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Glorious Appearing: The End of Days: 12 (Left Behind) [Kindle Edition]

Tim LaHaye , Jerry B. Jenkins
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From Publishers Weekly

Jesus returns at last in this 12th novel in the phenomenally popular Left Behind series, vanquishing his foes and ushering in a new millennium of peace and righteousness. Ray Steele is the only member of the original Tribulation Force alive to see it, however, since Buck Williams endures a bloody death in the opening pages. The novel’s pacing suffers greatly from its own foregone conclusion. Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia, once a fearsome and suave foe, is reduced to shrill hysteria in this installment, and seems more of a cartoon character than a credible instrument of Satan. And the final wars (there are four of them in quick succession) add no drama to the plot, since believers are by that point impervious to harm; neither the bullets from the Unity army or the supernatural lightning raining down from the sky can touch the Christian holdouts. It must have been difficult to imagine the words that Jesus would speak on such an occasion, but the authors’ cautious solution-to draw almost solely on the statements spoken by or about Jesus in the New Testament-feels wooden. However, the book is not devoid of humor, and fans of the series will enjoy the gentle, affectionate camaraderie that exists among the excited members of the ragtag brigade of believers. For readers who have stuck with this soap opera through thick and thin, there is a real emotional payoff in seeing the characters’ reunions with their loved ones who died during the Tribulation.
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Thousands of years of human history stained by strife, death, and sin come to an end when the King of Glory returns to earth. The satisfying conclusion of the seven years of tribulation covered by the Left Behind series portrays the return of Jesus Christ to earth in both glory and judgment at the height of the battle between the forces of evil gathered at Armageddon and the remaining Christian believers at Petra and Jerusalem. A repackage of the twelfth book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (March 16 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than people give it credit for July 9 2004
By Jeff
A lot of the reviews I have read of these books tend to put it down by comparing it to other end of the world books. And while I will admit that these are not as smart or engaging as some of the the better books that cover the same topic like Fire of Heaven or We All Fall Down, I still really enjoyed them. A friend introduced me to the first book and I cut through all 12 books over the past two months. In a way, it's not really fair to compare them to some of the other books because they are trying to do different things. Left Behind seems to me to try to simply tell a great story about the end of the world. It's light, but what's wrong with that? I really felt like I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next when I finished a book and the very next day would order the next one. I call that a success. A book like We All Fall Down is obviously much more intense and thoughtful, the characters seem much more like real people, and it gives you more to think about, but why does that make Left Behind bad? Can't The Ten Commandments and The Passion both be good movies?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Appearing: The End of Series! July 7 2004
Being a devout Catholic, I must confess! The series was good, this book was okay but I'm glad they finished it! Frankly, for years I thought that the Book of Revelation would make a great story, and the authors clearly thought the same way. This was the main reason I started reading the series. As it goes on though, we begin to realize loooooonnnnngggggg!
Enough about the series. Let's talk this book. The good: Happy ending. The bad: Way too much scripture. I'm a big Bible reader but most people will find the scripture exposition to be dull. If you do, just breeze through it because it won't throw you off the story. The fact is, if you've been reading the series, you've read it before, several times. The ugly: Not enough of it. Old Nick makes for a great character. He's rotten to the core, funny as hell (forgive the pun!!) and not in this book enough!
Keep in mind that I'm talking about this book purely as a novel. I don't get my theology from popular novels or movies (Catholic, remember?). Clearly, many fans of this series are treating it as Gospel. If it brings people to Christ, that's great but once they show up in church, they will discover that an awful lot of stuff taken literally in this series is regarded as symbolic to all but the most fundimentalist congregations. Anyway, I recommend you buy the book and that you read the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Taking Revelations a bit too seriously July 7 2004
I read this series and this book as fiction. I am a recovering Catholic, who to this day still gets chills when I try to imagine a place where sinners burn forever. As fiction, this series is sub-par. Poor writing, two-dimensional characters, and a feeling that the writers lost their focus as the money started rolling in.
To take the book of Revelations as anything but symbolic results in the kind of nonsense exhibited in this series. Good fiction allows you to see the perspective of the good guys and the bad guys. And it paints those character in other shades than black and white. But in this series, you could end a description of every good guy using the words "with the heart of gold," while every villain's description would end "the sadistic, pompous moron."
And the explanations given for questions that have troubled anyone who has read the Bible are sparse or non-existant. One simple example. During the Rapture, all children under a certain age (I don't recall exactly; 16 maybe?) are taken. Would this have included child murderers? And how much would it have sucked to have turned 17 the day before the Rapture. There went your free pass.
It became impossible by the end of this series to not feel the authors thought I was a moron who wouldn't recognize God if He stood 500 feet tall in front of me while vaporizing a horse. Hey- maybe I am that stupid; I did buy all 12 of their books...
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A check of the booklist on the first few pages of The Glorious Appearing foretells a prequel and a sequel.
Although I read all the previous books of the Left Behind series after being introduced by the movies starring Kirk Cameron, I resisted reviewing the books because the review would have been negative with not much to balance my opinion.
With The Glorious Appearing, however, I decided it was time to summarize my thoughts of this book and the series.
First, the authors are primarily writers of religious and spiritual non-fiction. The authors are no Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness), C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters), or Stephen King (The Stand). Therefore, their attempt at fiction through the Left Behind series has both its good points and bad points.
The Good of the Left Behind Series:
The characters. The writers have imagined a large cast of characters, biblical and non-biblical, and revealed enough of their backgrounds, relationships, inner turmoils, and transformations to cause the reader to care about their struggles and what happens to them during the course of each book. The characters are what cause the reader to pursue the stories to the end (or supposed end) despite the limitations and irritations of the writing style. Which brings this review to...
The Bad of the Left Behind Series:
The writing style. While the first two books of the series, Left Behind and Tribulation Force are bearable, the subsequent books, #3-11, reveal a writing style that is extremely irritating and dismaying. The stars would range from four for the first two books down to two and one stars for the books following.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect & on time
can't put it down, I am reading all tim lhaye books
Published 2 months ago by jbrookes
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Published 10 months ago by jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
The last book in the series when I first reaf the books... now, of course, there are the 3 prequels and a sequel, but this remains 1 of my favorite 2 books in the series. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Doctrine of Ethnic Cleansing?
In some ways this book is funny yet profoundly stupid. The writers Tim F. Lehaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have gloriously taken away the essence of Jesus Christ, which is Love. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Francesco Tore
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is an embarrassment
I'm sorry, but after reading a few pages of this book, it is apparent that the authors are merely cloaking their brand of racial and ethnic intolerance as pseudo-pious... Read more
Published on July 18 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Spare me that "old-time religion"
Now let me see if I got this right: Jesus returns to earth on a bloody rampage in which he lifts his left hand, a chasm opens in the earth, and every non-Christian on the planet... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by JLind555
1.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like good solid, militant, intolerant religionism.
If a Muslim were to write an Islamic version of "Glorious Appearing" and publish it in Saudi Arabia, jubilantly describing a massacre of millions of non-Muslims by God,... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by rick in houston
3.0 out of 5 stars ETBR - Glorious Appearing
1. Reflections: More than half of the text in Glorious Appearing are direct quotes from Scripture. Do you think this will change the fiction market? Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Benjamin Seeberger
1.0 out of 5 stars Deadly dull
I had read the first five books of the series in hardback, but since my local library carried all the books on audio cassette or cd, I decided to listen to them all while driving... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by SandyP
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