Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook return at last to the time-travelling world of the Truth Chronicles, following the adventures of four teens from Silicon Valley Prep. Like the original trilogy, this newest installment is wonderfully illustrated by Inkhana. My boys always look forward to her illustrations. I don’t think the series would be the same without her.
While I stubbornly refuse to give any spoilers, the book’s title gives away the fact that there is a thief in this book. And most of us can only think of one particular item [aside from the McFly – my personal nickname for their hoverboard]: the time machine itself! As for the identity of the thief… let’s just say that the authors give us more than one suspect to consider.
The storyline is entertaining, but I feel compelled to warn you that this book is a build-up for the next novel. If Chaffey and Westbrook can make good use of the board they’ve set up, the next book [or two] in the series will be just simply awesome!
The characters themselves have grown since the series began. JT has been a strong Chistian character and a role model since Book 1. Jax and Izzy have also since given their lives to Christ, largely because of the evidence the time machine was able to provide for the truth of Biblical history. Micky gives lipservice to Christianity to fit in with her friends, but does not really believe it. Like evolutionists today, she refuses to believe despite all evidence confirming the Bible because she doesn’t want to; she knows belief in the Bible’s veracity would have consequences for her worldview and lifestyle. This book also implies that she’s been burned by Christians in the past. Book 4 continues their character development in a believable fashion.
As I’ve said before, one of the defining characteristics of this science fiction series [and one of the reasons I so heartily endorse them] is that the authors do not shy away from theological issues; so in addition to dealing with sci-fi questions of how their time travelling adventures might affect the future, we explore a whole host of issues dealing with creation, evolution, apologetics and the Gospel itself through the conversations and character development of our teen heroes.
In this book, teens will encounter discussions concerning:
- Tree rings and the age of the earth [pp. 16-19]
- The tranquil flood theory [p. 35]
- The idea of “zombie Jesus” and talking snakes in the Bible [pp. 42-43]
- Why Goliath never faced a “little” David [pp.43-48]
- Church-State Separation and a student’s Constitutional rights [pp.48-51]
- The point of argument if we’re just rearranged cosmic star dust [p.52]
- Environmentalism and conservationism in light of the Bible [pp.62-66]
- How sacrifices in the Bible and other religions point to the Fall and our need for salvation [pp. 98-105]
- How youth services that are light on Biblical authority (and the age of the earth) are undermining Christianity [Chapter 8].
For apologetics-packed fiction with an engaging story, pick up a copy of The Thief today and get ready for book #5: The Chase. And be sure to Like the Truth Chronicles Facebook page.
-Rev Tony Breeden
From the Bookwyrm’s Lair
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