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 listeners while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, to...only believe.
©2012 William Sirls (P)2012 Oasis Audio
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"This is a REALLY good book!"
This is my first book by William Sirls, and I'm so glad I listened. It is such a sweet story with a gospel message. It's a book with drama but also a "feel good" story. I loved the character of Charlie! Also, Johnny Heller does a great job of narrating. I only give 5 stars to books that are "way over the top" but this one is a good solid 4. I highly recommend it.
"Heart warming and heart breaking"
This really is an amazing book! Lots of ups and downs.
The book was not far fetched or sappy like some books I've read. As I listen to this book, I felt like I was right there with them.
It was a very good story line that drew you in from the very beginning. I got so caught up in the lives of the characters and the events that I could not put my iPod away. It was an emotional roller coaster and I cried right along with them. You dont know the ending until the END. I like that about a story. Very, very good.
They were all special in their own way but the construction worker (carpenter) was my favorite. Then the little boy!
The carpenter, just to be in his company.
I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a good book with an uplifring message. You came away just feeling good.
"Fantastic! I truly enjoyed it!"
Yes, the narrator did an amazing job with representing the different characters. The audio version also allows me to do chores as well as make them much more enjoyable
Hands down alex yet all of the characters play a role in making the story
The diiferent voices and emotion he displays helped bring the book alive.
Honestly, there were too many to count! I laughed, cried, smiled and even gasped while listening.
Again, i truly enjoyed the book & hope others feel the same as well as get the message behind it!!
I Loved this book... I chuckled, felt the anguish, and even cried with tears... great listen!!!
"worth the credit"
While the story was somewhat predictable, it wasn't completely predictable. A paradox in itself, I know, but it isn't cookie cutter. I was anxious to get this audiobook, and listened in two days. If you are a person of faith, this won't persuade or dissuade you; however it is a reminder to believers. At least that is how I think of it.
William did a great job I look forward to sharing it with others. The theme Only Believe is powerful focal point of the book
I really loved this book!! I cried I laughed it made me stop and think and to examine my own faith in "the carpenter"!!
I also enjoyed the performance!!
"Good story and characters"
only issue was the author's repeated use of"..he said" and ".. she said"
it detracted from the story. but otherwise a spiritual fiction story with a redeeming message.
"Too much like a "fairy tale""
Although, I realize that this is a fictional story, I really think it's written more like a fairy tale. I am a Christian and fully believe in the miracles of God. However, I don't think this story was a fair and accurate way to portray how God delivers his miracles. The way things happen in this story are not very "believable". I would not recommend it; there are many other books that do a much better job of portraying the manner in which our God demonstrates His love and care for His people.
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