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Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days

by Tim LaHaye, Angela Elwell Hunt, Jerry B. Jenkins

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Series: Left Behind (1)

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Airline captain Rayford Steele goes in search of his family and answers to how billions of people just disappeared off the face of the Earth.
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    The Anti-Christ Handbook: The Horror and Hilarity of Left Behind, Volume 1, The First 200 Pages by Fred Clark (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: An exhaustive and entertaining explanation of why Left Behind is not only bad literature, it's bad theology.
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    Father Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael D. O'Brien (gabriel)
    gabriel: Father Elijah also deals with the Last Days, but does so without the very questionable theology of Tim LaHaye. It's spiritually powerful and quite well-written.
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    Jesus & the End Times by Michael Barber (fulner)
    fulner: You read the fictional story, now find out, what did Jesus REALLY say about the end of the world? Is the rapture even biblical?
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    Godspeed, Carry My Bullet by Ian Lewis (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Though Lewis's work does not deal with the Rapture but rather with a dystopian society that resulted from a division of the U.S. into two governments with much of the Midwest being a DMZ, there are similar themes in that there is an underground/resistance movement and people on the inside working for that resistance. Also an assassination within the series.… (more)
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    Das Allheilmittel by Jennifer Valoppi (rxtheresa)
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    The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation by Barbara R. Rossing (SkepChris)
    SkepChris: The Book of Revelation can be read in various ways. The interpretation in the Left Behind series is extremely negative. This book can balance the scales.
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    Interview with the Antichrist: His Hour Has Come by Jeff Kinley (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both deal with fictional ideas of the end of the world as we know it, beginning with the rapture and moving on to the rise of the Antichrist and the tribulation.
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    Rapture, Revelation, and the End Times: Exploring the Left Behind Series by Bruce David Forbes (eromsted)

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  BLTSbraille | Nov 5, 2021 |
Millions of people have suddenly disappeared, and no one knows why--except those who have heard about the end-times prophecies in the Bible.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 12, 2021 |
Truely enjoyed this work. LaHay and Jenkins wrote a captivating story about how they think it might be like during the rapture. ( )
  FirstTemple | Sep 3, 2021 |
The writing was bad. It was so bad. I was expecting a really good story with some fantastic character development. I wanted to live and breathe in this future world. Instead, I got characters with no substance and a lot of preachy bits thrown at me. I was surprised, as popular as this book was. These books were not what I expected, but since I was given several of them as a gift, I read them. They never got better. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
After reading through this series, I'm leaving a series review here for anyone thinking of starting it:

The first few books are the best ones. At this point in the series, one feels compelled to read for hours on end finishing entire books in one sitting. At about book 6, the series goes downhill. The characters become obnoxious and annoying. One starts to get a feeling that the authors have some strange view of leadership which include no questioning or replacing the man in charge, even after he makes selfish decisions that get other people killed. Followers (especially women) are held to a much higher standard of behavior than the leadership for some strange reason.

By the last few books, it gets to be a struggle to actually keep reading and I found myself skipping page after page of what was basically quotations from the Bible. Not that I have anything against the Bible, but extensive quotes make the last few books read more like a bit of narrative inserted into an extended sermon rather than the other way around.

Potentially one of the most risky things about this series is that it is clearly intended to get people thinking about their relationship with God. However, given the level of fictional violence and gore attributed to God, it is likely that if someone who is questioning/seeking were to read it, the series may actually push that person away from God. The fictional account portrayed as Biblical prophesy may also cause a seeker to start questioning other portions of the Bible rather than strengthening their faith.

I would only recommend this series for persons who already hold end times beliefs that are the same as the authors or for people who already have a very strong/secure relationship with God that isn't going to be swayed by a series that basically portrays God as Old Testament wrath on steroids.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tim LaHayeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hunt, Angela Elwellmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jenkins, Jerry B.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferrone, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kummer, JeroenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sondericker, JackNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weyandt, EvaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Voor Alice MacDonald en Bonita Jenkins,
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Rayford Steele's mind was on a woman he had never touched. With his fully loaded 747 on autopilot above the Atlantic en route to a 6 a.m. landing at Heathrow, Rayford had pushed from his mind thoughts of his family.
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