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.
Here are my thoughts:
From the beginning the book's synopsis intrigued me! There is a wealth of possibilities in it and it definitively engaged my imagination. No spoilers here, discover the story behind the title for yourselves!
Adversity is something most of us face in life, Faith is what carries us through the rough patches. I for one cannot for a single moment even envision what my life would be without faith!
The Sinner's Garden reminds us vividly God has a plan for each of us no matter the circumstances with its staunch lessons about love, hate and finally victory over the evil caused by misunderstandings and lies.
What shines throughout William Sirls' tale is that God is in control and if we only take the time to listen, we can hear him speak to us directly!
A great inspirational novel to share with anyone in the family (especially teens!) and a good addition to any pastoral library!
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