I have got a really good book to tell you about today called The Reason written by William Sirls. I have never read anything from this author and recently someone told me I needed to widen my horizons on books, so I did and this will be one of the ones that I normally wouldn't have read in the past, but I am expanding my collection! You know the drill, first an excerpt and then my opinion.
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 into 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 brillant yound oncologist, is drawn to Alex, a young boy who's recently been diagnosed with an agressive 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 people revolve around the church in this story that tests everyone's faith and challenges them to believe. For the pastor, he is legally blind but has a wonderful wife named Shirley who never falters in her belief, their son, Charlie is over 7 feet tall and weighs over 300 pounds and can't talk. But, he is a gentle soul.
Also living at the parish is Brooke Thomas and her son Alex, who has leukemia. Alex tells everyone that Charlie is his best buddy. Charlie starts to have nose bleeds daily and finally is diagnosed with the leukemia. The doctors who are treating him are Macey and Zach who will be affected by this boy and they give it their all to try and save him.
Brook has a friend and co-worker named Carla Miller who was molested by her father for years until one day he kills himself. Carla is deeply bitter and cannot forgive her father, so her life ends up being men, alcohol and cigarettes.
One day the two of them were having lunch and a man named Kenneth, who is a carpenter, came in and they later learned he had volunteered to help the pastor restore the church because of the lightning strike. Macey and Zach also volunteer to help along with a nurse named Kaitlin.
They all don't know it yet, but Kenneth is the key to them opening their eyes and their hearts to what is about to unfold before their eyes.
I am going to stop there because the ending is definitely an EYE POPPER! You will want to read this book because if you have ever doubted your faith and need reassuring, this story will melt your heart and make you cry, but they will be tears of joy!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.