The Reason

The Reason

Book - 2012
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When facing the impossible, will you believe?

Storm clouds gather over a small Michigan town. As thunder shakes the sky, the lights inside St. Thomas Church flicker . . . and then go out.

All is black until a thick bolt of lightning slices the sky, striking the church's large wooden cross--leaving it ablaze and splintered in two.

When the storm ends--the search for answers begins.

James Lindy, the church's blind minister, wonders how his small congregation can repair the cross and keep their faith in the midst of adversity. And he hears the words "only believe."

Macey Lewis, the town's brilliant young oncologist, is drawn to Alex, a young boy who's recently been diagnosed with an aggressive leukemia. She puts her hope in modern medicine--yet is challenged to "only believe."

And Alex's single mom, who has given everything she can to her boy, is pleading with God to know the reason this is happening . . . to save her son. But she only hears silence and wonders how she can possibly "only believe."

The Reason is a milestone debut novel, opening with a thunderbolt and never letting up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with the questions: Where is God when bad things happen? And 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, to . . . only believe.

"This is a skillfully written first novel with the narrative voice, knack for dialogue, and plot movement of a veteran author." --Publishers Weekly

Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, Inc., c2012.
ISBN: 9781401687366
Characteristics: 408 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 01, 2017

While I found the events throughout the book 'predictable', it was a pretty good read. Not a lot of filler text. Good book for those that enjoy religious 'soul food'.

Jun 25, 2014

Intriguing book!

Feb 07, 2013

Not a typical book that I would normally pick up, but the church's cross is hit by lightning in a small town in Michigan on a stormy night. You meet a cast of characters(Alex, Brooke, Carla, the Lindys, Macey, Zach and others) that you beginning to connect with, while big challenges present themselves, so do little miracles that happen around town. One gets caught up in all the craziness that is happening to their town. Admittedly, some scenes were heart-breaking with Alex (so you may need a box of tissues). Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

Dec 19, 2012

this book is comparable to joseph girzone's joshua it is a must read


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