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4 Stars Out Of 5
June 14, 2010
Between Two Kingdoms is Jo Boyd's take on a Kingdom of God fantasy, complete with a King, good and evil Princes, a magical doorway between two realms, and an atmosphere of both innocence and tragedy. Throughout the tale, we follow our hero, Tommy, and even some of his friends that all are seven years old, while they are in the Upper Kingdom, and as he follows his hero the Prince of the Upper Kingdom. Together they seek to rescue wayward subjects in the Lower Kingdom. Along the way we discover a little something about what it means to have faith, be a friend, recognize true danger, and, perhaps most importantly remember what needs remembering and forget what we need never hold on to.As I first read the book I knew right away what the upper kingdom represented and I knew that this was heaven and the good King was God and that the lower kingdom was hell and Satan rules there, so he is the dark king. The tree houses what was being built on both side I believe represents the mansions that is being prepared for us in Heaven. They are even building them in the lower kingdom but those are the ones I believe that the Good King is trying to convert to the Upper Kingdom.Full of both inspiration and challenge, "Between Two Kingdoms" is a must-read for Believer and Non-Believer alike.I received this book from FSB Associated for review.
Between two Kingdoms is a story about a Kingdom ruled by the Great King and his Son, the Good Prince. The only thing is that this Kingdom has been separated from its lower Kingdom. Both used to be ruled by the Great King and His Son, but Sinkrada former servant of the Kinghad rebelled against the Great King, which caused a division among the children of the King, therefore a division between the upper and lower Kingdom. Sinkrad therefore becomes the Prince of the lower kingdom.It is a story about reuniting these two kingdoms where the one true King rules. Boyd illustrates the struggles between the upper and lower Kingdom in a way that captivates his readers and pulls them into the story itself. But before the lower kingdom can be reunited with the Upper Kingdom, there is work to do, which involves building tree-houses for people to learn about the Great King. Tommy, a child of the King, is chosen by the Good Prince to be a leader in this adventure. This task, however, comes not without a fight against the enemy and his servants.Boyd does an excellent job at illustrating the struggles Christians face, temptation that befalls them, ministry in this world, and devotion to God. With writing that is likened unto C.S. Lewis and a story line that had me feeling like I was watching a movie, I give this book a hearty 4.5 out of 5. There is only one reason I dont give it a total 5, and this is only a small theological preference with regard to the River. However, given the context of what the story illustrates, this is not that big of an issue. I still love the book and would read it again (which is unusual for me).My vote still remains: 4.5 out of 5!