The Truth Chronicles – Book 2: The Contest by Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook – Risen Books (2010)

The second installment of The Truth Chronicles picks up the time-travelling, truth-seeking adventures of four friends from Silicon Valley Prep. In the previous book, Jax, JT, Izzie and Mickey went back in time 4500 years and found dinosaurs! Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, the four friends set up a contest to see whether the Biblical view of history of the evolutionary timeline is more accurate.

Like the previous book, this one doesn’t shy away from hard questions like God and suffering, the Resurrection and the Gospel. There’s a lot of questions and apologetics to go along with the laughs, drama and action in this series. It’s bound to get your kids thinking and asking questions of their own as they read the arguments presented in this book. In fact, I recommend that parents read this book to their children as a chapter book, as I’ve been doing, so you can take advantage of the many opportunities to build your child’s fath, answer their questions and present them with the Gospel!

In a general sense, The Contest is the Empire Strikes Back of the Truth Chronicles trilogy [although author Tim Chaffey has announced plans to expand the series!]; that is [for you non-geeks], there’s a lot of character development in this book, the plot sets up the next book, and it ends on a cliffhanger. At least one character experiences a major shift (Think Han Solo, A New Hope‘s anti-hero versus Return of the Jedi‘s true-believing crusader). Classic Empire formula!  Yet make no mistake, my boys were riveted to the storyline. Like Empire, this book is my current favorite in the series!

I cheerfully recommend it!

-Rev Tony Breeden
From the Bookwyrm’s Lair

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



About Tony Breeden

Tony Breeden is an author, creation speaker, Gospel preacher, vocalist and artist from West Virginia. He is also the founder of Find out about his books at


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