About the Book: Truth Seekers, a new a fast-paced, thoughtful, and funny series by Bill Myers is using a 21st century approach to sharing ancient Bible truths.
In book one, The Machine, (B & H Publishing 2013) twin siblings Jake and Jennifer 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 Bill Meyers: 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. And among his best-selling releases for kids are The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle and The Forbidden Door. Bill has sold more than eight million books and videos and lives with two cats, two kids, one dog, and wife near Hollywood, California. Myers has sold more than 5,000,000 books.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, The Machine which is part of the Truth Seekers series because I rarely enjoy these types of books and since it’s a juvenile book I wasn’t real thrilled to read it – I was going to opt to let my oldest read it and tell me enough to review it. That changed when I started reading the first page, it kept me turning for over an hour in which I managed to finish the entire book. The print is larger than your usual adult novel which helped in making the reading go faster, but also the whole story kept you engrossed up until the end and then you’re left wanting more.
Jake and Jennifer are like most brothers and sisters where they try to aggravate one another but when the going gets tough they pull together and really help each other and they truly do love each other. Each chapter is told in one of their point of views, so you may read Jennifer’s POV in one chapter and then it’ll switch to Jake – this is easy to follow although maybe not so much if you’re doing it by reading it aloud to all your children at once, unless you let them know you’re changing the point of view and it may still be confusing to younger children.
There was also quite a bit of humor that goes through the whole book, even though some of it is quite juvenile I still found myself laughing out loud which made my oldest want to start reading it too. I liked the idea of being able to ‘see’ history with the aid of a machine that can make holographic images using archaeological finds – and while you can’t change history what happens in the holograph really happens – so if you get cut you’ll come out of the holograph cut. This is a great fantasy book that I’d say would be good for ages 8 and up to read on their own and there is an included parents guide to make it relate back to God’s Word and how to use what they read to His glory.