BTKReviewed by Jennifer J.

There is a land of two kingdoms, one ruled by the Good Prince and his father the Great King, and the other by the Dark Prince. In the kingdom of the Great King, everyone is eternally seven and lives on chocolate chip cookies for breakfast and mint chocolate chip ice cream for dinner. The children of this Great King spend their days knowing they are loved by their prince and their mighty king. But there is sadness beyond the gate that separates the Upper Kingdom from the Lower Kingdom, and people that grow old and know sorrow and pain.

Tommy, a resident of the Upper Kingdom, is the reluctant leader who will descend into the Lower Kingdom. Armed with love and the gift of Humility, Tommy will let those who despair in the Lower Kingdom know of the love and forgiveness his prince and king have to offer. Tommy and his friends must learn to work together and trust in each other as well as the Good Prince and the Great King, or those in the Lower Kingdom will have even more to lose. In a showdown with the Dark Prince, Tommy and his friends will have to resist his seductive charms to conquer the ultimate evil.

Between Two Kingdoms just might be 2010’s The Shack. On the surface it is a fantastical adventure tale complete with magic, all powerful God-like beings, immortality, and even swords. But if one looks a little deeper, he or she will see that this story is also a Christian allegory thick with symbolism and metaphors. Some of the symbols are easy to decipher, such as the Good Prince (Jesus Christ), the Good King (God), and the River (Holy Spirit). Other meanings are not as easy to unravel, such as the Dark Prince. My first instinct is that the Dark Prince is Satan, but when his true name of “Adam” is revealed and he later says, “All I want is to be free. To be left alone. Please give me one more chance. I know I can do it this time…” I immediately thought of Adam the First Man and his failure to heed God’s warning about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Could the Dark Prince be the Adam from Genesis, or was he Satan? Is Boyd trying to say that Adam and Satan are the same?

Between Two Kingdoms is a book that a church book club or a youth group might find great value in reading together. Someone who is just learning about Christianity might have some difficulty in understanding and deciphering the message, but at the same time it could be a valuable introduction to believing and trusting in God and the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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