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Posted October 3, 2013
Finding a book that appeals to a tween yet meets the approval of the parent is often a difficult task. But with the name Bill Myers of the cover of this book you are sure to meet those standards. Kids and adults alike should enjoy this newest adventure by the award winning author.
The story begins shortly after Jake and Jennifer Mackenzie's mother has died in a car accident. The twins have been living with their aunt in Malibu, California but their absentee father has suddenly decided to bring them to live with him in Israel. To say that the twins are reluctant is an understatement.
Another thing that is hard to find is a book that features a strong father figure. This one has that in spades. I really enjoyed seeing the relationship develop between the father and his children. Dr. Mackenzie is such an interesting person and leads an even more interesting life. This eventually appeals to both kids. Jennifer is impacted on the intellectual level and Jake is appealed to on the adventurous level.
The story line is driven by the scripture found in Romans 8:28, "We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose." The events that the characters are put through really bring this truth home. Mr. Myers does a great job of balancing humor and seriousness. Some of the subjects addressed are very serious in nature and they are dealt with head on, but not to the point of making the book so somber you want to put it down. The author's sense of comedic relief makes the story come alive and the pages just seem to fly by.
I'm looking forward to continuing to share this series with the tweens in my life. If you have a tween I think you will find that this book has a very broad appeal to them. It may even surprise you at how much it will appeal to you as an adult! The next book in the series, Choices is scheduled to be released in May 2014.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Posted September 19, 2013
I handed this book off to my 13 year old daughter who devoured it in less than an afternoon. If that's isn't a stellar endorsement, I'm sure I don't know what is. Here is what she had to say about the book.
Truth Seekers: The Machine
By Bill Myers
FANTASTIC! Bill Myers has come up with a book that is not only hysterical-giggles packed, God-packed, and action packed, but also trust-packed. I positively LOVED it.
Jen and Jake Mackensie have been uprooted from Malibu, CA and moved to Israel after their mother's tragic death. Their father, an archeologist, tries to be the father they need, but his work at the dig gets in the way.
Join Robbie, Gita, Ibrahim, Isaac, and the Mackensie's as they try to find truth for themselves. Their search seems to get closer and closer, but Jen is tormented with unknown terrors, and quirky mishaps continually interfere.
Can Jen overcome her fear? Can Dr. Mackensie fulfill his mission-both as an archeologist and a father? Most importantly, can the group learn to trust God with truly everything?
We were provided a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. We were not required to give it a good review. You can purchase this book from your local Christian retailer, or through amazon, Barnes and Noble, or CBD.