God’s Not Dead 2 is written by Travis Thrasher. The story takes place in Hope Springs and focuses around legal proceedings involving a teacher, Grace, who answered a student’s question about Jesus. The class was discussing Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and being nonviolent. The student asked if that was what Jesus meant about loving our enemies. The parents of the student who asked this question are the ones filing the complaint. Grace refuses to apologize as she would rather stand by God and be judged by the world than stand by the world and be judged by God.
Grace’s attorney, Tom is struggling to get his law practice off the ground after moving back home with the death of his mother. He represents the teachers’ union basically has no choice as to if he will take the case. To help his finances, Tom tutors a group of law students from the local college. One of his students we meet is a young man who was involved in a similar situation last year at the college he attended. Tom was raised by Christian parents but is not a believer himself. He feels he has never been able to measure up to what his father expects of him.
We also meet a blogger, Amy, who is in remission from cancer. Amy use to criticize Christians in her blog but stopped after finding her faith during her illness. She does not have a relationship with her mother, and wants to make this right. Amy sits in the courtroom every day and blogs about what happens. She also talks with some of the students.
I like this story, it is a reminder to us to stand up for our faith regardless of the situation. I like how the story is very realistic in how non-believers question if there really is a God. If there is, why do bad things happen to good people and not who we might consider to be a bad guy. The story also is a reminder to us that God is in control. I really like this story and will recommend it to my friends. I give it 5 star.
ISBN 13: 978-1-4964-1361-1
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.