William Sirls
The Sinners' Garden
July 08, 2019 Comments.. 700
The Sinners 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 stru

  • Title: The Sinners' Garden
  • Author: William Sirls
  • ISBN: 9781424554201
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 AndyAndy 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 The identity of the gardener surprises them all 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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    1. Gayle Pace says:

      REVIEW-This was an action filled book that I became so interested in that I couldn't turn those pages fast enough. There are a lot of lessons to be learned abut God in this book. No matter what we do or how bad they are, God loves us. God chooses people to lead because they are broken. You can go to the Bible and find many of God's followers who became great leaders even though they had done terrible things or had a physical impairment. All of us do things wrong and under God's grace we are forg [...]

    2. Cyrus Webb says:

      We live in a world that is so quick to count us out or put us down, depending on how it sees us.How grateful we should be that our Heavenly Father sees who we are, knows what we have done and loves us unconditionally. In Williams Sirls' newest literary offering THE SINNERS' GARDEN, we are reminded not only of God's love but his purpose for all of us.The cast of characters we meet are just like us: broken, imperfect, yet capable of things that might seem impossible to some.Take Andy for instance. [...]

    3. Anne says:

      I was blessed to receive an Advance Readers Copy of The Sinners' Garden by joining William Sirls Street Team while back when he had posted openings on his facebook pageAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! Mr. Sirls, you did it again! This book deserves more than 5 stars!!!In this book we met Andy (a teenager who hates his mom), Judi (Andy's mom), Rip (Judi's brother) and Heather (long time friend of Judi and Rip). Andy doesn't understand why things has happened to him and why he has a scar on his face and he beli [...]

    4. Jessica says:

      I recieved an advanced copy of this book for review purposes and I recieved no monetary compensation for this review. Have you ever read a book so fast because you wanted to find out what happens in the end that you know you are missing a lot of details of the book? I felt like that when readingThe Sinners' Garden . This book is so action packed that I could not put it down. The great plot was not the only amazing part of this book though; the lessons that I learned about God while reading this [...]

    5. Kate Joyce says:

      My friend Linda could not have given me this book at a more perfect time. I was home from work for 5 days after having my final cataract surgery. Once again William Sirls has delivered a book that is wrapped in the Word and put it in today's culture, proving that what was Truth when Jesus walked this planet is still Truth today. I finished The Sinner Garden in 3 days! I read half of it in one sitting. I could relate to the characters especially Rip. I too have found the everlasting grace that He [...]

    6. Joan says:

      This is an OK read but it did not grab me. Sirls writes in the style of magical realism but for the Christian market. God talks prophetically to a teenager through an iPod. Flowers mysteriously appear and are related to people being changed. The spiritual emphasis is on God, in general. People are admonished to "believe" but only in God, not in the saving work of Christ. I felt the spiritual message was vague. There is forgiveness and healing of relationships and that was good. See my full revie [...]

    7. Becky says:

      I really enjoyed this book. It was very detailed and emotional. Although I love Christian fiction, this book was outside of the usual book I read because the ending wasn't 100% happy, and there was no romance. This book was about healing from past family issues.Andy, the teenage boy, hears from God through an iPod. Yes, God can speak to us through a variety of ways, and this was a new one for me. His speaking to Andy though nature was less of a stretch for me. I appreciate how each of the charac [...]

    8. Pat says:

      Great Christian fiction. Loved it!In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural gardenAndy 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 [...]

    9. Tai says:

      I can usual catch the plot twist in books. Not this one! Threw me for an entire loop. Pleasantly surprised. Really enjoyed the ending as well.

    10. Ben Harris says:

      Good read. Thoughtful tale of forgiveness and hope. Suspenseful parts at the beginning and toward the end.

    11. Abigail Ford says:

      SUCH an incredible book. It may have just changed my life. Absolutely amazing. A must-read for sure!!!

    12. J. Else says:

      This story centers on a few main themes, one of which is forgiveness. Giving forgiveness to yourself and to others and then contrasting it to the ultimate forgiveness given through Jesus. There were some good Biblical illusions which provided character growth. I think the best reference was the one about Cain and Abel. That was a shocker for me when it was finally figured out! I can’t say I was overly surprised at who Cain was, but the reference used was brilliant and well revealed. I also lik [...]

    13. Wanda says:

      This book opened up a lot of emotions for me. An entire one fourth of the book I had tissues in hand. It had amazing characters-- Judi Kemp who suffered domestic abuse for years, Heather Gerisch who was a police with the Benning Police Department and was haunted by her father's death, Judi's son Andy whose face was scarred at the age of three and carried hatred and unbelief like a cloak, Pastor Welsh whose spiritual wisdom was an integral part in all of their lives and Gerald "Rip" Ripley, and e [...]

    14. Linda says:

      What do a scarred teenager, his victimized mother, a born-again ex-con drug dealer, and a deputy who hasn’t gotten over the death of her father have in common? God’s undeniable Presence in the form of a miraculous flower garden appearing overnight on the grounds of a long-deserted ghost of a steel mill on the banks of the Detroit River. Author William Sirls brings these people together in his second book, “The Sinners’ Garden.” Teenaged son Andy and his divorced mom Judi are victims of [...]

    15. Jeanie says:

      The Sinner’s Garden by William Sirls is every bit as intense his first book, The Reason, if not more so! I found it to be a novel that was nearly impossible to put down, captivated from the beginning. Sometimes when the Lord wants our attention, He uses His people to deliver His message. It may be a pastor’s sermon or the gentle mentoring of a layperson. But – a teen who doesn’t believe in God, who is compelled to speaks the words he hears through his iPod? A man in black who breaks into [...]

    16. Lisa Johnson says:

      Title: The Sinners’ GardenAuthor: William SirlsPages: 416Year: 2013Publisher: Thomas NelsonThere are some novels I walk away from totally overwhelmed by the message contained in the pages and not sure how in the world I would write the review. William Sirls’ other novel, The Reason, was read and thoroughly enjoyed by a friend of mine. I was hoping that the newest novel from the author would be as captivating as the first one was for my friend. Well, let me tell you this is a novel that will [...]

    17. Amanda Stephan says:

      First, let me begin by saying Mr. Sirls is a good, solid writer. You can't help but care for his characters and wish the best for a couple of them and want to smack some sense into them a few times. In his biography, he is very clear that he comes from a less than pristine background and it shows in his storyline, plot, and development. Using a Robin Hood type of hero, the reader is forced to wonder several things. Is it right for the Summer Santa to break into peoples' homes to leave them much [...]

    18. Beth says:

      I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.Book Description: In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural gardenAndy 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 Uncl [...]

    19. Jalynn Patterson says:

      About the Book:In a small town where hope and tragedy intermingle, things—and people—are not always what they seem.Andy Kemp has suffered most of his life from both physical and emotional scars, and he believes that the scars on his face are proof that God doesn’t love him. Andy has grown into a withdrawn teenager, keeping to himself, until his uncle, ex-con Gerald Ripley, shows up and wants to be a mentor to Andy. Rip has turned his life around and wants to do everything he can to help me [...]

    20. Victor Gentile says:

      William Sirls in his new book, “The Sinner’s Garden” published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Andy Kemp.From the back cover: In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural gardenAndy 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 trans [...]

    21. Rick says:

      As a blogger/reviewer/reader/bookguy, I tend to read a lot of books. I tend to read a lot of books that I consider to be suspense or intrigue or thriller novels. Sometimes, though, a book comes along that attracts me for different reasons, reasons that I can’t really put into words. This book, “The Sinners’ Garden”, is definitely one of those books.What do a teenager, his mother an ex-con and a cop all have in common? Sounds like the beginning to a very bad joke doesn’t it? In this cas [...]

    22. Karen Wiser says:

      The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls is a refreshingly creative and spiritually significant read that will not only entertain, but draw you closer to a God who sees and takes delicate care of your every need! The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls is a well written fictional novel centered on a family and their past and present trials. The setting along the Michigan Great Lakes is quite descriptive and at times I could feel the cool breezes and hear the gentle lapping of the water as it caress [...]

    23. Sharee says:

      The Sinner’s Garden is the second William Sirls’ books that I’ve read and it did not fail to deliver in any way. His writing style is so refreshing, honest and incredibly creative in the story telling process. I thoroughly enjoyed The Sinner’s Garden and could not put it down.In a world where really ugly things happen to innocents, it is sometimes hard to understand how God would allow such things to those He professes to love. Yet it is through such tragedies and heart breaks that God d [...]

    24. Amethyst Cruelheart says:

      good good good. mentions the phandom!!! ahhh!

    25. Faith says:

      You know how we readers will often finish a book and then recommend it by saying "It made me laugh and made me cry?" Well, sometimes what we really mean is: "This book made me smile a little, and then it made me kinda sad." Not so with The Sinner's Garden. This book runs the full emotional gamut. My mother, who read it first, actually looked at us when she neared the end and said "The way this is going, I might cry, and I don't want you guys to see me and wonder why." She had burst out laughing [...]

    26. Annette says:

      Source: Free copy from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for a review. Summary:Judi and her teenage son Andy, live under quiet and tense circumstances. Andy is withdrawn, more than most teenage boys, and Judi is unable to connect with him. Andy has scars on his face, which he has been given false information about how it occurred. Judi's brother Rip, spent several years in prison, but is now free. He lives nearby, and he has a "new life" as a believer in God. Rip wants to be [...]

    27. Rachael says:

      THE BOOK DESCRIPTION -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 [...]

    28. Amy Bradsher says:

      It isn't every day that God speaks directly to us - or through a stressed teen's broken iPod - but that's the premise of Sirls' latest offering. How would we react if we could hear God's voice, not only as the still, small voice in our spirits, but as an audible, musical, voice that gave us simple directions? Sirls explores that idea in The Sinner's Garden in a variety of ways - from that of the confused teen, reformed ex-con, battered and abandoned wife, and hurting cop, just to name a few. Lik [...]

    29. Nancee says:

      In a small town on Lake Erie bizarre events occur, creating questions why a 14-year-old boy would begin to hear strange music from his iPod, and speak prophetic proclamations to a handful of people. His face is badly scarred as the result of scalding water splashing his face as a small child, As a result Andy has withdrawn into a world of books, leaving his mother devastated and guilt ridden, unable to bridge the gap that exists between them. His uncle is his mentor, and spends as much time as p [...]

    30. A.C. Cuddy says:

      “In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural garden… Andy Kemp has suffered most of his life from both physical and emotional scars, and he believes that the scars on his face are proof that God doesn’t love him. Andy has grown into a withdrawn teenager, keeping to himself, until his uncle, ex-con Gerald Ripley, shows up and wants to be a mentor to Andy. Rip has turned his life around and wants to do everything he can to help mend Andy’s pain [...]

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