Saturday, April 30, 2016
God's Not Dead 2 by Travis Thrasher
This story follows Grace Wesley and her life as a high school teacher. In class, a student named Brooke Thawley, asks her a question about Jesus, which she truthfully answers. Grace ends up getting called out by Brook's parents and the principal of the high school, having a lawsuit brought against her as well as being suspended from her job.
Tom Endler is a lawyer with the teacher's union and gets assigned to Grace Wesley to represent her. He finds himself doing research on something he's not even sure he believes in. His research brings him to a reporter named Amy Ryan who we met in the first God's not Dead movie. She battled cancer, survived and is questioning everything she ever thought she believed. If you have not seen the first movie, Amy Ryan wrote a blog that basically criticized Christians and made fun of them. It wasn't until the end of the movie where she realizes she has been wrong all along.
Also mentioned in this second book, are a few other characters from the first book and movie: Martin Yip, Reverend Jude and Reverend Dave. Joshua Wheaton, star of the first book and movie was also briefly mentioned.
I have to say that I really loved the first God's not Dead movie and I wasn't sure the second movie/book could be made quite as well, but I loved it too! The characters were perfectly developed and the story was compelling. It had a story line that was very realistic considering this type of thing happens a lot now in schools. I loved how the author brought back characters from the first book, and tied their stories into this book as well. For me, it's definitely an inspiring read. I found it hard to put down. I rate it as 5 stars.
I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.