Sep 20, 2012

The Reason by William Sirls

When Facing the Impossible, Can You Only 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 blast 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.

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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.

Disclosure: Review copy received courtesy of Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Wow, great review of what I agree is a fabulous book. I enjoyed it--especially the characters, who are very authentic and real. I wanted to let you and your readers know that my favorite book give-away site is giving away five copies of this book this week. Visit to find out how to enter the drawing, which ends this Friday.

  2. Sounds like a great book. Plan to order it. We all face trials of some kind. Some are harder than others. Will we stand on our Faith in God or turn away. Personally it was the hardships that made and do make my Faith grow.
    Look forward to reading this.