Wednesday, October 3, 2012

William Sirls' The Reason Presents Miraculous Story...

"From directly in front of them, Jim heard what
sounded like small pieces of wood cracking, as
if a large animal were walking across fallen branches
in the distance on a quiet night in the woods.
"Charlie gasped and put both his arms around him
at the same time the noise stopped.
"Jim sensed that Charlie was trying to protect him
from something. "It's okay, son. It's okay."
"You guys all right over there?" Kenneth yelled.
"What was that noise?" Jim asked.
"Hang on!" Kenneth yelled. "James, why don't you
and Charlie cover your ears? This will be done a
little quicker than most expected."
"Do like this Charlie," Jim said, holding a hand over
each ear, showing his son what to do.
"But Charlie wouldn't let go of him until he took
Charlie's hands and put them over his ears for him.
"The noise grew louder.
"Jim could hear the stress of bending wood. It
sounded like someone was pulling on or trying to
break a thick limb off of a tree. "What is that?"
he yelled, hanging on to Charlie.
"Charlie grunted and then shrieked in terror at
the first snap. Jim instinctively ducked and covered
his head as if something were about to fall on them.
"Snap! Crack! Snap! The wood seemed to cry out as
the carpenter stretched, split, broke, and...What
is that sound?
"Charlie picked Jim up by the armpits and swiftly
carried him back at least another thirty feet.

The Reason

By William Sirls


Have you ever had a book come just at the right time? The Reason did for me... A truly awesome and timely story. About a man named Kenneth... Or was it about all the others in the book who were touched by him... When you discover The Reason, you'll know...

It happened at a small country church... A storm had come through and lightning struck the giant cross that stood on the hill smiling down on those who would come to visit when the doors were opened. Jim, the pastor, was a caring, believing man, although his eyes were clouded over in white, ensuring that he could see nothing...

But all who were there that day heard what happened as lightning tore straight down through that cross and part fell to the ground...

Pastor and his wife and son huddled inside and heard that terrible tear of wood. So were Brooke and Alex who had become part of their family, though having separate living quarters...Each were affected by the damage done to the cross and Jim quickly worried what the congregation would say and how they would afford to fix or replace it... Alex was Brooke's son, who was best friends with the Pastor's son, Charlie, although they were far different in age and appearance...

In some ways, Macey Lewis could be called one of the main characters, because of her part in not only meeting Kenneth and then, later, in challenging him, almost to a duel--her medical skills against Kenneth's power--for she knew, she just knew that there was something special about Kenneth.

So it was that Macey, when she heard about the cross being hit by lightning, initiated the necessary help that would be needed by the church members to handle the problem. Macey had already decided that if it couldn't be repaired that she would replace it herself. She talked a doctor and nurse into helping and had tried to get the workers who were handling the construction project at the hospital to offer their skills. Only Kenneth, a carpenter, had volunteered from that group. All were to meet Sunday morning after church to evaluate the damage and plan...

But Kenneth came that day with his tools and materials needed to handle the job...

And while everybody was in the parsonage except Jim, a blind man, and Charlie, a grown-up child who couldn't speak, Kenneth fixed the cross...

Do you believe in miracles? If not, do you still enjoy seeing miracles take place in fiction? As Kenneth came to know each of the characters in the book, he only asked or suggested one thing, "Only Believe..."

This is a debut novel for William Sirls...Christian fiction readers--only believe one thing I's a must-read. I think there are few books I would claim that were either directed or guided by the Holy Spirit. For me, there was only one thing I could claim...I believed...

Readers will see the changed lives of people in this book. Some may be similar to people in your own lives. For instance, Carla who was an alcoholic who ultimately jumped off a bridge... And Zack who was trying to win back the woman he loved, but didn't see in himself, what she was turning away from. And, especially, Macey, who believed she had trained long and hard and felt she was the best doctor around to handle the cases for which she was responsible--until she could do nothing for a little boy who she had come to love...

I challenge those who doubt God's power or that he even exists...Read this book. Allow it to speak to you...

All you have to do is believe...


Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows--some born of chance, some born of choice. Once a senior vice president at a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering, where he learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for. Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. He is the father of two and makes his home in southern Michigan. Visit his site at:


  1. I believe in miracles! It's wonderful that this book illustrates them. I have "Only Believe" on an Elvis Presley album my daughter gave me. I wish William lots of success with The Reason.

  2. Great review of a fabulous book. I also really enjoyed it--especially the characters, who are very authentic and real. I love when stories give you spiritual insights into the very things you’re struggling with. The Reason made me really think about some deep questions—why does God seem to answer some prayers but not others, what is the nature of healing, why do bad things happen to good people? Anyone wrestling with their faith, trying to “only believe,” should read this book.

  3. This sounds lovely! Thank you for the great review.

  4. Thank you all for your feedback...I hope that each of you will have it speak to you just as it did to me!

    God Bless!