A complimentary copy of this book was provided by William Sirls. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
on July 12th 2016
Source: William Sirls
Genres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Inspirational, Religious
WHAT DOES GOD LOOK LIKE?
Welcome to southeast Michigan and the small town of Carlson where faith, hope, and struggle are defined by the different faces of those who live there. An addict that sits at a bar to forget.
A mother whose five-year-old boy has leukemia. Two doctors. An atheist haunted by his past and a brilliant young oncologist that places all her hope in the power of modern medicine. A blind pastor whose son hasn’t spoken a single word in thirty-eight years.
But the minister sees by faith. He knows there are answers and believes that someone who cares is watching—someone with a greater purpose. Yet there is something he doesn’t know... that none of them know. In the midst of the ordinary and the devastating, there is a reason these lives will be changed forever. Lightning is about to strike.
The Reason opens with a thunderbolt and never lets up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with questions: Where is God when bad things happen? 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, and to believe.
This book is absolutely amazing. I didn’t know how the author could improve from the original release but he did! This book will make you smile. It will make you cry. Most of all, it will bring a sense that God is still working miracles and that He is there.
These characters are raw and gritty. They’re not picture perfect and each one have fallen short in some way or another or been wronged in their life. These characters are realistic and their pain is very real. Each and every sinner on this earth possesses a fragmented heart that can only be healed in Jesus. That is certainly true of these characters as well
This book resounds with me much more than the first time that I read it too. Since the initial release several years ago—I’ve suddenly found myself identifying as a mom of a child with special needs. Life can be uncertain and filled with pain but it is in Him whom I must trust. Yes, God gives doctors knowledge and he can guide their hands but He has all the answers and ultimately, it is in Him that I need to place my trust.
There are ups and downs, triumphs and disappointments in the lives of these characters. It’s gripping, realistic and absolutely beautiful.
I think the life experiences that this author has shared from his own life and the wisdom and the knowledge that God has granted him has given him a unique ability to write an authentic tale of grace and redemption that will seep into your heart and pull you closer to the Great Physician.
I’m reminded of a favorite scripture that says that God’s grace is sufficient. It truly is. Through hurt, pain, love and loss—His loving hand is there for you if you only believe.
I’ve never been so privileged or honored and deeply humbled by a book such as this one. To see such a beautifully written picture of our Savior is truly a blessing.