ABOUT THE BOOK (400 pages):
God’s not dead . . . but they’re trying to kick him out of the public square!
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.
Based on the highly anticipated movie sequel, this novel tells more about the story behind the new blockbuster film and gives fans an update on favorite characters from the original film.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Critically acclaimed author Travis Thrasher has written more than thirty books. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.
|Deana Dick||Penny Marks|
|Victoria Brinius||Patrick Cox|
|Lina Kirychuk||Mary Hake|
|Virginia Winfield||Nora St. Laurent|
|Donna McGinnis||Melissa Lemaire|
|Debra Lindquist||Connie Saunders|
|Jacqueline Robertson||Cheri Swalwell|
|Paulette Thomas||Kristine Morgan|
|Nyla Kay Wilkerson||Trish Hedrick|
Thanks for the read, Travis, Cheri, & Phred ~ here is my review link:
“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.
Complete review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/god-is-not-dead-2/
This review will be posted on the Book Club Network, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Gods Not Dead 2 by Travis Thrasher was a great read. It was better than the movie because it went into much greater detail. Loved the book and am so glad I had the chance to read it. It was funny, poignant and made me think deeper about some things.
I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine.
We loved the movie so i had to read the book. My whole family loved this book. The story, the fight, the faith. The story leaves you hanging with several open ends that are not finished. This will lead up to God's not Dead 3. Each day we seem to see a new battle that Christians have to face in regards to their faith and freedom.
I received this book in return for my honest reviews from bookfun.org
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I’d seen the first movie and thought it was powerful. I looked forward to seeing the sequel. I wanted to read the book before seeing this second movie for two reasons, one; there is always more information in the book and second I am a Travis Thrasher fan.
The sequel is set in the same town as last book, Hope Springs. This time the situation takes place in a high school. Grace Wesley is a twenty-eight-year-old teacher, taking care of her 80-year-old grandfather. She has taught in in Martin Luther King Jr. High School for six years, was voted best teacher of the year just last year.
It’s a surprise to everyone that Ms. Wesley finds herself in trouble with the school district because she won’t apologize to them for talking about Jesus in the classroom. Here’s a peek at what happened with her students the day in question. She tells her attorney, “…we were discussing Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and exploring the idea of peaceful nonviolence during class. With all the violence happening in our country today, I thought it made sense to talk about what Gandhi and Dr. King did…..then a young woman asked a question related to this.”
“About Jesus?” Her attorney said.
“Brooks asked if that was what Jesus meant when he said we should love our enemies. So, I said yes, that’s exactly what he meant.”
Attorney’s reply, “That’s exactly how you said it?”
“I agreed with her and then quoted scripture.”
“After that, a student tried to bait me – just to try to get me or the class riled up.”
Seems more than a few students got upset. The whole community and country are watching this event unfold. Protestors for both sides are out in full force. There is an explosion in the court room too.
The opposing attorney states in his opening comments, “Ms. Wesley refused to apologize to make things go away...” He goes one to tell the jury that her main objective in the situation is to turn an innocent question into an opportunity to “preach rather than teach.”
Grace’s attorney explains what’s really on trial here. The attorney says, “Are we now in the business of making people deny their faith?” “The opposition is using this teacher as a pawn to achieve their own agenda; which is to smash faith in the public square debate.”
The battle rages on every side and in the middle, there is Amy Ryan a blogger and reporter. She was battling cancer last year and had a perspective change. She embraced God whole heartily when she thought the end was near. Now she’s in remission and is not sure what she believes. She watches this battle closely. She starts her personal investigation into the existence of God by interviewing students at the High School. She will not be swayed by her near-death experience and all the emotion that came with that. She sought the truth, not emotions involved.
This novelization gives readers an overall view of the “separation of church and state” issue. I found it informative, interesting and liked how they showed this topic from very personal points of view. It will get you thinking about what’s really on trial here. Travis Thrasher makes this novelization work with this style of writing which clearly show the matter at hand in a thought-provoking way with a little touch of romance thrown in for good measure. It’s a win! win!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
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I 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.
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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 haven’t seen the movie – I have only read the book! I loved it!
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God’s Not Dead 2 by Travis Thrasher is a novelization based upon the blockbuster movie from Pure Flix. I enjoy this author’s works; they are always first-class. Although I have not read God’s 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 student’s question about Jesus during one of her classes. The student, Brooke Thawley, has no objection to Grace’s answer, but Brooke’s 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. (posted on Amazon, Good Reads, Christian Books, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million)
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 should make all readers think about their personal beliefs. I received a copy from Book Fun Club. All opinions are my own.
Sorry it took me a while to get to this. I took on too many review books to help out so have been behind. Posted on FB, Amazon, CBD, BAM.