Thursday, July 3, 2014

Left Behind - A Review

Published - Tyndale House Publishers, reprinted 2011
Series - Left Behind Series book 1
Author - Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins
Title - Left Behind
Format - ebook, paper, hardcover, mass market paperback, audio

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In a matter of minutes, millions of people across the globe have disappeared. For the rest of the world, they are trying to make sense of these disappearances. Captain Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe Steele, journalist Cameron "Buck" Williams, and pastor Bruce Barnes each have to decide for themselves if the Bible is true and what they witnessed was the Rapture. In the political world, there is a new face on the rise. Unknown Nicolae Carpathia has captured the attention of the world. This fast paced adventure has the characters searching for answers and seeing prophecy lived out.

I first read Left Behind at least ten years ago, probably more. I've read it several times since. While it's not my favorite of the series, I did enjoy the adventure and the thrill of recalling events that I missed the first several times I read the book. I think that if this book gets people to read the Bible, than that's a great thing to have happen. If it promotes discussion of end times events, then that's even better. I know that there are three generally accepted schools of thought regarding the end time events in the Bible among the Christian community. I know, too, that these groups may disagree with each other. I'm not going to say which school of thought I fall into, because my opinion is just that - my opinion. Still I recommend reading and researching for yourself the events in Scripture.

From the first moment he appeared on the page, Buck Williams became my favorite character. I love how he's so determined to find answers.

Still while it was a pleasure to read again, I found just ok. Maybe that's because I've changed as a reader over the years. If I'd rated ten years ago, I'd have probably rated it 4 or 5 stars. But now, for me, it's not a 5 star book. Like I said, I think I've changed as a reader over the years.

I read this book for pure pleasure as part of the Tyndale Summer Reading program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of adventure, end times, prophecy, contemporary fiction

Rating - 3 stars - My reading tastes have changed since first reading it. Full explanation is above.

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