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Praise for Between Two Kingdoms

Reviews are rolling in for Between Two Kingdoms. Check out the following:

Joe Boyd has written a page-turner in this fast-paced fantasy of a Dark Prince’s shadowy rule over a land where the True King is slowly being forgotten and usurped. With masterful storytelling and deft cliffhangers closing each chapter, readers are easily drawn into this sharply-imagined novel. A clever plot device poses the inhabitants of the real Prince’s Upper Kingdom as eternally seven-years old, making their risky life-and-death mission into the Lower Kingdom a more powerful allegory. Lovers of fantasies from C. S. Lewis to J. K. Rowling rejoice: a new author has delivered the goods! And with a parable that will rattle your view of “real” life. – Dave Workman, Author of The Outward Focused Life

Mr. Boyd is a teacher, a pastor, an actor and a screenwriter. His goal in this story is clearly evangelical, and you might consider reading it with adults who are new to the faith, or are seeking the truth, and discussing it chapter by chapter as suggested above. Mr. Boyd avoids “Christianese.” There are no churches or pastors in the story, but the truth of God’s love for us, our sin, and the wonderful gift of salvation and security are vividly pictured. – LeeAnn Bonds, Bible Basics Editor

Between Two Kingdoms by Joe Boyd, is a powerful allegory about living in the last days of Earth.I like the way the characters are presented as both seven-year-olds, and adults…I am embarrassed to admit I was half-way through the book before I remembered Jesus’ words, “. . . unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Boyd is creative and innovative in his portrayal of the kingdom of Heaven. Erin Cronin, Christian Children’s Book Review

This is a fascinating parable that takes a deep look at what is faith in the Lord as Tommy performs his mission but temptation is everywhere he goes. Readers who relish an interesting Christian saga with a timely message to the doubting Thomas and Thomasina as well as encouragement to the faithful will especially want to read this allegory. However, the measure of how well it is written is that the non-believers will relish Tommy’s saga in the Lower Kingdom on a holy mission. Harriet Klausner

Between Two Kingdoms is a fantasy book with use able data for our daily lives. This is the first thought I had while reading these stories filled with verbal imagery. What I found was so much more. There was one surprise after another as I read each and every chapter. I saw me in those pages. I saw you in those pages. Joe Boyd has a great imagination and grasp on all things not of this world and of this world. The way he describes constant distractions that keeps our lives from being 100% happy and free is one extreme. All the ideas I realized I have on Heaven and the way the church should be are revealed as another…

Do you like to read stories that stand alone as individual pieces or be a part of one giant story or puzzle? Do you like C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien fantasy books like The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings? Have you read The Shack by William P. Young? If you have, then this book fits right in with those stories and descriptions of who, what and where God is and Jesus his son. If you have not, I hope that you will read them all in the future. You don’t have time to read them all? Ok, then read this one first because it is the shortest and then work your way to one of the others. I believe you will love this story and place it on your shelf for many to read. It will be a classic in the future just like all of C. S. Lewis’ works. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. – Bradley Evans

Between Two Kingdoms by Joe Boyd is a beautiful and meaningful fantasy. I think any older child, young adult or adult would find themselves captured by the Higher Kingdom of light and the Lower Kingdom of Darkness. For me this book became more than a fairy tale. It became something like my real life or my real psyche. There is a light side where I always remain seven years old. Then, the dark side where everything is vague and I am old. When I am old, everything is dark, dreary, dense, ugly. I would much rather stay seven years old forever. Then, I would have the chance to meet THE KING and THE PRINCE. I would live on Mount Basilea in a breathtaking palace. I would always believe in innocence and kindness…For me this is more than a fantasy. BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS is my daily life. Joe Boyd has written a fabulous, not to be missed allegorical novel. It took me on an adventure. Parts of the adventure seemed so familiar. I wondered had I visited this place at another time and met Tommy, Mary, Bobby. The Prince? Yes, surely I’ve felt His angelic touch. – I Love to Read Blog

Sneak Peek – Chapter One

Between Two Kingdoms is set to release in less than three weeks. The first chapter of the story is available for free download now. Here is how it begins…

Mount Basilea pierced the highest clouds in the sky, rising up sharply from the center of a large island in the middle of a vast ocean. The edge of the island was ringed all around with low, rocky hills and cliffs, which made the lower valley regions of the island impossible to see and barely approachable by any seafaring travelers, had any dared venture that way. On one side of the mountain, the thick, dense forest that began somewhere in the clouds gave way about two-thirds of the way down to barren lands and the harsh, angular shards of an obsidian landscape. But on the other side of the mountain, fertile foothills with quilted croplands hinted at civilization somewhere behind the rocky ring. And above the lush forest, glittering like a rare jewel set upon a velvet pillow, shone the crystal towers and golden walls of the Palace of the Great King.

The palace marked the heart of this mountain kingdom—the Upper Kingdom, which had no beginning, but always was. The Great King, whose name was ancient and unpronounceable, ruled the entire expanse of the Upper Kingdom—every tree and animal, every stream and pathway. His son, the Good Prince, faithfully served his father with eternal devotion. The King and Prince had justly and lovingly ruled their subjects for as long as anyone could remember.

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