Monday, March 15, 2010

between two kingdoms

I’m so proud of Joe. His first book, Between Two Kingdoms, was just released. Even though he had given me a pdf earlier, there’s something about holding an actual book (with a very cool cover) when you’re reading a fantasy novel, so I just finished it last night.

For those of you who haven’t met Joe, he’s the real deal. Over the last two-and-a-half years, we’ve become fast friends…and I can’t imagine doing ministry without him. With that, I’d like to give my ringing endorsement of BTK:

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.

There you have it. And have fun devouring Joe’s book.


  1. We at VCC are grateful that he is sharing his gifts with us. We are blessed! Val

  2. I love the book. My reading of it was very engaging, much like watching a movie. In fact, I can see this story line in a film, no problem.

    Boyd presents real life challenges to how we operate in faith, how we're tempted (and fall into it), and how easily we fight over the color of our treehouses.

    I, too, identified with Lewis in Boyd's book. He did an excellent job writing it.

  3. Can a person who has proclaimed Jesus as their Lord; of which after receives the Holy Spirit and be possessed by demons at the same time? My understanding of the Word of God is no, but it troubles me that there are people taking on leadership within the church who do believe this. They are quick to believe some doctrine cause the feel good about the person giving the seminar or who wrote a book. Will you touch on this in your teaching please? How can people who believe in this be able to give hope of the gospel to others when it seems they don't even understand it? They dismiss it as wording when it is very essential and not something to toss aside as a slight disagreement.
    Thank you for your time. I know this is not direct to post.

  4. I don't read much fiction, but this definitely sounds cool (and perhaps not as "fictional" as it seems).