God’s Not Dead 2
By Travis Thrasher
– Based on the blockbuster movie from Pure Flix
Welcome back to Hope Springs . . . where Christian Grace Wesley teaches high school history. She is on the hot seat with the school district after she answers Brooke Thawley’s question about Jesus during a classroom discussion. Suddenly, Brooke becomes a pawn in an epic court case that could cost Grace the career she loves.
Tom Endler, a lawyer with the teachers’ union, is tapped to reluctantly represent Grace in her fight for her First Amendment rights. He finds himself fighting for a cause he doesn’t even believe in. Tom’s research leads him to Amy Ryan, a reporter and former skeptic who found faith while battling cancer and watching the classroom battle unfold at Hadleigh University a year ago. Both are soon on a journey to understand what genuine faith really means as they fight to save Grace’s job and avoid a court decision that could cripple the free speech rights of all Christians in the marketplace.
– from the book.
This book… oh my God! You know those moments in your life were you feel there’s no hope. Those moments when you’re just wondering helplessly trying to believe in something you’re not even sure off. Second-guessing everything around you. Well… yeah. That’s exactly how I was feeling when I first started reading this book.
I’m not saying I went through some life changing journey while reading this book. I mean, it’s good, but you know, it’s not the bible. Or Harry Potter lol (not compering Harry Potter to the bible, don’t condemn me). What I’m saying is that my faith was really shaky when I started reading this book, and it was like a breath of fresh air.
There are so many lives in this book you can relate to. I’m just going to mention the big 3. (that’s what I like to call them, lol)
Tom Endler (the lawyer defending Ms. Wesley) he has some mayor issues whit his dad, a grandmother who doesn’t even remembers him, he is still suffering from his mother’s death and to top it up running away from some hunting-condemning ghost from his past. I don’t want to give spoilers but you’ll see that his journey is inspiring. Plus, his one of my favorite characters from the book (probably why his at the top of the list). His head… wow. I have no idea how his awesomeness (for lack of a better word) is going to be portrait in the movie, cause’ I know that they can’t put bubbles next to his head to write his thoughts, I mean, that would be weird and this are not pictures from the 90’s. (just an idea) lol. But I do hope they can do justice to his character. His questions and sarcastic comments gives the right amount of comedy to this book. I love how his head wonders.
Amy Ryan (our favorite blogger from the first movie) Now, she, is freaking awesome. After losing her boyfriend and battling cancer, Amy finds herself questioning her new found faith and her life in general. This is the character that I relate to the most. Amy spent all her life criticizing and making fun of Christians, but now that she became one, during her battle with cancer and she is now in remission, she finds herself doubting everything even her motives to be a Christian.
This quote from the book will probably say it way better:
“She just wonder now if he was really there in the first place. Did she become weak and suddenly run to the first thing she could cling on?”
That’s her ongoing battle through the book. Her story is just amazing. How she battles and questions everything is really relatable. By the way, I did get some great tips about blogging from Amy.
Grace Wesley (teacher) Okay, now this is who we all aspire to be. After answering a student’s question about Jesus in her classroom she gets in trouble and is threaten to lose everything. Now, this is a real warrior. (she reminds me so much to the lady with the flower shop (google it)) In this book you see her take punch after punch and she never loses her faith. It gets shaken at times but she still stands strong. I want to say so much but can’t, because of spoilers. But when you read this book or go see the movie you’ll see her get beaten to the core. To the point that she feels betrayed. (okay that was a spoiler). It’s absolutely amazing and inspiring to see.
I’m not going to say anything more cause’ I feel the spoilers bobbling in my tongue. Lol. But I will say this, read this book. Definitely watch the movie, I know I will, but read it. There’s so much in it that I know will help you in so many ways like it has help me. It’s just like a breath of fresh air.
By the way, there’s a blog post from Josh Wheaton (the guy from the first movie) that is just amazing. Definitely worth reading. Also there’s a lot of returning characters from the first movie. Now I’m for sure not going to say anything else go see the movie it comes out this Friday and read the book it’s awesome. (I sooo need to write a spoiler full post about this book, I just feel like I want to keep talking about it. lol)
This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishing in exchange of an honest review.