About the Book:
In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural garden . . .
Andy Kemp’s young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger.
As Andy’s mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy’s pain. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.
Elsewhere, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering in one of the poorest homes in town. She soon realizes that the masked prowler has left thousands of dollars in gift cards from a local grocery store.
As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy and Rip discover an enormous and well-kept garden of wildflowers that seems to have grown overnight at an abandoned steel mill.
Soon, they realize who the gardener is, and a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.
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About the Author:
Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows—some born of chance, some born of choice. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners’ Garden is his second novel. His first novel, The Reason, was published in 2012. William makes his home in southern Michigan.
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William Sirls has written one other book titled The Reason and after reading The Sinners’ Garden I’m going to be checking out the other book because if it’s like this one it will be a fantastic, can’t-put-the-book-down read. Once I started this book I had to keep turning the pages because it was so fast paced that I just kept turning and turning, even reading way past my bed time – usually when I read a book where the supernatural happens like it does for Andy and God speaking to him through his iPod – I’m skeptical. Instead I was totally awed, all to often we put God into a little box and assume He cannot and will not work outside of what we have told Him – how wrong and sad at the same time. Using a flower garden and a young, skeptical teenage boy and his iPod the Lord opens up the eyes of the town to what the Lord is saying and what He wants them to do.
Throw in a ‘thief’ who breaks into properties but doesn’t steal anything but leaves money and things that will help out people in the town – you’ve got the making of a great book. While it may sound cheesy at first the whole book just flows and you’ll realize that we cannot put God in a box and yes, He still works and moves in mysterious ways. A poor single mom, an abused wife, a disfigured boy, a minister, an ex-con, a cheating husband, and an iPod make up an interesting cast of characters for this book and one that you won’t soon forget – I know I won’t and I hope I never do, the book had me thinking about what I think about God and never to overlook or under estimate how God can more or who He can use to speak to me. Someone who I think may not be worthy of the task (think Abraham and Moses) of relaying God’s message may be just the person who needs to speak to me and in William Sirls’ book the reader will be left thinking, “how is God speaking to me today?”
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Meet William Sirls: Once a senior vice president in a large investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners’ Garden is his second novel.
William is celebrating the book’s release with an iPad giveaway.
One winner will receive:
- A brand new iPad Mini
- The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 1st. Winner will be announced March 3rd on William Sirls’ blog.