Monday, January 28, 2013

An Important Message: The Reason by William Sirls

During a severe thunderstorm, the Cross in front of St. Thomas' church is struck by lightening. The parish is poor. There's no money to replace the cross. Three doctors from the local hospital volunteer to help. Macey, a pediatric oncologist, puts up a sign to enlist other volunteers, and Kenneth, a carpenter working on the hospital's new addition, volunteers. When everyone is in the house except Kenneth, the blind pastor, and his son, Charlie, who is mute, the cross is miraculously repaired – better than new. This is only one of the series of miraculous events that take place in the community. Although some of the characters find it difficult to accept what's happening, the answer is “Only Believe.”

I have mixed feeling about this book. I think the message is wonderful. Paul says, “know that all things work together for good to those who love God.” Some of the characters in the book, like all of us, find this hard to understand at times, but this story reminds us that the answer is to “Only Believe.” This book is well worth reading for that message.

I did have trouble with the characters. They seemed to function in the service of the message, but lacked the spirit to make the story come from them, as opposed to acting on them. This may have been what the author intended, but I thought the story could have been much more riveting with stronger characters. These characters were almost too good.

I recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with the question of why God lets bad things happen to good people The story makes clear that God has a plan for each of us and whatever happens we need to believe and understand that God acts because he loves us. 

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.