Left Behind (Left Behind #1)
by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
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.
I really enjoyed this book. Gets a bit preachy here and there, but since the whole point of the book is to explore the Rapture and the aftermath of it, I expected such.
I like how the book follows two main characters whose experiences, reactions, and paths taken after being left behind are different, but linked. The supporting characters are just as realistic and important to the book. I think Buck's tale drew me in more than Raymond's. There seemed to be a lot more tangible and spiritual danger to him. The final meeting blew my mind.
There are scriptural references sprinkled throughout to lend authenticity to the imagined way things would go down. Found them interesting.
I think folks who love apocalyptic stories might like this as well, regardless of religion. Devout Christians in particular may find the story encouraging and validating, while the casually religious might find it frightening.
I bought my copy of this book at a thrift store.
About the Authors:
Timothy "Tim" F. LaHaye was 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.
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 185 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 now teaches writers to become authors here at his website. He and his wife Dianna have three sons and eight grandchildren.
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