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Tales of the Kingdom #2

Tales of the Resistance

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Twelve incidents in the Resistance against the Enchanter, in which residents of the Enchanted City are rescued by the King or his followers as they strive for the Restoration of the Kingdom.

112 pages, Hardcover

First published June 1, 1986

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David R. Mains

59 books21 followers
David R. Mains has been dedicating himself for spiritual growth development programs that disturb ordinary presumptions. During the year 1967 he built an experimental church in a Teamster’s Union Hall in West Chicago. Some church-planting specialists proclaimed that it can't be done but then with a few supporters, the church has grown from only 27 until 500 for ten years.

Mains' system is advanced that he joined together worship with arts and media. He implement a system to service planning focusing one concept making the entire worship communication into just a single but valuable idea. Lay people were invited and brainstorm sermons and he firmly incorporated that each sermon should include practical ideas so it will be integrated with everyday living as Christians.

During the year 1977, Mains replaced his uncle John D. Jess as Director of a national radio broadcast, The Chapel of the Air. He then started to use religious media that would boost spirituality on every listener.

Mains transformed broadcasting as a service to the local church rather than competing them. He then began to train a team to do on-air voices which includes his wife, Karen Mains.

Several experts again warned him that such a service can’t be done but then he was thrilled when the first Spiritual Adventure he implemented had reach 7,000 participants.

Mains has been a Christian communicator and his passion was always for the local church to experience the living presence of Jesus Christ. A pastor once gave him a gratitude for putting his own personal agenda to serve for the good of the local church.

Now, Mains resigned from the broadcast and created Mainstay Ministries which dedicated to help church leaders and its people by several growth tools and training seminars. He established Team Sundays where every church goer would experience a life changing Sunday. His goal in Mainstay Ministries was to help pastors be effective in preaching.

Visit David Mains Mainstay Ministries the - Sunday Solutions. He also put up several resources for pastors called Sermon Series and Sermon Coach. He also established a mentoring ministry for men and women called Hungry Souls.

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1,879 reviews13 followers
July 19, 2017
Reading for our summer morning time...krb 6/27/17

Absolutely wonderful to see the spark of recognition in my children's eyes when reading this allegorical tale. Looking forward to reading the final book in this trilogy...krb 7/19/17
4 reviews1 follower
December 4, 2007
Love love love it, must read it to your kids over and over.
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33 reviews1 follower
February 15, 2018
"The Forbidden Princess" brings tears to my eyes. I love the beautiful illustrations.

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Author 4 books107 followers
May 29, 2022
Beautiful—if brief—sequel to Tales of the Kingdom. Loved getting to see the resistance grow in the place of the Enchanter and the allegories of facing your fears and trusting the King, who knows every orphan's name, resounded deeply.
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933 reviews20 followers
January 2, 2019
In this sequel to the beloved allegory "Tales of the Kingdom," our main character, Hero, is leaving the safety of Great Park to follow the King to the dark world of Enchanted City. It is almost time for the restoration of the kingdom, and there is work to do preparing the hearts of those still enslaved to the Enchanter. Hero has grown since he was a scared boy fleeing for his freedom, but he will be challenged again in being missionary in the world that left once him scarred and lonely.

There are many working for the King in a hidden capacity. Hero discovers and joins the Taxi Resistance, led by mastermind Big Operator, who runs daring rescue missions for those most in need of protection from the Enchanter. They challenge his heralds by honking to confirm whether the news proclaimed throughout the city is true or false. They run back-up for those who scout the streets and are in greater danger of being discovered.

The King Himself is present in Enchated City, calling unto Himself those who are unloved and trapped and forsaken. The Enchanter grows angry and more desperate to capture this upstart challenger. Then comes the black night when the King is arrested and put on trial. When it appears evil will triumph, the restoration is nearer than any of his followers can guess.

This winter I read these stories to my young Wednesday night Bible class, drawing out Biblical insights from each chapter. There were some chapters that I skipped over, feeling them a little bleaker than my 1st-3rd graders needed to dwell upon, but each one is good and full of truth. Maybe someday we will get back to the third book, "Tales of the Restoration," but for now we're taking a break from allegories and getting back to straight Bible stories. I believe these books gave the children some good things to think about, and they remain a much-loved part of my own childhood reading memories.

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249 reviews3 followers
August 31, 2016
I was first introduced to this book, by Philip C. Fields, the moderator of the Daily Bible Reading Podcast - part of our daily Bible reading plan - Digging Deeper Daily which is housed in the YouVersion of the bible devotionals. Philip was reading chapters, at a time, in part of our JoySightings podcast. I think we had gotten to chapter seven in the listening, when I chose to look the book up on Amazon and decided to purchase. I wanted to read along as Philip read. I started all over from the beginning and followed along as I listened to the readings.

What a wonderful piece of allegory. I was mesmerized throughout, but especially in the last chapter's use of imagery. Such vivid pictures raced through my mind's eye as I read/listened to the words of the authors flow through the pages. I was indeed moved with Hope, Visions, Laughter and a desire to seek out the other two books in this trilogy.

Was this book written for young children to understand on their own? I guess it depends on their level of spirituality. As an adult, I loved every single bit of this book. It touched me deeply. I think it's a good conversation piece for families of small children to discuss. Middle school children may be able to comprehend this allegory or maybe it will appeal to them as a nice piece of fiction. With prayer, the Holy Spirit could work on their hearts to teach the meaning of the book.

Highly Recommend this book and hoping the other books in this trilogy will live up to this wonderful work of words.
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Author 2 books14 followers
January 7, 2014
Perhaps not quite as good as the first book in the series (Tales of the Kingdom), but a well-executed allegory of biblical and spiritual truths which should appeal to children and adults alike. My wife and I enjoyed reading it aloud to one another (even though we don't have kids). We're very much looking forward to getting the third book, Tales of the Restoration.
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49 reviews25 followers
July 8, 2008
Great book in a set of three about being warriors for Christ.
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690 reviews1 follower
July 21, 2011
This is definitely my favorite of the trilogy. The illustrations (my edition's are by Jack Stockman, not those pictured here) are gorgeous. The danger and intrigue of the tales are masterful.
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14 reviews1 follower
September 21, 2019
The sacrifice of the King is just the beginning of the true kingdom!

In the sequel to Tales of the Kingdom, Hero discovers the truth about what sacrifice really is. When the King is captured and sentenced to death Hero’s is tested and discovers that light truly triumphs over darkness!
60 reviews50 followers
August 22, 2021
A beautiful allegory; I am glad that I finally decided to read it for myself. I was captivated from the very beginning. This book holds a special place in my heart as my third grade teacher read it aloud to the class at the end of every day.
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74 reviews1 follower
June 10, 2022
mmm not the best show ive ever done. stressful & annoying cast. but i also did portrait of a nobody during this so that saved the semester of drama
i'm literally rating the shows not the actual books what
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263 reviews1 follower
April 28, 2018

Each of these stories is so touching, challenging, encouraging, and I just can’t say enough good things about it! Such a fresh perspective of an old story I know well.
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March 23, 2019

This book series is disarmingly sweet and simply. Every chapter is fuul of life and trth. I only wish I could find more like it.
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323 reviews4 followers
June 6, 2013
First of all, get this old edition with the beautiful pictures by Jack Stockton if you can possibly find it.

Secondly, see my review on Tales of the Kingdom for my thoughts on the audiobooks.

Thirdly, I love this book. I love "The Orphan Exodus" and "Sewer Rat and Boiler Brat". I love "The Most Beautiful Player of All", and Hero and Amanda's quiet romance. Mostly I love the King!

A final note, I DO NOT love the Tales of the Restoration, mostly because I had dreamed of that book for many years before it was published, and when it did I found it disappointingly not living up to its name. At this point I just pretend the third book was never written... leaves me free to live in the Restoration I dreamed of as a child.
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98 reviews3 followers
December 12, 2016
I read this aloud to my four children (11, 9, 4, and 2) and will definitely be reading it again and again in years to come! A lot of these stories really got me choked up, challenged me, and helped us see some things in a new beautiful way. The authors have a deep understanding of the Christian life and incredible imaginations. The lessons learned have come up repeatedly in conversation with my older two since reading this together, and I look forward to exposing these stories to my younger kids as they get older.
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401 reviews33 followers
April 7, 2015
Wow, again. Like the latter half of the previous book, the messages in this book (how the stories apply in real life) take a little more searching to find, but are there in sweet richness all the same. My brother and I greatly enjoyed reading this together, and I look forward to going through it again with each of my younger siblings as they get old enough.
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459 reviews
March 2, 2016
This is an allegory of basically Christ here on earth for children. We really liked the first book. However, in this book, a lot of the stories were very dark, and kind of overshadowed the good message. They still had a good message, though. I would preview any of the stories that you plan to read to young children, as they could be scary.
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616 reviews
February 7, 2014
Great sequel. More action and suspense in this one as Hero and his fellow Resistance workers infiltrate the evil enchanted city and help bring people to the true King. Lots of good discussion with the kids too, about the underlying parallel to Christ's kingdom.
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Author 1 book9 followers
October 24, 2015
This collection takes place in the corrupt Emerald City, where people are being called out to the King's service. My favorite stories are The Most Beautiful Player of All, about an actress called to play out the King's story, and The Carnival Daughter.
5 reviews1 follower
September 22, 2007
It was nice to see an end to this series, but this one was clearly not as good as the previous two.
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101 reviews11 followers
August 5, 2010
I appreciate the allegory, but I don't like how it was portrayed. It was a little uninteresting and sometimes disorganized.
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