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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.


“A skillfully written first novel with the narrative voice, knack for dialogue, and plot movement of a veteran author.”

Publishers Weekly

“The thrumming question of faith—how can there be a good God in a world so full of pain beats at the core of the book. A page turner that is not easy to put down. By the end of The Reason, you will understand that question in an entirely new way."

Kay Campbell

The Huntsville Times

“Sirls sets the narrative hook deep with intriguing characters and a multi-layered plot that asks you to ‘only believe’ when everything else tells you not to. Prepare to laugh! Prepare to cry! Prepare to be inspired and renewed!”

Gail Welborn

Midwest Book Reviews

“Readers everywhere will identify with these characters’ experiences. An incredible story of second chances and seeing the bright light of Christ shine through in the darkest hour. William is using his own second chance at life to remind us of God’s love. This is a must-read for anyone who needs a reminder of what God asks of us: only believe.”

Pete Wilson

Pastor and author of Plan B and Empty Promises

“The Reason is one of those rare books whose characters reach off the pages and take you by the heartstrings. It demonstrates an unwavering faith in God that was an inspiration to me.”

Kimberly Brown

“The Reason will serve to fortify your faith and reassure you of God’s constant love and incredible power. If you are not yet a believer, this book will open your eyes to the possibilities of God that can manifest in any and every part of our lives.”

Chris Sonksen

Lead pastor of South Hills Church, founder of Celera Church Strategy Group, author of In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake

“The Reason will serve as a reminder that God wants us to do our part, to only believe, and to leave the outcome (good or not) to Him because He, ultimately, always knows what’s best!”

Jacqueline Lynch

Associate pastor, Loma Linda University Church

“Of Mice and Men meets Brian’s Song. The Reason is a powerful story that delivers message after message.”

Thomas Lane

“While I love to read, I’m generally not into Christian fiction. The Reason is an exception. It is a gritty story about everyday people who are believable and easy to relate with. It had me both laughing and crying at times as a good book should. I would recommend it to both believers and non-believers alike, but non-believers—be cautioned. You may have to really rethink and question why you don’t believe in the God of the Bible.”

Mark Drew

California Baptist University

“Pay attention to each and every page or you will miss something. William Sirls is about to take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride that ends in an answer that far too many are still blind to.”

Kelly Anderson

“The Reason is an outstanding effort to communicate the love of Christ.”

Thomas Ayers

“A book you will not forget. A clever tearjerker that invites you to think as you turn page after page.”

D. James

“The people in the small town of Carlson come to life fully. They made me laugh and cry. A book as rich and engrossing as The Reason can make you forget your own problems.”

Patti Hogue

“Draws you in with its richly written characters and maintains an intense, almost eerie vibe throughout the story. The Reason is a uniquely compelling tale.”

Russell Bradley Fenton

“The Reason will grab you at the beginning, wrap its arms around you, and keep you guessing until the end. Have your Kleenex handy and then only believe.”

M. Myers

“Anyone reading this book will identify with at least one character with an invitation to change.”

James Steere

“May this book turn out to be a blessing to an unheard number of more people as it was to me.”

Michael Stedman

“The Reason is an intriguing tale of diverse personalities and problems that will lead you to twists and turns that are entirely unexpected.”

Lorene Miller

“The book started off very well, even had my heart pounding in the opening scene in the church . . . but as soon as I realized it was about Alex having leukemia, I almost put the book down. I have a very difficult time reading/watching books/movies where children are hurt. On top of that, one month ago I lost a best friend to leukemia. It seems that God’s timing was perfect for me reading this book! I certainly sense His Hand in it. Looking back, I am blown away by the slim chance that ‘I’ ended up reading ‘your’ book. That you ended up being connected with me, when it could have been countless others. There are no such things as ‘chances’ with our God! I would highly recommend your book to anyone, and will definitely do that. Thank you for letting me have the privilege of reading it.”

Liz Zeller

Director of biblical counseling and director of growth classes, Harvest Church, Billings, MT

“A tangible reminder that God is with us, loving us, and guiding us towards him if we only believe.”

Karen Morton

“Nothing I say could capture what this book meant to me.”

Beth Hensley

“Believable characters whose life lessons will truly inspire you. I can’t wait to read it again.”

Emily Schmidt

“Brilliant. Simply brilliant. I don’t know what else to say. I’ve never cried like this reading a book before and you will too.”

Melanie Johnson

“These characters became people I cared about. I lived the story with them and enjoyed the difference God made in their lives.”

Ted J. Koziatek

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About Author

William Sirls

Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows - some born of chance, some born of choice. Once a senior vice president at a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering, where he learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for. Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. He is the father of two and makes his home in southern California.