Truth Seekers: The Machine by Bill Meyers

About The Book:

For ages 8 to 14, Truth Seekers is a fast-paced, thoughtful, and funny new series using a 21st century approach to sharing ancient Bible truths.

In book one, The Machine, twin siblings Jake and Jenny have just lost their mother and are not thrilled about moving to Israel to stay with their seldom seen archaeologist dad. They don’t yet understand how “all things work together for good to those who love God.” But they will when a machine their father invented points them to the Truth.

About the Author: 
Bill Myers is an accomplished writer and film director whose work has won more than sixty national and international awards including the C. S. Lewis Honor Award. Among his best-selling releases for kids are The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle and The Forbidden Door. He has sold more than eight million books and videos and lives with two cats, two kids, one dog, and one wife near Hollywood, California.

My Take:

This is the first book I have picked up by Bill Myers.  I thought the cover  and premise both were very interesting.  It took me a little while to get into The Machine, but once I did, I found it interesting, amusing and entertaining.  This is a great book for kids in the 8-14 age bracket... actually both of my boys are waiting to read it (and they are 11 and 13)!  They saw it while I was finishing up another book and both wanted to read it then.  Looks like we may have a new loved series in our house!!  

When twins, Jennifer and Jake are forced to visit their somewhat estranged father, things don't go well at first.  They have recently lost their mother and didn't really know their father, both feeling a little unloved and distant from him. While at his latest archeological site, things go wrong and they are pulled in to help out, they are also forced to see their dad differently and with new eyes.  They learn that "all things work together for good" and that maybe their father loves them after all. 

I think this is a wonderful introduction to children about spiritual warfare and the fact that WE have POWER over the dark world.  I was really impressed with this aspect of the book. I also appreciated the Parent Connection found in the back of the book that gives a little devotional-type connector for parents and children to do together.  I look forward to Choices, the second book in the series, due out in March of 2014.