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"Someday, Jesus will return to take his followers to heaven.... We will disappear right in front of disbelieving people. Won't that be a great day for us and a horrifying one for them?" That was old Pastor Billings droning on again about the Rapture, and Judd was bored out of his skull. A sarcastic 16-year-old, way too cool for all this Jesus stuff, Judd had even lied about receiving Christ as his Lord and personal Savior. But poor hotheaded Judd is about to be very, very sorry.
The first book in the children's version of Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye's sleeper-hit Left Behind, The Vanishings introduces us to Judd ("The Runaway") and his three imperfect companions: Vicki ("The Rebel"), Lionel ("The Liar"), and Ryan ("The Skeptic"). These four teens, for one reason or another, all failed to submit to the power of the living Lord, despite their friends' and parents' best efforts. And when Pastor Billings's Rapture actually happens--sending Christian-piloted trains, planes, and automobiles crashing as millions of true believers literally vanish in the blink of an eye, leaving behind nothing but their skivvies and their W.W.J.D. necklaces--the four wayward teenagers get religion and fast. The saga continues when they receive a second chance in book two. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes
Jerry B. Jenkins, former Vice President for Publishing and currently Writer-at-Large for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 150 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Sixteen of his books have reached the New York Times best-seller list (seven in the number one spot) and have also appeared on the USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists.
Tim LaHaye is an internationally known author, teacher, and expert on Bible prophecy. He is married to Beverly, who is the founder of the largest women's organization in America, Concerned Women for America. The LaHayes live in southern California.
If you've been searching for the literary equivalent of "Plan 9 from Outer Space" or "Robot Monster," look no further. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Liquid Peppermint
As far as I can see, the sole purpose of this series is to scare prepubescent children into being Christian. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Ursula
What do you get when you take a twelve book series, and then write a teen version which covers a quarter each book at a time?
Answer: A forty-eight book series. Read more
Let me start out by saying that I love the premise. Unfortunately, that is about all I loved about the series. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004
I have really enjoyed some of the books in this series, but I do not find this book the best. I think that it could have been done better, but I do like the main point of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004
Judd Thompson Jr., Vicki Byrne, Lionel Washington, and Ryan Daley, are 4 completely different people, and it takes the biggest event in world history to join them together. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003
I read this book with my kids. [...] All three of them are captivated by every page of each successive book. Read morePublished on May 21 2003 by Christopher L Paul
The Vanishing by Jerry B. Jenkins is about people vanishing because the world is about to end. The main characters are Judd Thompson Jr. Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by D.T.