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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 Andy has grown into a withdrawn teenager, keeping to himself, until his uncle, ex-con Gerald Ripley, shows up and w
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Published December 17th 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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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 for
Cyrus Webb
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.
Anne Gooch
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 page.

BRAVO! 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 b
Nov 05, 2013 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 reading The 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 th
Kate Joyce
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is a gripping storyline that you won't want to put down. I don't advise starting this at bedtime, you won't want to go to sleep because you will want to read just one more page and then another page. This is William Sirls best yet. I've read his book THE REASON and it was good but this is even better. I haven't heard of anyone that read it that didn't give it 5 stars.

Andy was disfigured when he was a child by his father's abuse to his mother. He was only a toddler and believed his father wh
Wow, is all I can say about this book. First, I am deeply touched that William signed not only this book, but "The Reason" as well and personalized it to me. I love it when authors go the extra mile. Second, I'm a bit partial to this book because I live in the mitten state. In all seriousness, I immediately fell in love with Andy, Rip, Heather and even Kevin, despite his character flaws.

I could not put this book down and read it rather quickly as it was a page turner trying to solve a murder mys
Donna Mcginnis
The Sinners' Garden: Another winner for William Sirls. Just as amazing and powerful as The Reason and hard to put down. Loved it. Hope there will be another book soon.
This book is inspirational and reminds us that God's love for us is unconditional no matter what we have done. He is always with us. As written in His word God sometimes uses real everyday people to get our attention as He has in this story. Sometimes in unusual ways. But and IPod? A garden?
The Sinners' Garden appears mysteriously
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Diane Higgins
What a great book! I really enjoyed William Sirls' first book "The Reason" but I believe I enjoyed this second one even more. This book has all the inspiration of a nonfiction book but it is told in a fiction setting. Andy Kemp has a huge scar on his face from an abusive father. His mother is trying to reconnect with him. Meanwhile, Judi's brother, Rip, has just gotten out of prison and has gotten his life together. He is Andy's best friend and confidante. Andy discovers that his Ipod is "speaki ...more
This was a "new author" to me. I had not read any prior books written by this author, but, now I am hooked and want to read everything this author writes! I loved this book that much! It "grabbed me" from the very beginning, and I, immediately related to almost every character in the story. They were all everyday life type people that we meet in our ordinary lives. Of course, some will be drawn more to one than another. I loved "Rip", and how devoted he was to Christ, after his "jailhouse conver ...more
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 homes o
The Sinners Garden by William Sirls
There are some books that bring out the best and worst emotions in you. The Sinners Garden did just that. I felt the pain of the characters, I cried with them, felt the joy of forgiveness and the anger of injustice. This 5 star book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. It caused me to pause and reflect on occasions. The ending was a big surprise I never saw coming. The author William Sirls’s strong faith is evident in his writings.
Life in the small town o
Liz Mcbooks
I was sent The Sinners' Garden and didn't know what to expect. I have to say that this was a very interesting plot. The way the book starts out is not at all how it ends and there is not much you can do to guess what's coming next. I will say this book is very faith based. "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". Through this book you get to know Andy and ...more
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 case, these 4
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 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
As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction (really only recently have I picked up more with the various book blogging programs). It’s not my favorite genre and so it takes a WOW type contemporary novel to get an internet high five from me.

I liked the idea behind William Sirls’ The Sinner’s Garden. It reminded me a little bit of The Shack (in it’s supernatural aspects). Plus, I love stories of redemption. There were several stories of redemption and lives changed in The
Amy Bradsher
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.

Karen Korb
My Thoughts On The Book - What an amazingly well-written story about forgiveness, struggles, family, community, faith, grace, and redemption. The characters in the story are very real and you feel as if you know each one of them personally. They became my friends and I was very sad when the book ended. While I read the book and became familiar with Judi, Andy, Rip, Heather and Reverend Welsh I laughed, cried, imagined, felt what the characters were experiencing. I could not wait to turn the page ...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: The Sinners’ Garden
Author: William Sirls
Pages: 416
Year: 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
There 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 reac
Brooklynn N.
This book has everything! Murder, mystery, hope, forgiveness, a little bit of romance, and of course, faith.
I have never read a christian book that I am aware of. I always felt that they "preached" too much. But The Sinner`s Garden was amazing. It wasn't like any other christian book I have read. It was funny, sad, and like I mentioned above, had plenty of mystery in it. It doesn't follow one exact character, but a whole handful that are lost to God and I loved watching them grow.

Each characte
Jalynn Patterson
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 mend And
How do you follow an incredible debut novel like The Reason? If you recall, that’s the title William Sirls had decided to self-publish via Thomas Nelson’s WestBow Press. The reader feedback on it was so great however, that Thomas Nelson signed Sirls and his book. Now, second titles can be notoriously hit or miss especially when the first has been so successful. I’m happy to report that The Sinners’ Garden is definitely a hit. I loved this book. Except for one scene which caused me to cry. A lot. ...more
Create With Joy
Strange things are happening in Benning. The Sinner’s Garden is a highly character-driven novel that views these events through the eyes of several key characters.

The Sinners’ Garden is also a highly symbolic book that explores questions some powerful themes.

* How do we know what happens to our loved ones after they die?

* How do we move past the pain of our past when we are constantly reminded of it by everyone around us?

* How do we handle our anger towards those who deliberately hurt us and t
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 ...more
Victor Gentile
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 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 f
Source: Free copy from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for a review.

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
Faith Farrell
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
Feb 27, 2014 Nancee rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 ...more
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