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Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1)
Left Behind - Left Behind, Bk 1
Author: Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim F. LaHaye
In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear. Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes. In the midst of global choas, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780842329125
ISBN-10: 0842329129
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 994 ratings
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 10
I first started this series when I was 11. It was facinating then... however, from a Christian standpoint, I don't really see that the series has so much meritt as I originally gave them. They ARE novels... and so many Christians act like the end of the world will be like this word for word, almost to a damaging extent. The fact is the truth does NOT lie between the covers of this series. The truth is that we cannot even fathom what God has in store, which is why I believe the Bible has been written in the way it has been. So many things in it are a mystery because we are only finite and cannot truly fathom what lies in the words. I, unlike most Christians, do not believe that the book of Revelation was meant to be taken literally, which is exactly what these books do.

They are harmless, intersting reads. However, they do not contain much moral merrit, which is surprising in a Christian novel.
reviewed Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1) on + 63 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I am new to the genre of Christian Fiction, and found this book at a used bookstore, not knowing anything about it at all. The only idea I had from skimming the description on the back cover and opening to the artwork in the front cover was that I had a vague idea it was about a pilot searching for his family who disappeared while he was on a trans-Atlantic flight. I picked it up after a long day at work, expecting to read for about 30 minutes then fall asleep. I was hooked from the start and read at least 10 chapters on the first night, long after I should have been asleep. For about four days afterwards, thoughts of the book invaded my day, every moment that I was not concentrating on something else I kept thinking about it. I couldn't pick it back up to read it for about four days because I was absolutely shaken by it. The extreme emotions and the utter violence of some of the descriptions, as well as the exploration of faith in a time of desperation and horror, frightened and intrigued me. After I calmed down enough to let the story back into my head, I devoured the book in days (at the pace I read, it usually takes me weeks to finish even a 350-page book). Then I started ordering and reading each of the other books in the series in sequence, not even allowing myself to read a description or summary of any book before reading it in hopes I would not have the story spoiled by reading any giveaways to the plot. It was as consuming as I have heard people describe the TV series "Lost" ... who lives, who dies, whose allegience is tested, who is subjected to violence, who falls in love, who is still standing at the end of the book for the next one. I am about a third of the way through book 6 now, and still just as enthralled. To be honest, I don't know how to disect elements such as probability of the plot, development of the characters, believability, holes in the story, blah blah blah. Who cares? Go along for the ride. It's like an action movie in print.
boydheather17 avatar reviewed Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1) on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
What a wonderful book! It was an easy read and a great story. You develop a relationship with these characters, you find yourself searching for the "answers" with them. When you read this book, I guarantee you that you will hurry on to the next book in the series until you have completed them all. They are amazing books, full of many truths. A must read.
faith4jesus avatar reviewed Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1) on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Wonderful book! My husband who isn't a reader couldn't put down this book or any of the others that go with the series! A must read for everyone!
reviewed Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1) on + 223 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I decided to try it to see what it was about. I couldn't get into it, but know alot of others who really liked the books. I think it was the way it was written and not the story itself that I just didn't like.
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dragoneyes avatar reviewed Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1) on + 590 more book reviews
This is a book that a relative highly recommended to me years ago. I finally got around to reading it. At the time she recommended it, I remember it having a lot of hype about it. I can truly say now that I'm not quite sure why. I can understand the hype about the message the book sends and for different people I imagine it has different effects. I know for me it kind of freaked me out and also left me with a lot of questions. The book is about The Rapture. The time when Jesus comes down and takes all of the true believers back to Heaven with Him. The ones who are left are all trying to figure out what happened. There are a group who believe their loved ones went to Heaven and have realized that they missed out and they want to right themselves. Signs from the book of Revelations start appearing including the uprising of the antichrist.
That being said, it's an excellent story idea, it's just not executed that well. I did not care for any of the characters. The dialogue was very basic and boring. There was really nothing much there to keep me into the book. I really think it could have been done much better. Will I read the 2nd book in this series? Not sure. That's one I'll have to contemplate.
reviewed Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1) on + 30 more book reviews
If you haven't read this series, it will really open your eye.
reviewed Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
The Left Behind Series are a legacy. None stop action from the beginning to end. A MUST read for all Christian readers.

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