As the title suggests, "God's Not Dead" was written to provide evidence for the existence of God. Of the several books I've read on the subject matter -- specifically, combating the "New Atheists" -- it is honestly one of the best. It is well-researched and carefully documented. Broocks cites not only the intelligent, well-respected Christian sources, including Stephen Jay Gould, Gary Habermas, William Lane Craig, etc, but also the intelligent, well-respected atheist sources, including Bart Ehrman, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, etc.
ORGANIZATION AND LAYOUT: The book is basically laid out in three parts. Chapters 1-6 present the evidence for the existence of God. Chapters 7-8 deal primarily with the historicity and reliability of Jesus and the gospels. Finally, chapters 9-10 discuss the impact the existence of God and the presence of Christianity have on the world.
LIFE HAS MEANING AND PURPOSE: I think the best chapter of the book is #6: Life Has Meaning and Purpose. Broocks details early in the book the emptiness of the atheist and evolutionist position when it comes to the meaning of life. If life as we know it began as some primordial goo that exploded and expanded into what it is today, then nothing was behind it, and everything was one great big accident. Yet something that has no thought and no moral direction spontaneously brought forth life that thinks about thinking and has moral capacity to love, defend, and die for others. How could this be?
And if we are simply another kind of animal, as evolutionists would suggest, and if we are simply products of an amoral evolutionary cycle, then why do we experience outrage at various atrocities that negatively affect people around the globe? We do not watch the Discovery Channel and cry foul when we witness a leopard chasing down a gazelle, eating it for dinner. The animal kingdom could care less about equality and justice. Yet, we do, for some reason. And if we're just "another kind of animal", then why should we care about our "fellow animals" who are victimized?
COVER MARKETING: I was/am disappointed with the dust cover of "God's Not Dead" because it looks like a long-forgotten book from the 1970's that nobody wanted to buy. The busy photograph is set on an ugly yellow background, and it fails to capture attention. The reason it matters is because it doesn't have a modern look that is clever and edgy.
I think the advertisement design for the soon-to-be-released movie is catchier. It's plain, but it's bold. It yells: "Watch me!" The cover design for the book doesn't seem to do the same. It's weak
Unfortunately, I visited the PureFlix website and didn't find the movie listed there. Hopefully this movie's absence is only due to the book's early release.
RATING: I believe people with an interest in Christian apologetics and the defense of the existence of God will love this book. It is not merely plan and simple. Broocks put considerable thought into this one, and it will challenge the average reader to think much more deeply about the issue. It will be a good resource to share with skeptical friends and family.
Overall, I give "God's Not Dead" 4 stars. It didn't "blow me away", and there were a couple parts near the end that were not very captivating. I couldn't give it 5 stars in good conscience, but I give it a high 4 stars. It is well-written and mind-engaging.
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze (Thomas Nelson Publishers) in exchange for my unbiased review of it. All opinions are mine. I was not threatened or coerced to provide a positive review.