This is the sixth book in The Truth Chronicles series. If you missed them, here are my reviews for Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, and Book 5. Keep reading after the review for an interview with author Joe Westbrook.

"The Chase" left us back in the past, with Jax, Izzy, JT, and Micky having made an amazing discovery. They've found Noah's Ark! Our friendly foursome spend the early chapters of the book exploring the Ark, hypothesizing on how Noah and his family cared for the animals and why modern searches haven't uncovered the Ark, and discussing theories about ice ages. The excellent focus on Biblical reasoning continues to be strong throughout their adventures.

Meanwhile, Pastor Rich's situation remains perilous in the Middle East. The authorities are willing to exact severe punishment on him and his friends for distributing Bibles to underground churches. Will Pastor Rich be required to give his life for the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Our young friends come back to the present day in time for the annual science fair. The competition is stiff, with JT and Micky going for repeat wins and many other great entries as well, but Jax and Izzy are confident they will place first. It's after the winning project is announced and our group has gone out for their traditional post-fair dinner that they learn of Pastor Rich's arrest. Is it possible that they could plan their most daring trip through time and rescue their friend and mentor? Seeking prayer and parental counsel, the mission is deemed too dangerous for anyone except Jax and Dr. Thompson. The outcome is an exciting conclusion to this wonderful young adult series.

I received my copy of the book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

I'm pleased to share with you this interview with author Joe Westbrook. He graciously agreed to answer the following questions:

ReviewsByErin: Are there going to be any more books in The Truth Chronicles series? Do you have any other writing projects coming up?
Joe: At this point, we don't have any more books planned for The Truth Chronicles series. As much as Tim and I loved writing these stories, they take a good bit of time, and Tim in particular is busy with several other projects. I myself am working on multiple ideas (I can't ever seem to be content with just one!), and am hoping to actually get one completed before the end of the year.

ReviewsByErin: How long have you been interested in writing?
Joe: I first got interested in writing when I was in 6th or 7th grade. I had read a book by fantasy author Terry Brooks, and was under the mistaken impression that the book I'd read had been published while he was still in high school. I got the idea, then, that I should be able to get published before I graduated, too. That didn't happen, but I did graduate with two ideas written out to about 50 pages each.

ReviewsByErin: If you had a time machine and could go to any point in the past to observe and/or explore, what are some of the things you would go back and see?
Joe: Because of my interest in theology, I would like to travel back and meet the New Testament authors, especially Paul, and get absolute clarification on some of the things that have caused Christians to be confused and divided over the centuries. I would also like to go back to the day of the first moon landing, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the day Babe Ruth famously called his home run to center field in the 5th inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series

ReviewsByErin: Do you think time travel will really be possible in the future?
Joe: I am not a physicist, so research and theory may have concluded that the maxim "Matter cannot be created nor destroyed" is not necessarily set in stone. However, based on that maxim, I would think that time travel would not be possible because you would have to pull matter from one time and add it to another time. Maybe (and I'm really reaching here) if time travel was conducted through some sort of wormhole that linked two periods of time in a way that matter/energy could travel back and forth as long as the wormhole was open, but I still have my doubts. However, time travel, wormholes, and other related phenomena make for fun writing.

ReviewsByErin: Which of the main characters of The Truth Chronicles do you relate to the most, from a spiritual perspective? Were you a believer from a young age like JT, convinced after a little searching like Jax and Izzy, or did you fight kicking and screaming all the way like Micky? Praise the Lord that He is able to work in all kinds of hearts and circumstances.
Joe: I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. My dad was a pastor until I was almost 8 years old, and I grew up attending church. I came to know Christ personally as a pre-teen. In that respect, I'm definitely more like JT (my first and middle initials, incidentally). I split my personality some with Izzy, too, in that I like to reason things out. And yes, God is great and merciful to work with so many different minds, hearts, and attitudes!

ReviewsByErin: Your co-author Tim Chaffey works for Answers in Genesis, which is a great resource for learning about Biblical creationism and history from a Biblical perspective. Are there other organizations, websites, or books on these topics that you would recommend for readers to check out?
Joe: When it comes to creation and science, I also recommend the Institute for Creation Research and Creation Ministries International. For resources pertaining to evangelism, Ray Comfort's ministry, Living Waters, has some excellent resources. And I have greatly benefited from John MacArthur's ministry, Grace to You, with his expositional preaching through the entire New Testament.

ReviewsByErin: Where can we follow you online and stay updated about future writing projects?

Joe: There are several ways readers can follow both Tim and me. My Facebook author page is and Tim's is Fans of The Truth Chronicles can interact with us on that series specifically at Tim's website/blog is and my website/blog is

This is the fifth book in The Truth Chronicles series. If you missed them, here are my reviews for Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, and Book 4.

"The Chase" takes the action up a notch as Jax, Izzy, and JT race through time to find out who has stolen their original time machine, and worry about Mickey's reaction to other cliffhanger events from the previous novel. As they pursue the thief to a new time and location, the trio come into contact with more extinct animals and observe the post-Flood world in a new and exciting way.

The side plot with Pastor Rich doing missions work in the Middle East continues, and gives readers a lot to think about. How far would you go to see God's Word spread on foreign soil? Would you be willing to face the consequences if you were caught? I can't wait to see how this is wrapped up in Book 6.

When the trio catch up to the time machine and its thief, it's the last person they were expecting. JT loses her cool, which was actually a little refreshing and quite realistic, given how she has seemed Miss Perfect in every other situation she has been in. Even those who strive to make good choices and have good attitudes all the time, this humble reader included, make mistakes and fall on their faces sometimes. Even though she then felt terrible, JT rallied with a beautiful humility to restore the relationship that had been threatened by her outburst. I thought the whole situation was very positively handled!

Facing new challenges with the change in time and location, Jax and company work hard to ensure they are leaving no permanent imprint on the past, and are trying to get themselves and their thief safely back home when they realize there's something very special about the shelter they have found. But you'll have to tune in to Book 6 to find out what it is, although I think we can figure it out by taking a peak at the cover and title! I am eagerly awaiting Book 6's arrival and the resolution of this set of stories. How is the big discovery going to impact the present lives of our time travelers?

I received my copy of the book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

This is the fourth book in The Truth Chronicles series. If you missed them, here are my reviews for Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3.

"The Thief" is the start of a new adventure for Jax, Izzy, JT, and Micky. This story opens nine months after "The Rescue" ends, when the kids are gearing up for another science fair at their school. The guys are working on building a cloaking device, while the girls are attempting to invent a matter transporter. First, though, they're off on school nature trip which will afford them plenty of opportunities to enjoy God's creation and see if what they are finding lines up with what they have learned on their trips back through time.

One thing I enjoyed about this book was that JT had more of a leading role. She and Micky get to have lots of scenes together. Micky still isn't convinced that the Bible is true, and is sure that with time and opportunity she'll be able to prove the others wrong.

Pastor RIch, the much-loved youth pastor who has meant so much to JT and the gang, gets his own subplot as we follow him on a mission trip to the Middle East. Although he knows he is risking his life to distribute Bibles to underground churches, his faith is strengthened as he sees God make a way for His Word to reach people who have never had their own copy of the Scriptures.

When our group of time travelers find out that some of their inventions have been broken and stolen, the kids are off on an adventure that will carry them into Book 5. I flew through Books 4 and 5, not wanting to put them down! Be watching for my review of "The Chase" to be posted here soon.

I received my copy of the book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

This is the third book in The Truth Chronicles series. If you missed it, here are my reviews of Book 1 and Book 2.

The foursome of time-traveling friends is back! "The Contest" left our group hanging in a dangerous situation in a pre-Flood world, and "The Rescue" picks up the adventure seamlessly. This was my favorite of The Truth Chronicles books so far, as the intensity of the story was so well-done. When Izzy and Micky interact with humans in the past, are they inadvertently changing the future?

When they get back into their normal time, Jax and friends have the opportunity to get to spend time with their Christian scientist friend Jonas. Lots of good conversations follow, continuing the series' theme of examining scientific evidence in light of a Biblical worldview. Noah's Ark comes up, setting up a story which will continue through the next few Truth Chronicles books.

In this story JT and Micky perfect their hoverboard technology, Izzy realizes he must make a personal decision in regards to believing the Bible is true, and Jax and his family receive a huge surprise. As I said, this was my favorite Truth Chronicles book to date, and be watching soon for a review of Book 4, titled "The Thief." I can't wait!

I received my copy of the book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

This is the second book in The Truth Chronicles series. If you missed it, here is my review of Book 1.

"The Contest" picks up immediately where "The Time Machine" left off. Jax learns that the authorities are further investigating the death of his father, believing that Mr. Thompson might have been somehow knowingly involved in the accident that took his life. Jax immediately forms plans to use the time machine to go back and try to clear his father's name, but how difficult would it be to go back to that day and not find a way to intervene in the tragedy?

Meanwhile JT continues persuading her friends to consider Biblical creationism and how their first trip back in time fully supports her views. Izzy, Mickey, and Jax agree to attend a youth service at JT's church, and JT also arranges for them to meet a prominent scientist  for discussion at a nearby university. Blown away by the overwhelming truth from all angles, Jax decides to embrace Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, although he still has plenty of questions about creation and many other subjects. Izzy and Mickey remain impressed but unmoved, although they agree to weigh all future evidence by both creation and evolution theories and see how the two compare.

There are many detailed discussions about creation and evolution in this book. I also enjoyed seeing a continued positive portrayal of the Godly counsel that can come from parents and ministry workers. This is the kind of book that any parent could allow their child to read without concern for the influences they will find within.

This book ends on quite a cliffhanger, as the quartet of friends return once again to 4,500 years ago to see what observations they can make regarding their different opinions on the formation of the Earth. When they are unexpectedly separated, how will they be able to find each other and make it safely back to the time machine? I'd recommend having Book 3 on hand when you finish this one so you won't have to wait to see how everything turns out!

I received my copy of the book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

Being a scientist runs in Jax Thompson's family. His father had even solved the formula for time travel, but lacked the energy source necessary to make an operational time machine. Now Jax and his best friend Isaiah, better known as Izzy, are seeking to combine his father's last invention with the Space-Time Generator to finally be able to go back in time. The guys are competing with their good friends JT and Micky, who are attempting to invent a hover board in time for their school's science fair.

Every attempt to go back and see the dinosaurs ends up a failure for Jax and Izzy, until they decide to change tactics and go back 4,500 years to see the building of the pyramids. They're shocked when the time machine works... except their destination looks like what they expected to see seventy million years ago! Did something go wrong? When their adventure takes a serious turn, Jax returns to the present and brings back JT and Micky to try and rescue Izzy.

JT is a Christian and recognizes that although the guys think the time machine malfunctioned, what they are seeing and experiencing lines up with what the Bible says about creation. Although uncertain about how to share her beliefs to three friends who think evolution is the only scientific answer for how the world began, JT is prayerful and considerate in bringing out truth and encouraging the others to find out more for themselves.

Jax doesn't trust God or believe that He is good in any way. Why should he believe in a God who let his father die? Yet he cares deeply about his friends and feels responsible for their safety. Will he listen to JT's words of wisdom, or will his bitterness break apart their friendship?

"The Time Machine" is full of adventure, Biblical principles presented in easy to understand format, and real life teen struggles. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has young science fiction lovers in their families! I look forward to the rest of "The Truth Chronicles" series and reading the further adventures Jax and his friends.

I received my copy of the book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.



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