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ISBN-13: 978-156722983-7
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GOD
QUEST
JONATH AN GEORGE
JONATH AN GEORGE
the elliott chronicles
GOD
QUEST
the elliott chronicles
W
hile helping the museum curator catalog forgotten artifacts,
fourteen-year-old Brianna Elliott and eleven-year-old Seth
Elliott stumble across a mysterious clock thought lost for nearly
seventy years. When the clock is wound, they slip through an
interdimensional portal and tumble into an enormous archive.
There, Brianna and Seth meet a peculiar old man known as the Time
Chronicler who provides the Elliott siblings with a powerful book that
sends them on a whirlwind journey into the distant past. But not just
any past. They find themselves in the heart of Old Testament times. In
their travels, Brianna and Seth experience the wonders of the God of
Israel meant to guide them to an encounter with the King of the Jews.
jonathan george
Jonathan George began writing for children
in 2006 when he authored a devotional
style study guide called “Coach-in-a-Box”
for children and adolescents involved in the
Bible Quizzing program. He has previously
written two pre-teen novels,
The Diary
Dilemma
(2011), and
Mystery at Peabody
Manor
(2013). He has four children and
lives in Alvin, Texas.
GOD QUEST
In an exciting, suspense-filled children’s story, Jonathan George takes
us on a journey back in time to Bible days to solve a mystery. Along the
way we discover important truths about the oneness of God and the
true identity of Jesus Christ. I recommend this book both for reading
enjoyment and support of our Pentecostal message.
-David K. Bernard
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God Quest
The Elliott Chronicles
By Jonathan M. George
Design by Elizabeth Loyd
Cover art by Jordana Priessler
Copyright © 2015 by Jonathan M. George
All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced, stored in
an electronic system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,
mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of
Word Aflame Press. Brief quotations may be used in literary reviews.
This novel is a work of fiction. All characters are fictional and any similarity to
people living or dead is purely coincidental.
Printed in the United States of America.
Printed by
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
George, Jonathan M., 1969-
God quest : the Elliott chronicles / Jonathan M. George.
pages cm
Summary: “Only an encounter with God manifest in the flesh will convince Brian
na that God is one. Join Brianna Elliott, as she and her brother, Seth, travel back
in time in their quest to find God. Will she be able to find the One who created the
world? Or will He find her?”– Provided by publisher
ISBN 978-0-7577-4645-1 (alk. paper)
I. Title.
PZ7.G29332Go 2015
[Fic]–dc23
201500608
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For Rev. David K. Bernard
June 2014
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table
of
contents
GOD
QUEST
The Antique Clock
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The Mysterious Archives
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The Time Chronicler
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The Talking Bush
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An Unpleasant Welcome
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The Shaking Mountain
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Dedication Day
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An Audience with the King
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The Riverside Preacher
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Brianna’s Mission
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Roadside Respite
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One Taken, the Other Restored
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The Search Begins
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The Lost Book
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A Way of Escape
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The Desert Stranger
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Glad Reunion
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A Familiar Face
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Return to the Archives
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Back to the Museum
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preface
“Begin at the beginning,” Lewis Carroll wrote in his famous
novel,
Alice in Wonderland
. To fully understand the oneness of
God, we have to begin at the beginning—how God revealed His
oneness to the Jews in the Old Testament.
God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening,
communing with the people He created. After Adam and Eve
sinned, humanity lost that connection with God. Many turned
to all sorts of other things to worship: the sun, the moon, the
stars, animals, sticks of wood, statues of stone and metal, even
angels.
Then Abram stepped into the scene. God told him to leave
the polytheistic land of Ur of the Chaldees and follow after
Him. If he did, God promised to make a great nation out of
him, a nation that would in time be known as Israel.
Four hundred thirty years later, Moses followed God’s direc
tion to lead Israel out of bondage. Moses, writing in the Law,
stated unequivocally there was only one God: “Hear, O Israel:
The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4). So begins
the sacred prayer known as the Shema, recited by devout Jews
to this day.
From Scripture we learn that God is a spirit, eternal, invis
ible, without form, and not bound to any single point in time.
In the Old Testament, God chose a variety of forms to reveal
Himself to man: a burning bush, a pillar of fire, a cloud. In the
New Testament God assumed the form of man, born as a child
named Jesus. Paul wrote, “but when the fullness of the time
was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made
under the law” (Galatians 4:4). God came as a man to fulfill the
meaning of the name of Jesus, “Jehovah-Savior” or “Jehovah
our salvation.” The God who could not die Himself became a
man, born of woman, so that He could become the “Lamb for
sinners slain.”
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While some Jews refused to believe that Jesus was the
promised Messiah, they never stopped believing that there
was only one God. This had been drilled into their under
standing from the time they were children. Similarly, those
Jews that believed Jesus was God—such as His disciples and
the apostle Paul—continued to believe in the oneness of God.
They left us record in the New Testament of a God who could
be both God and man, both Ancient of Days and our sacrifice
for sin. Paul summed it up best when he wrote to Timothy,
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of
angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up into glory” (I Timothy 3:16).
The story you are about to read will take you on a journey
through some amazing Old Testament stories. Experience
the wonder of God as He speaks from a burning bush. Wit
ness His supremacy as the only God of the universe when He
causes the mountains to shake. Moses wrote:
Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation
from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by won
ders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and
by great terrors, according to all that the L
ord
your God did
for you in Egypt before your eyes? To you it was shown, that
you might know that
the L
ord
Himself is God; there is
none other besides Him
(Deuteronomy 4:34-35, NKJV).
These events set the stage for God’s grand entrance into
the world as Jesus the Savior.
Jonathan George
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11
chapter one
the antique
clock
march
3, 1948
“Okay, Sam, that’s the last crate. Where do you want me
to set it?” Leroy lumbered into the stockroom with a wooden
box cradled in his arms.
Sam Keenan, the white-haired museum curator, peered
over his reading glasses and eyed his assistant. For nearly
four hours, the two had carted, cataloged and stowed away
at least fifty boxes of artifacts from the estate of Mr. J. W.

McGregor. The recently deceased reclusive multimillionaire
had amassed a wide collection of antique clocks and time
pieces from around the world. With no known family, Mr.
McGregor’s once cherished treasures were donated to the
museum.
Sam waved a finger toward the corner of the basement.
“Just put the box down over there, Leroy.”
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