Between Two Kingdoms by Joe Boyd
Here's what the book says:
"The Dark Prince of the Lower Kingdom is plotting against my Father and me. Freddie is one of my best leaders, but I need more. I need you in the Lower Kingdom right now."
Tommy tugged at his lower lip. "This is really what you want me to do, Prince?"
"Tommy, this is what you were born to do."
There is a land of two kingdoms, but only one true King. A living land, where foundations grow in trees and rivers sing and breathe. A dying land, where the darkness of a false prince threatens to swallow everything in its shadow.
Enter Between Two Kingdoms with Tommy, an eternal seven-year-old child of the Great King, as he and his friends accept the challenge of the Good Prince to live as grown men and women in the Lower Kingdom -- where hope is hidden, vision is clouded, and pride twists truth into a beautiful yet deadly deception.
About the Author:
A gifted communicator, teacher, and storyteller, Joe Boyd is a professional actor and screenwriter. He is a teaching pastor who uses the power of story to reveal hope and lead others to the gate of God's Kingdom.
For more information, view Joe Boyd's Web site.
Here's what I say:
Between Two Kingdoms is a rather thinly veiled allegory of modern religion. The story is well thought out and imaginative but a little too preachy for my tastes. And it seemed to almost be a collection of short stories, that do flow together but each chapter or so could sort of stand alone as they each had their own sort of "lesson" taught and learned by the characters. In the simplest of terms, the Upper Kingdom represents Heaven and the Lower Kingdom is the Earth. The Good Prince is of course Jesus, while the Dark Prince is essentially the devil. As I said it was an imaginative spin on a concept as old as the bible itself, God asks us each to be choose Good over Evil of our own free will. This book sort of focuses on those little "nudges" in the "right" direction. It was enjoyable, and might be good for church based book group or bible study. But you definitely have to be okay with very overt Christianity in your novels to read Between Two Kingdoms.
As a total aside, not related to the story at all, the book size and shape is a little off. It is not your typical mass market paperback size (6.8 x 4.2 inches), and yet not a trade paperback size (8.9 x 5.8 inches). It measures 6.5 x 4.8 inches, making it shorter than a MMP but wider. And yes I realize that it is only a half an inch or so difference, it was noticeable to me and so I would feel remiss not to mention it. It is neither a good nor bad thing, just something that struck me as odd.
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