“The Reason” by William Sirls

 
A storm decimates a large cross outside a local church.  A young oncologist works with a beloved patient who doesn’t respond to treatment, and his young mother fights to have faith in what she can’t see.  Meanwhile, the so-called construction worker who miraculously restored the cross has a hand in many unexplainable events throughout town.  Could there be more to him than meets the eye?  If so, does that mean that there is a Creator behind this life we try to control?
 
Sirls writes an exciting and suspenseful story showing what can happen when our mustard seed-sized faith encounters the One who makes it grow.  Both fantastical and possible, this story will both stretch your faith and make you reaffirm your belief in a powerful, loving God.
 
As a kid I always thought that the amazing stories of the Bible were history accounts – stories of things that God did long ago but didn’t do anymore.  At the same time, I was fascinated with the stories of angels in my great-grandmother’s Guideposts magazines.  A few years ago I realized that God still does amazing things every day – we just don’t always recognize them as such.
 
That’s why I like this story.  It’s like reading one of those amazing stories of angels saving the day, only this one is fictional.  Reading it made me think about what I believe in terms of angels and prophets, about Jesus on earth, about miracles and heaven and hell.  
 
It’s important that we know what we believe about these things – both the what and the why.  The Reason makes you think about all of these things in a realistic and thoughtful way, all the while turning page after page to find each player’s outcome.  I couldn’t put this one down.
 
I received a free copy of The Reason from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.
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