Title: God is Not Dead 2
Author: Travis Thrasher
Publisher: Pure Flix
“A teacher standing firm in her faith and a lawyer trying to step out in faith’s shadows. It’s an odd pairing,” Travis Thrasher writes in his novel, God is Not Dead 2.
~ What ~
At four-hundred-pages, this second in the series paperback targets those who enjoy Christian faith-based stories that include the American legal system. Using the New Living Translation and New American Standard Version of the Holy Bible, it is a story of one woman’s faith being tested when she speaks up, a cancer survivor’s wavering commitment, and a lawyer against God.
Based on the movie with this same title, “Teach of the Year” Grace Wesley answers a question she is asked during a high school history class about Jesus. As innocuous as it is, her reply forces her to jeopardize a job she loves and go to court for her actions.
The cutting, cynical, and sometimes funny Tom Endler is assigned as Grace’s lawyer, and he wants nothing to do with the aspect of trusting in God but appreciates the woman’s unashamed passion for her beliefs.
While the two try to make a case of the real meaning of faith, a blogger who has bashed Christianity in the past becomes circumspect regarding her life as an “in-between,” wondering if God is real.
As the legal battle begins in the courtroom, the three are forced to stand up or ignore what it means to believe in Jesus.
~ Why ~
While I did see the movie version of this book and was not impressed, I enjoyed the eclectic, smooth writing style of the author, especially the first person sarcastic viewpoint of the lawyer, the undecided, wavering blogger, and the teacher’s unfailing faith in Jesus.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God and have no faith in Him may not be interested in this book. Some may wish the movie mimicked the multi-layered relationship between the lawyer and his client more.
~ Who ~
The author of over twenty novels, Thrasher has collaborated with musicians, filmmakers, and pastors. He and his family live in Illinois.
~ Wish ~
There are some threads of the blogger and lawyer’s parents that were not answered but could be in a third book in the series. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are questioning if you believe in God or would be one to stand up for Him, this read puts the topic of faith in Jesus in the forefront involving the separation of church and state. I found the book more engaging than the movie.
Thanks to the Book Club Network and author for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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