Book Review: Left Behind (Left Behind Series) by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

Posted June 18, 2014 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: Left Behind (Left Behind Series) by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. JenkinsLeft Behind by Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye
Series: Left Behind,
Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. on March 16th 2011
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Futuristic, Religious
Pages: 496
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781414334905
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three-half-stars

An airborne Boeing 747 is headed to London when, without any warning, passengers mysteriously disappear from their seats. Terror and chaos slowly spread not only through the plane but also worldwide as unusual events continue to unfold. For those who have been left behind, the apocalypse has just begun. A repackage of the New York Times best-selling novel Left Behind.

The moment I saw the first trailer for HBO’s new series, The Leftovers, I remembered that I planned to read The Left Behind series years ago. So it was on a whim that I decided to check this series out. The apocalyptic series by Tim LaHaye is about what happens when a small percent (~10%) of the world’s population mysteriously disappears in the blink of an eye. Told through the eyes of an airline pilot, and a journalist, readers are left pondering what faith means to them.

I am a Christian, but I definitely consider this series written for a niche market. It is so steeped in Christian beliefs that I don’t see how non-Christians can enjoy it. I’ve only read the first book in the series so far, but one of the reasons I feel it may turn off non-Christians is because it doesn’t provide the viewpoints of people (Muslims, Jews, etc.) to this major global event. The few Jews mentioned in the novel have either decided to convert or out to kill those who have had a change of heart. I also felt like the book was giving the message that only Christians can be true believers in God and will be saved. Considering that Christians, Muslims, and Jews worship the same god, this viewpoint it what made the book seem very polarizing.

The one thing I really enjoyed was the impending battle of good and evil. Through the course of the book we learn that a great evil will rise as warned in the Bible, and will usher in the End of Days. The hunt for the Antichrist is what made me get truly interested in the story as it reminded me a bit of Stephen King’s The Stand. Overall, this novel was enjoyable to read and does pose many great theological concepts, but I found it to more exclusive than I thought it would be. Nevertheless, using The Rapture as a storytelling focal point was pretty interesting, and I may end up reading more of this series down the road. I’m just not chomping at the bit to do so.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Overall: 3.5

About Jerry B. Jenkins

Jerry Bruce Jenkins is an American novelist and biographer. He is best known as co-author of the Left Behind series of books with Tim LaHaye. Jenkins has written over 180 books, including mysteries, historical fiction, biblical fiction, cop thrillers, international spy thrillers, and children’s adventures, as well as non-fiction. His works usually feature Christians as protagonists. In 2005, Jenkins and LaHaye ranked 9th in Amazon.com’s 10th Anniversary list of Hall of Fame authors based on books sold at Amazon.com during its first 10 years. Jenkins and his wife Dianna have three sons and eight grandchildren.

About Tim LaHaye

Timothy “Tim” F. LaHaye is an American evangelical Christian minister, author, and speaker, best known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins.

He has written over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction.

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