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At age three, Andy was permanently scarred for life by his abusive father. For the remainder of his growing up years, he kept to himself, by reading books and building his wall of anger. Andy’s uncle Rip was determined to break down Andy’s wall of anger. He is certain it’s the voice of God when Andy begins making prophetic announcements. Who would sneak thousands of dollars in gift cards into one of the poorest houses in town? Who would tend to a well- kept wildflower garden in an abandoned steel mill? Is it God ?
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Broadstreet Publishing Group
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.94 (inches)|
As Andys 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 Andys 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.
The identity of the gardener surprises them alland a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.
Some novels are about the head, some are about the heart. William Sirls latest is decidedly the latter. A story of hope, humor, forgiveness, and deep restoration, it poignantly illustrates how all of us have the life-changing chance to enter The Sinners Garden.
James L. Rubart, best-selling author of Rooms and Souls Gate
Sirls writes a story of choice, change, and intrigue that is wrapped in supernatural fantasy, iPods, and a field of mysterious flowers. In The Sinners Garden, he sets the narrative hook deep with multi-layered plots and heart-warming characterizations that reel readers in and refuse to let them go.
Gail Welborn, Seattle Examiner
Kay Campbell, Huntsville Time
Set in a fictionalized version of the Downriver suburbs of Detroit where I pastor, this engaging story presents a picture of God that is both personally and mysteriously involved in restoring lives that have been marred and scarred by mistakes of the past. Faith is the key that brings hope and healing … and this is portrayed beautifully in The Sinners Garden.
Brett Kays, Lead Minister of Southpoint Community Christian Church, Trenton and Allen Park, Michigan
Pastor Pat Pittsnogle, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milton, Pennsylvania
William Sirls has done it again! I was living inside the story, waiting on every word and turning each page with anticipation … and that was just the prologue! You will find yourself completely wrapped up in The Sinners Garden … talking out loud, giving advice, and laughing with the characters. William gives you that rare chance to get lost in a story that you just cant wait to see how it ends. Grab this book now and thank me later!
Chris Harrell, speaker, author, and pastor at South Hills Church, Corona, California
Joseph G. Milosic, Associate Pastor, Mt. Zion Church, Clarkston, Michigan, and author of My Home the Family Business
Give yourself a gift and read The Sinners Garden. I literally consumed it, every morsel of it. A great story that I couldnt put down. I found myself relating very easily to the characters. It is thought-provoking and encouraging with a hint of mystery for added flavor. Even in tragedy there was hope and comfort. It inspired me with renewed faith to change the things that I can and leave the rest to God. That is one peaceful place to be! And … I will never see a flower garden in quite the same way again.
Susan M. Tant
Donna O Brien
As a resident of the web of small towns in Southeast Michigan known as Downriver, I appreciated the local references. Sirls played with landmarks in a fun way to create his small town setting that could easily be anywhere. Now, when I see kids like Andy riding their dirt bikes along fields and trails, grappling with their own demons, I will think of The Sinners Garden … where Sirls opens the conversation about sin and redemption, but leaves it up to his readers to question and answer concepts for themselves. An excellent book club read.
Cindy Benedict Barclay