This powerful story twangs the heartstrings and the mind. What will happen with Grace Wesley, a history teacher accused of bring Christ into the classroom? She ends up on trial, with a lawyer who doesn't share her faith and who struggles with his own life issues. Parallel to their story and woven into the drama is cancer-survivor Amy Ryan, who writes a blog. Every major character in the novel must deal with faith and decide whether God is dead or alive and active in the world. Some portions of the story touched me deeply. When a tale evokes tears, you know it packs a powerful emotional experience. I love the line referring to God and why He often seems silent: "Remember: the teacher is always quiet during the test." There were some other gems too. I think this novel would appeal more to Christians, but it should make all readers think about their personal beliefs. I received a copy from Book Fun Club. All opinions are my own.
Gods Not Dead 2 by Travis Thrasher is a novelization based upon the blockbuster movie from Pure Flix. I enjoy this authors works; they are always first-class. Although I have not read Gods Not Dead, this title is a stand-alone work, with just a few references to the previous one. His plots are entertaining but provide a deeper, more substantial theme.
In this novel set in Hope Springs, well-liked high school history teacher, Grace Wesley, is under fire for answering a students question about Jesus during one of her classes. The student, Brooke Thawley, has no objection to Graces answer, but Brookes parents immediately press charges, claiming separation of church and state. Grace is devastated but refuses to apologize to be reinstated, saying and fully believing, that she has done/said nothing wrong.
Tom Endler, a lawyer with the teachers union, is chosen to represent Grace in her battle for First Amendment rights. Tom is not a Christian and does not believe in the cause. He and his father have not had a good relationship, his mother is dead, and the only family member with whom he keeps in touch, is his elderly grandmother, suffering dementia and in a nursing facility. Tom is struggling with his life and his practice but he gives her defense his best attempt.
Amy Ryan, a reporter and blogger, formerly posting scathing words about Christianity, recently found faith while battling cancer. She had watched a legal battle unfold at Hadleigh University a year ago, and she becomes intrigued, then passionate, about this new classroom battle.
Both Tom and Amy start a journey to understand this faith that Grace exemplifies, and they fight for free speech rights of Christians in all walks. This novel is very entertaining and intriguing, with a deeper message. I highly recommend this book that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Written in a good style to keep me hooked. It is a page turner as it keeps going back and forth between a few different people with different viewpoints on what is happening. The trial and those involved have roadblocks and bumps along the way. It tugs at my heart and leaves you on edge until the end to see how it will all end up. I havent seen the movie I have only read the book! I loved it!
I was given the book from bookfun.org and these are my opinions.
have been Blessed to read and watch both of the God's Not Dead 1 and 2 stories. I love how these stories seem to parallel what is happening in America today. The author Travis Thrasher has brought the premise of those wishing to abolish God from our lives alive for all to read and see.
While the first book focused on a conflict between professor and student within a class setting, this second book tells the story of a teacher put on trial for simply stating facts and answering a question posed by a student in her class. The prosecuting attorneys hope to humiliate and set a precedence for future reference. The author does an excellent job of showing the reader not only the perspective of a "Christian" but of those who do not believe. I love how we are given facts and opinions from both sides.
Grace is a confirmed Christian. Tom, her attorney, is a lost soul. Amy, a blogger from the first book, is stuck somewhere in between. Grace stands tall in her faith. She never wavers no matter what the world throws at her. Tom does not believe but is willing to take the case. He tells her that even though he may not believe the one thing he doesn't do is loose. However, will all of the research and facts change his mind in the end? Amy was an atheist in the last book who found God during her cancer battle. However, now that she is healed, she is not sure if she truly believes. Will the facts and the emotions of this case bring her answers?
With all of the powerful emotions and arguments about this topic, I would recommend both believers and non believers read this story. I plan to look up many of the other books and scriptures presented in this story.
I received a copy through Bookfun. I wrote the review from my own experience and enjoyment.