Series: Left Behind,
Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. on March 16th 2011
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Futuristic, Religious
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.