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“Exile of the King” Wins Gold in Adult Fiction

I recently was notified that Exile of the King, the second novel in the Age of the Kingdom series, has won the Gold Medal for Adult Fiction at the Christian Book Awards.

Quest for a King, the first novel in the series also won this award, so I praise God for this blessing.

The Age of the Kingdom series follows several families through multiple generations during the time leading up to and during Israel’s united monarchy 3,000 years ago. Quest and Exile cover the years prior to King Saul through his death in battle.

The series will continue with The Eternal Kingdom, which traces the first half of King David’s reign, and the fourth novel, yet to be named, will cover the second half of David’s reign.

There will either be five or six novels in the series, depending on whether the reign of Solomon is given two volumes.

Quest for a King and Exile of the King are available now and can be purchased here or at or your bookstore can order them from Ingram.

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“Quest for a King” Wins Christian Book Awards Adult Fiction Category

A few weeks ago I was notified that Quest for a King, the first novel in the Age of the Kingdom series, was an official selection in the Christian Book Awards. Today I found out it won the Gold Medal Award in the Adult Fiction category! Praise the Lord!

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It’s Here!

It’s here! I got my own copy of “Quest for a King,” my third novel and the first book in the Age of the Kingdom series. It’s available NOW! Find out more at or order from OR “anywhere books are sold,” as in, your local bookstore can order it for you.

Here’s what some friends who have read advance copies have said:

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So I did a thing…

In 2010 I began working on something that I called Thine Is the Kingdom. It was a historical novel based on the book of 1st Samuel in the Bible. I wrote it from the viewpoint of a number of characters, some named in the Bible, some mentioned but not named, and some fictional. The fictional characters actually took center stage.

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“What Is Truth?”

Examining the historicity of 1st & 2nd Samuel, continued

In the previous post, I started my look at the historicity of some of the favorite stories in the Bible, which are the subject of my new novel Quest for a King, the first book of the proposed “Age of the Kingdom” series. The title “What Is Truth” is a quote of Pontius Pilate, when he was questioning Christ. Today, it is popular for people to talk about “my truth,” as if you can pick and choose what you believe to be true, but that is just a cop-out and gives permission to avoid truths that make people uncomfortable.

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“Really Truly Stories”

Examining the historicity of 1st & 2nd Samuel

I read A LOT as a child.

I attended a very small denominationally operated school with a fittingly small library. By the time I left the school I had read every book in the library at least once.

I remember from my childhood a series of books called “Really Truly Stories.” I don’t remember reading them, but I always remembered the name of the series.

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The Joys and Pitfalls of Writing Historical Fiction

I’ve always loved history. I know, I’m a nerd, but not just a history nerd; I’ve been a band nerd, an audio-visual nerd and a coding nerd.

I love history enough that I have always read books on history and watched documentaries without it being required so, in college, I discovered that I could take sociology courses to fulfill my humanities requirement. As a result, I didn’t take a single history course in college. I figured I already knew it all (!).

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“Backlash” Featured on “Relatable Voice” Podcast

Gary Ivey was recently interviewed about his novel series “Backlash” on “The Relatable Voice” podcast, hosted by Lucia Matuonto.

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The Relatable Voice is also available on Google Podcasts, Breaker, and Radio public.

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