you heal only in fiction novels? Why can't we be those characters and see your healing?"

It was raw emotion. I know God heals in our world today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VicG on September 29, 2012
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William Sirls in his new book, "The Reason" published by Thomas Nelson takes us to into the lives of the residents of a small town in Michigan.

From the back cover: 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 readers while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, to . . . only believe.

Sometimes all people need to stir up faith is a catalyst.
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