The Newton Chronicles: Soldiers, Crystals, and Temples Excerpt!

About the Book

Book: The Newton Chronicles: Soldiers, Crystals, and Temples

Author: Terry Overton

Genre: Middle Grade Christian Fiction

Release date: November 22, 2022

Luke Alexander’s father is “missing, presumed dead.” But Luke is confident that his father has set off on an adventure and needs his help. Searching through his father’s office, Luke – along with his friends Nathan, a pastor’s kid, and Lydia, a world traveler who knows several languages – discovers some confusing notes about Isaac Newton and finds a strange watch that once belonged to his grandfather. Knowing his archeologist father was on the hunt for Solomon’s temple, Luke and his friends decide to start a search of their own. Little do they know that their search will take them on the wildest adventures of their lives and make the stories of Solomon’s temple and other biblical events seem more real than they ever thought possible. But will their adventures lead them to Luke’s father, or will they only wind up with more questions than answers? Soldiers, Crystals, and Temples is an excellent book for anyone who loves a good adventure and who wants to find the truth that is found only in God’s Word. This first book in The Newton Chronicles will make history and the Bible come alive for readers both young and old.


Assuming I am bothering her, I pull my phone out of my pocket and begin searching Isaac Newton again. The book titles and research entries on the phone are endless. Pages and pages of titles on mathematics, planetary motion, and other topics I had not heard of before.

“Man, this guy really did a lot of stuff,” I whisper to myself.

“Huh?” Lydia asks. “Who?” “Isaac Newton.”

“Of course, he did. He was remarkable,” she says, seeming to be quite familiar with Newton.

Of course, you already knew that, I thought. Pretending her wealth of knowledge doesn’t intimidate me, I continue looking at the titles of the articles and books on the list.

A mouth-watering smell permeates the room signaling lunch is ready. That is a relief because my stomach is making some embarrassing noises. I know Lydia must be able to hear them.

“Come on to the table,” Mrs. Orgel invites.

I stash my phone in my pocket and take a seat at the table. It’s nice that the Orgels invite my mother and me over for meals. Since Dad died two years ago, we do not get    many invitations. Or should I say, since Dad went “missing, assumed dead” two years ago. No one ever found him.

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About the Author

Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed. D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. She began her second “career” after retirement and now writes Christian fiction books and devotionals and hopes to share the Christian worldview through her writing. Her novels, middle grade readers, and picture books seek to entertain readers through the travel experiences and characters included in her books. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas, near the Texas-Mexico border. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, and enjoying family and friends. She has seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.