The Vanishings Mass Market Paperback – Jun 26 1998
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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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend Left Behind The vanishings because it keeps your mind thinking. Whenever you would stop reading you would want to keep going. Left Behind about these four kids who don't even know each other. Judd is running away from his parents because he is getting annoyed of his parents so he finds his dads credit card and then he goes to the ATM machine and gets a lot of money off of his credit card. Then he goes to the airport and gets on a flight. He is on the plane when he notices that people are just vanishing. Then there was Vikki whose mom usually wakes her up and then one morning her mom didn't wake her up so she figured that she had just decided not to wake her up. When she sat up to see what time it was then she saw that her sister was gone, but her school clothes were still on her bed. So she figured that her sister went to school with her play clothes on. Vikki then decided to wake up and then she saw that both of her parent's cars were there still. She said that very rarely is it that both of her parents go to work with their friends. Then there was a boy named Lionel who had a cousin that made bad decisions and didn't believe in God. They were both sleeping downstairs and then next morning they saw that her parents and sisters were gone right out of there beds. Then there was Ryan who didn't even know anything about the people vanishing. Now I don't want to spoil the rest of the book so I am going to end this now so good luck with this book.
Vicki-The Rebel: Vicki Byrne's parents are no devoted Christians and neither is she. Living in a trailer park, hanging out with friends who smoke, drink, and does things like that, Vicki is taught that religion and Christianity as trash, 14 year old Vicki is shocked as a pastor comes to a dance her parents always went to every Friday night. Before she knows it, her parents are 'brain-washed by Christianity' and were eagerly trying to explain about God's love and forgiveness to her. She drives her parents crazy with her stubborn and scorning attitude at them. One morning she wakes up to discover that her Christian little sister Jeanni and her parents...GONE!
Lionel-The Liar: 13 year old Lionel Washington comes from a respected and wealthy family, even though they are black. His family are Christians and he thoroughly enjoys going to church and singing hymns, but in his heart, he knows that he had never actually accepted Jesus as his Savior. He knows that it goes deeper than just loving to go to Church, but it means by loving God and Jesus. His Uncle Andre and he are both same: Christians who aren't really Christians in their hearts, but they just go to church. But how can he tell his mother, who thinks that Lionel is one of the best young Christians she knows, that he did not believe in Christianity?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
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