The Reign: Out of Tribulation
BOOK ONE: Out of the end of the world as we know it, comes the beginning of the world we dreamed of and prayed for.
In a small, Iowa town, survivors of unprecedented global war and natural disasters set out to rebuild their lives. So much of what has happened in recent weeks defies explanation for the remnant of the resistance to the last Dictator, survivors of the last human war.
Out of tribulation and loss, they stumble into a fresh breeze of hope that seems too good to be true. Yet, peace has fallen all around the world and the new ruler in Jerusalem enforces that peace through an odd assortment of people spread over the Earth. Even the weather and wildlife have been transformed for the comfort of the remaining people.
Could this be what the Christians looked forward to for millennia, the Kingdom of God come to Earth, the Reign of Jesus Christ?
Even in the face of gracious prosperity, for the world and its inhabitants, the seeds have been planted for one last human revolt against God.
The Reign: On Earth as in Heaven
BOOK TWO: In a world ruled by the King of Kings, and overseen by millions of glorified saints, whole cities full of resisters have risen from the fringes of the populated portions of the planet. Joshua Stippleman has stretched beyond the quiet and satisfied life offered by the peaceful kingdom, in order to rescue children from those rebel cities. His extraordinary gifts for reading the hearts of people, and the wounded children particularly, have been instrumental in healing the souls of hundreds of survivors.
Committed to staying single, well into his middle years, Joshua’s resolution is challenged when he meets Natalie Warren, a beautiful congresswoman from Portland, Oregon, a woman famous for her protection of the environment…and for her ability to fly under her own power. Drawn to another mortal who has broken out of the constraints of the old physical laws, and human expectations, Joshua must decide whether to complicate his already adventurous life, by opening his heart to the possibility of romance.
This is the second book in THE REIGN series. The first, introduces the new world under the rule of Christ on his throne in Jerusalem, and tells the story of Rodney Stippleman, retired army captain and Joshua’s father.
The Reign: Eden Restored
BOOK THREE: Six hundred years into the thousand-year reign of the King in Jerusalem, a close cohort of mortal humans continue to experiment with the divine power once only wielded by the saints who died and returned to rule with the King. New generations are training in these powers, even as some live for more than 500 years, in the peaceful realm. Children once rescued by Joshua Stippleman, from abusive homes in rebel cities, have grown up to lead others to freedom.
Rebel cities continue to expand, and the number of those revolting against the King has surpassed the population of the loyalists. The population explosion—in a world with little disease, no poverty and no wars—has driven technical solutions including a colony on the Moon, floating cities on the oceans and in the air, and three-hundred-story buildings.
Even amid this technological expansion, the servants of the King maintain Eden zones, where mortals can live as Adam and Eve did, in a safe and fruitful garden, free from fear and free from bondage to technology and possessions.
The Reign: War to End Wars
BOOK FOUR The final book in the story of The REIGN.
At the end of 1000 years of peace, the rebel governments have grown and prospered beyond any in history. When a sinister power is released into the Earth, a false messiah conspires to unite those governments against the King in Jerusalem. The invasion of dark spirits bends a giant shadow over the inhabited universe.
Joshua Stippleman has lived longer than any mortal human. Now he and the other loyal servants of the King are vastly outnumbered. But a new generation of faithful worshippers energizes the resistance against the beast who has been released from the pit.
As predicted in Christian scripture, the nations will be seduced into attacking the King and his followers. What sacrifice will be required of his people? Perhaps to die for him? And what about the deceived? Is there any hope for them?