Book Title: The Reason
Author: William Sirls
Publish Date: September 4, 2012
Genre: Christian Fiction, Inspirational, Contemporary
Plot: Lightening hits a cross outside of a church that cannot afford to fix it. Alex, a young boy and member of this church, is diagnosed with leukemia. Although bad things are happening all around them, the characters in this book are reminded again and again to "only believe" and God will do what He does best: take care of things.
Why I Read this Book: I had been wanted to read this book for about a year now and I was blessed to have received a copy as part of a giveaway (from the author) in a GoodReads group, Christian Fiction Devourers about a month ago. I received two personalized signed copies, one for me and one for a friend.
In Depth Analysis
I really loved this book! The overall theme of the book was to trust in God. This theme was expressed since the beginning pages of the book. The book also reminded me that God wants to be an active part of our lives and wants to have constant communication with us. He wants us to fall to Him when we are in need and to trust in Him even when it seems that He is not here. I am encouraged to just believe and let God take care of everything.
The book was not only encouraging, but also a fast-paced, exciting read. There was not a dull moment throughout the book. I have to admit there where a few tears shed, but I was left with a reminder of how great God is. I love how this book is telling a fictional story for entertainment, yet the story leads you to focus not on the characters but on God and His magnificence.
Recommended Reading Age: I would recommend this book to ages 15 and up due to mature, real-life situations (alcohol, depression, ect.). It is a clean book, but some situations in the book may be too emotionally tough for younger audiences to be able to handle.
Overall Rating: 5/5