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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Standard Publishing (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0784723583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0784723586
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joe Boyd is a teaching pastor at Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. A gifted communicator, teacher, and storyteller, Joe has been speaking at conferences, events, and churches since he was a teenager. In 2002 Joe left vocational ministry to work in Hollywood as a professional actor and screenwriter. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Cincinnati with their two sons.

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Joe Boyd has forged a unique dual career as both an entertainment professional and an ordained Christian minister.

Joe has been the Teaching Pastor at Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2007. Joe helped to plant Canyon Ridge Christian Church and Apex Church in Las Vegas in the 1990's before embarking on a career as a professional actor, writer and film producer in Los Angeles.

Joe is an actor (SAG/AFTRA) with a strong improvisational background. An alumni of The Groundlings (Los Angeles) and The Second City Training Center (Las Vegas), Joe has performed nation-wide in over 1,000 stage shows including a 500-show run as Michael Just in the Broadway/Las Vegas company of Tony n' Tina's Wedding.

Joe's film and television credits include recurring roles on ABC's General Hospital and Fox's American Heiress.

As a screenwriter and producer, Joe's first film Happily After Forever won several festival awards including Best Romantic Comedy at The New York Film and Video Festival (2005). His most recent project, Hitting The Nuts: The True Story of the Scott County Series of Poker, is slated for a late 2010 release. Joe founded Rebel Pilgrim Productions in 2005. The company is currently producing its fourth film, a faith-based romantic comedy set for a 2011 theatrical release.

Joe is also the Teaching Pastor at Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, a 6,000-member church that believes "small things done with great love will change the world." Through VCC, Joe produced The Road to Emmaus, PA in 2008. Emmaus is a documentary about three seekers searching for God on the road from Jerusalem, Ohio to Emmaus, Pa.

Joe is represented as an actor and writer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Cincinnati. His first novel, Between Two Kingdoms (Standard Publishing), released in March, 2010. Follow Joe on his blog at www.joeboydblog.com or on twitter at @JoeBoyd.

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I enjoy Joe Boyd's story telling style.
Barbara Kurnick
What makes this nice is that you can read the book one chapter at a time, as a sort of devotional, or just plop down on the sofa and get lost in it for a whole night.
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I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something that a boy would like to read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave Workman on March 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Coker on March 15, 2010
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Joe Boyd's fairytale, Between Two Kingdoms, begins with the words of Chesterton, promising, by proxy, an adventure of truth, danger, and perhaps even a dragon waiting to be vanquished. What follows is a delightful tale of childhood faith, broken people restored, and, yes, a dragon of sorts, set within an imaginary realm that somehow contains two very different kingdoms.

Joe Boyd has been on quite the adventure himself over the past thirteen years. During that time he helped to plant a large "church-within-a-church" in Las Vegas in 1997, then transition that into APEX, a decentralized house church network in 2000 (Joe's story was recounted in the 2005 book Emerging Churches by Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger). Boyd is now the Teaching Pastor at the Cincinnati Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and working to integrate his passions for the Kingdom in a new city.

One of those passions is creative expression (Boyd is also a professional actor), and Between Two Kingdoms is his 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 reluctant hero, Tommy, as he endeavors to follow 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 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.

There is much more in this densely packed fable. There are swords, rescue missions, perilous confrontations and mysterious creatures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meredith L. Burton on October 31, 2011
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Joe Boyd is an author whom I've just encountered. "Between Two Kingdoms" is a riveting tale of two vastly different places. Boyd's writing style is simplistic yet also profound. As other reviewers have so eloquently stated, he has a God-given gift for conveying difficult concepts in an easy-to-comprehend style.

The Upper Kingdom is a beautiful land governed by a benevolent king and prince who rule with strength and love. The people of the Upper Kingdom are eternally seven years old. Imagine the luxury of eating warm, chewy chocolate-chip cookies for breakfast each and every morning! Tommy is often sent on missions by the prince to the Lower Kingdom, a land of darkness ruled by a malevolent Dark Prince. Those who enter the Lower Kingdom must face the horrors of lost innocence and rapid growth. Can Tommy rescue his friend, Bobby, from the Lower Kingdom before it is too late?

I was thoroughly mesmerized by the spiritual truths contained within this beautiful story. Mr. Boyd is never preachy, and the best part of this book is the excellent characterization. Tommy is steadfast, yet his vulnerability is superbly portrayed. The Prince is valiant yet also loving and gentle. The other characters are equally well drawn.

My favorite aspect of the novel is the way in which children from the Upper Kingdom help those in the Lower Kingdom to build tree houses. These structures give the subjects under the Dark Prince's spell a glimpse of the Upper Kingdom. Although the bespelled subjects often spend their time arguing over the composition and look of the tree houses, (thus missing the valuable point of why the houses were built), there are those who grasp the reasons the structures are constructed. This truth was beautifully conveyed and very moving.
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This book was so good because of how creatively it was written. It is easy to understand, yet creative enough to draw the kids into the story. Heck, I enjoyed it a bunch too. The kids would even ask me to read it when it wasn't bedtime, and then they'd always beg for one more chapter... Great read, highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Meyer on March 14, 2010
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Call it allegory, fiction, a parable, or a retelling...it doesn't matter. This book is skillfully written and expertly delivered. The metaphorical tale of the delivered and the Deliverer takes you from the bright, heavenly Upper Kingdom to the dark, earthly Lower Kingdom and back again. It's a tale of trust, temptation, and perseverence that highlights the chance of redemption for even the lowest of the low.

Full of both inspiration and challenge, "Between Two Kingdoms" is a must-read for Believer and Non-Believer alike.

Like me, you will want to put a bumper sticker on your car that reads, "Eternally Seven"...and it wouldn't hurt to have cookies and milk for breakfast, either.
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