Andy Kemp is a young man who has had a very hard life. The abuse he has suffered makes him stay away from everyone. His bitterness has his mother hoping for a miracle, and she welcomes the help of his uncle and the town's Pastor. Uncle Rip had just returned from time in jail, but wants to help make a change in Andy. The pastor tries to help Andy heal and learn about forgiveness. Odd music, prophesying, and a good will burglar are just three things that cause concern for the citizens of Benning. And then, a beautiful garden grows overnight. What is its purpose and who takes care of it? Can this be the medicine the town needs to change from lifeless and hopeless into a place of love and joy? Andy, Rip, Heather, and others are waiting to tell you their stories.
This is an interesting book filled with real life problems and solutions. It shows how so many bad things grow and grow without forgiveness. It is such a powerful act to not only give to others, but to give to ourselves. It also homes in on the message that God can restore us and enable us to forgive. If you like books that have supernatural mystery and suspense, combining with messages of hope and forgiveness, this book is for you. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity for participation in the blog tour.
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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Meet 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.
Learn more about William at: http://WilliamSirls.com
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