Left Behind Paperback – Feb 12 1996
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Piloting his 747, Rayford Steele is musing about his wife Irene's irritating religiosity and contemplating the charms of his "drop-dead gorgeous" flight attendant, Hattie. First Irene was into Amway, then Tupperware, and now it's the Rapture of the Saints--the scary last story in the Bible in which Christians are swept to heaven and unbelievers are left behind to endure the Antichrist's Tribulation. Steele believes he'll put the plane on autopilot and go visit Hattie. But Hattie's in a panic: some of the passengers have disappeared! The Rapture has happened, abruptly driverless cars are crashing all over, and the slick, sinister Romanian Nicolae Carpathia plans to use the UN to establish one world government and religion. Resembling "a young Robert Redford" and silver-tongued in nine languages, Carpathia is named People's "Sexiest Man Alive." (This reviewer, a former People writer, finds this plot twist plausible.) Meanwhile, Steele teams up with Buck Williams, a buck-the-system newshound, to form the Tribulation Force, an underground of left-behind penitents battling the Antichrist.
Ex-presidential candidate Pat Robertson briefly outsold Michael Crichton with his apocalypse novel The End of the Age (now available on audiocassette), and the similar The Third Millennium sells well, but the Left Behind series is the absolute champion in the race to make the Book of Revelation into racy thriller reading. --Tim Appelo
From Library Journal
On a flight from Chicago to London, several passengers aboard Capt. Rayford Steele's plane suddenly and mysteriously disappear. When Steele radios to London to report the situation, he discovers that the incident on his plane is not an isolated phenomenon but a worldwide occurrence. As Steele begins his search for answers, he learns that the Christ has come to take the faithful with Him in preparation for the coming apocalyptic battle between good and evil and that those who have been left behind must face seven dark and chaotic years in which they must decide to join the forces of Christ or the forces of Anti-Christ. Jenkins, writer-in-residence at Moody Press, and LaHaye (A Nation Without a Conscience, Tyndale, 1994) have written a gripping thriller that captures the anxiety and fear that interpretations of Revelation often inspire. For most libraries.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I'd heard about this book, of course, but had never been interested in reading it, until I picked up a used copy on a whim. After just a few pages, I was hooked. It's full of action and drama, told in an easy-reading style that makes the pages fly by. I expected it to be preachy, but it wasn't; it was thought-provoking and intense and left me almost breathless at the end, ready to get the next book in the series. It's a great story, entertaining and down-to-earth, about the end days predicted in the Bible. Highly recommended.
This book, like most religious fiction, is probably not appropriate for the type of christian who is a hardcore student of theology - such a person's experience of Left Behind would be of their differences in interepretation or even the biblical errors of the book. On the other hand, for a casual christian, such as myself, these errors don't seem significant when compared to the book's message. Likewise, atheists probably would be downright offended by a book like this as it portrays them as eager followers of Antichrist in spite of overwhelming evidence of his identity.
Make no mistake, this is a controversial book which is very powerful to the right reader. I hope this helps.
Rayford Steel, pilot, planned to have his first extramarital affair with his flight attendant Hattie Durham. However, half the passengers and some of his flight crew disappear, leaving their clothing and belongings behind, and he knows what happened. His wife and son are gone, and he feels guilty and afraid. Newscasts televise the plethora of accidents and crashes that occur because the drivers suddenly disappeared. The world is in chaos.
One of the passengers on the plane is Buck Williams, who also plays a key role in developing a Tribulation Force to stand against the anti-Christ. Buck is a feature writer for a magazine and has access that many do not, including to the man who rises from the ashes as the most powerful man on earth.
Why was it the best selling Christian fiction and New York Times' number one for so long?
The writing is not strong but, like others, I was engrossed in the story and possible answers. There are many books about John's Book of Revelations, the last book in the New Testament, but none encompasses the depth of this series. This also coincides with my own personal beliefs about the End Times therefore providing validity to my thoughts. I read the entire series within a few weeks, and then passed the books on to a friend.
This book may not capture your interest, the style may irritate you, but I enjoyed it.
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Great book giving a clear picture of what happens after the Rapture to those that are left behing.Published 2 months ago by Sheila Ann Munro
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Did not like it the book, jumps around too much, seems like one story dosn't finish everything before another story starts.Published on Feb. 21 2013 by Brian Speich
The only thing I did not like was how they just left you hanging at the end. Is there another book?Published on Jan. 27 2013 by Barb
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