Book Reviews of Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1)

Left Behind (Left Behind, Bk 1)
Left Behind - Left Behind, Bk 1
Author: Jerry Jenkins, Tim F. LaHaye
ISBN-13: 9780842342704
ISBN-10: 0842342702
Publication Date: 9/1/2000
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 407 ratings
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Helpful Score: 4
good enough to get me to buy more of this series
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Helpful Score: 2
Once you start this book you will be hooked on the whole series. A fictional story based on the book of revelations in the Bible, it is an exciting, fast moving story.
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Helpful Score: 2
By far the best series ever written!
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Helpful Score: 2
The Fundemental background to the series introducing all charaters and how being LEFT BEHIND in the time of coming of christ, will effect their choices. This book is the first in the series of 12.
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Helpful Score: 2
Great book. Very biblical.
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I was hoping this would be a really smart, thought-provoking novel about religion and biblical thought. Suffice it to say, that's not what this book is about. While the premise is interesting, the writing is painfully basic and I agree with reviewers who found the content unnecessarily offensive (stereotypes of gender, nationality and religion abound). The apocalyptic theme kept me interested, but I would caution potential readers to know what they're getting into.
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Helpful Score: 1
I truly enjoyed this book. It is obviously Christian, but very entertaining and thought provoking. I'm heading off to continue the series!
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Helpful Score: 1
I will preface my review by stating that I am not a Christian, so I read this from the viewpoint of someone who is vaguely familiar with the Book of Revelations, and not a believer.

Left Behind is really interesting! The authors imagine what would happen if the Book of Revelations kicked in today, starting with the Rapture. The authors write with zest, detail, and authenticity. I liked it enough to "order" the second and third books in the series.

If I was christian (lower case intentional) this book might give me a reason to become a Christian (more faithful).
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was pretty good. It was slow to get my attention at the beginning but got better towards the end. I will probably read the rest of the series.
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Very religious fiction.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book about what might happen in the End Times.
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Helpful Score: 1
I bought this book because of all the buzz I heard about it. Even as I was buying the book, people at the bookstore commented on it, saying how much they liked the series.
I was hugely disappointed. I was hoping for a book that addressed the endtime prophecies of the Bible in an intelligent way. This is not that book. I couldn't even finish it. When I got to the part about the miracle fertilizer that turned Israel into a virtual greenhouse, I gave up. This was only about 8 pages into the book. I just found the idea of a "miracle" fertilizer too silly and the explanation of Israel's newfound peace and prosperity too pat.
Yes, this book is packed full of drama and angst. But it is built on a foundation of nonsense. I couldn't swallow it. But lots have and loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I lov ed the entire series. Must read if you have faith. Arthur
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Bk#1 in the series. Scary and enlightening for those who are religious. For those who aren't, it might change your mind.
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Helpful Score: 1
First book of an amazing series. Great story and will keep you reading. Can't wait to get to the next one.
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The beginning of this wonderful series starts off with so much drama, I don't even know how to describe it. The most devastating event the world has ever seen just occured leaving families in despair. It brought together 4 people who would soon realize why they had been left behind...
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Helpful Score: 1
I found this book at goodwill while hunting for reading material. It was in pristine condition, obviously not touched. I was in a hurry and didn't realize when I bought it that it was a Christian book. I'm not Christian anymore and I never believed in the rapture. I figured why not give it a try anyway since it has such great reviews. After all, with so many sequels, it has to be good.

The beginning of the book held my interest for a while. It is light reading and obviously created so that anyone could read it. It did not hold my interest for very long after the beginning and by the middle of the book, I was done. I could not force myself to read any more of it.

If you are looking for Christian propaganda and you don't mind the fact it could be read by a third grader, then maybe you will like it.
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Helpful Score: 1
The whole series is incredible! I wish everyone in the world would read them.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book. A very enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an excellent series!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Sexist, anti-Semitic, clumsily written. Interesting idea, though.
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Helpful Score: 1
Awesome...can't wait to read the nest one.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of the best reads in you'll ever get your hands on! When I first got this book I couldn't put it down until I was done and I ran out and got the next book. Really if you are into thriller action fiction this is your book!
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This book literally changed my life
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Very heady stuff. "In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear" A very good read.
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An unsettling fictionalization bearing on our inner beliefs about salvation. I think most adults would find it worth the read but not a truely enjoyable read.
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This is a really good book. Make sure you have them all b4 you start reading!
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This is the first in the series of Left Behind novels. It's pretty action packed and interesting. It may be too hoaky for some, but great campiness if you like that sort of thing.
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The entire Left Behind Series is a must read.
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This is the first book in the series, a must read !
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it really makes you think.
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What a wonderful witnessing tool!
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I just finished this book today. It was so good! It really makes you think. It is now time, to make a life altering decision. I cant wait to see what the next book brings.

In the beginning, I wanted to read every word about Rayford, Chloe, and Hattie but I was kinda lost in the political jargon when it came to Buck. By the time i got half way through the book, I was just as hooked on everyone's stories. I have never been much of a reader but this book gets your attention from the very start.
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Very badly written but at times hilarious account of the "rapture." (up to heaven, of course.) Takes shots at the non-believers who are left behind and to be put through the wringer of tribulations, oh those terrible students, professors, doctors, other heathens, and...atheists, etc. A book for the dark ages. Stinks like rotten meat. Leave this one behind.
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Probably the most thought-provoking book I have ever read. Even if you are not a believer in the premise of the book, it is definitely a page turner that is difficult to put down. If you are a believer, it makes you think about your faith and your life in a new way.
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loved this whole series, reordered to start my cousin on the series. highly recommend to everyone! Believers and non believers. Could not put the book down.
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Very good read. Couldn't put it down.
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Loved it!
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Let me just start off with something real quick. I am a God fearing woman in live with her faith! So if you read this review and wish to comment, please be respectful. I'm not saying you have to believe as I do, but if you don't agree with words in this book or review, please don't comment just to "Jesus bash". If you would like to comment about this book from a strictly literary sense, then by all mean feel free to do so!!

To me, Left Behind, book #1, not as much fiction as others may think. Left Behind almost like a glimpse into the future. If you read the book of Revelations you'll see what I mean.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. --Revelation 1:3

I was immediately into this book!

Rayford Steele is like a lot of other red blooded married men. He works, provides for his family, has wants, has worries...he lusts. Rayford doesn't see himself as anywhere near the best father to his two children, Chloe and Ray. He knows he's not the best husband to his wife, Irene, the best Christian, and now he's been flirting dangerously with adultery.

These are Rayford's own accusations against himself and I think because of these musings, created by the sudden realization that he has been left behind is what makes this book so personable. A lot of men and woman can identify with him and his situation.

Left Behind is written from Rayford Steele's point if view as well as Cameron Williams, aka Buck.

I loved Buck's character as well! Again, the normal yet successful journalist, makes it easy for the reader to connect with him. I have a feeling that Buck is going to make a huge transformation in his beliefs in the other books in the Left Behind series.

About halfway through the book, I had an inkling who the anti-Christ was, but this did not ruin any part of the book for me. In fact, the level of suspense in Left Behind was only added to because of it!

The only part if the book I didn't think was aces was, because Left Behind was written from the point of view of two entirely different people, the story kept leaving off on cliff hangers. However, that just added to the suspense and created a page turning frenzy. So no biggie at all!

Left Behind was well written, flowed easily, and I ate it up! I really enjoyed it! After reading Left Behind, I took a closer look at my own relationship with God and took an inventory of myself.

Left Behind was really eye opening! I would recommend to everyone to read this and the rest of the series! I know I look forward to book #2 myself!

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I wasn't too sure about this book, but thought it would be an interesting read...and it actually was, if you're able to weed out all of the religious propaganda. It seems the authors push a little too hard to get the reader to believe in their version of religion. There are many, many more books in this "series" I'm told, but I'll just stop at this one. The premise was very interesting, somewhat scary, and thought-provoking. I enjoyed it to a certain degree, even if I don't agree with all of the religious brainwashing thrown at you.
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I have very mixed feelings about this book.

I'll begin with some of the good - these guys know their bible! There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that they could answer any question that I could throw at them. Their interpretation is very close to mine, and that helped me to see their explanations clearly, too. One of the characters, Buck, becomes a very interesting character before the end of the book. Bruce begins to be a true character before the end of the book, too, and that propelled me towards reading the next books in the series. Chloe gives an inkling that she might be interesting later on, and she does become better, so please hang in there and read the next book. I'm very glad that I did.

Now for the bad - these guys are not very good writers. I know that sounds really harsh but it's true. Their writing is sometimes so poor that I could not help comparing it to a high school freshman. Things like "____ said" six or seven times in quick succession are so easily fixed that I can't help but to assume that they (and their editor) don't know that it is unpleasant to the reader's "ear".

The story doesn't flow very well and is quite clumsy, throughout. The characters are thrown together and the connection is so flimsy that I found myself rolling my eyes repeatedly. I mean, it's almost painful to read in some places, since it's so awkward.

I don't know the authors but was a bit uncomfortable with what I perceived as a sexist and classist flavor to the entire book. The women in the book are all supremely beautiful and are a large number of years younger than the men who are chasing after them. That's just not right. The men are really successful, powerful, and wealthy. There's not one character that I can say is an "everyman" or "everywoman" type in the entire book. Bruce (the new pastor) is pretty basic but that's only because he has no personality until the tail end of the book. Even then, he's just a little odd.

The authors fall into one of the traps that turns many folks off who might be "on the fence". They make it seem like if you decide to enter the church, you will need to hug people and that your entire demeanor will instantly change. This is not true. I'll repeat - this is not true. Folks, we are not all cookie cutter people and, just because two of us are believers does not mean that we will act the same. Another thing that might turn off a potential believer is that they mention scanty tithing in the same way that they mention having a lustful heart. If I don't tithe the full ten percent, it won't keep me out of The Kingdom! We should give generously to keep our church alive and well, but it's not something that should be given as a reason for one of the characters being left behind. Also, seriously, it's always a bit creepy when a younger woman is hooked up to an older man and the author decides to make her the tiniest bit "forbidden". I know that 20 years old is over the legal age of 18 but, really, would it have killed you to make her 21? It has a whiff of the "barely legal" stench that creeps many women out. Yeah, I'm one of them.

I mentioned above that some of the characters become more interesting. Emphasis on SOME. There are a couple who remain annoying and really take away from the story for me.

One more small bone to pick is that the names of the characters are so hokey. I mean, they're pathetic and stereotypical. Rayford Steele (the handsome, successful, wealthy pilot), Buck Williams (the youthful, powerful, successful writer), Chloe (the beautiful college aged young woman), and Hattie (the gorgeous, mid-twenties, ditzy flight attendant), and the list goes on.

So, that's my impression of the book. I really like the series. This is my second time reading it. The first time was alone and this time it's with my husband. I totally recommend reading the entire series. The next book gets much better. Once things start happening, the story stops hiccupping and flows nicely. The events keep you on the edge of your seat so please don't judge the entire series by this one. The authors have provided a flimsy setup but, trust me, it gets so much better!
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Regardless of if you are religious, the Left Behind series is wonderful. The characters grow on you and the books makes you think- even if you don't believe in the rapture.
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Well told, but disagree with the theology

This book (and really the series) is relatively well engaging - if it wasn't I wouldn't have read ALL of them. However, I have beef with it's theology. If you believe in pre-tribulation you will probably love this book. As that's not what I believe about the end times, I wish this book didn't espouse that view. If the book leads people to Jesus, though, I say it's a job well done.
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really good
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In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappears.

Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.

In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayfor Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead.
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Makes you stop and think about your life.
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wonderful book!
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Millions disappear. Chaos reigns. Airline captain Rayford Steele searches for his family. "The darkest days may lie ahead."
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First in Left Behind series...great book
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"The Left Behind" series tells the fictional account of what happens to people left behind on earth after the "Rapture of the Church" as described in the Biblical bible.
In the beginning of the story, the main characters suddenly find that millions of people all across the world have suddenly vanished, leaving nothing but a pile of clothes. Rayford Steel, an airline pilot is shocked to find over half his passengers and crew have dissapeared midflight. He immediately recognizes what he thinks has happened. The "rapture" has occured. Christ has come and taken the believers and all the children to heaven, leaving the nonbelievers, or those who have not accepted Christ as their personal savior, behind. But is that really what hapened? Is Satan taking over the world or is some other type of being all together - one not terrestrial at all??? This is the first book of a long series - one that jolted the Chirstian church.
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From the back cover:
"In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear."

This book is based on a pre-millennial Biblical view of the end of our world.
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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 cheos,airline caption Rayford Steele must search for his family,for answers,for truth.As devastating as the disappearances have been,the darkest days may lie ahead.
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Series: Left Behind Series, #1
From Our Editors
Beautifully written and biblically accurate, Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days is the book that began it all...or at least the book that heralds the beginning of the end! This bestselling series will appeal not only to Christian readers but to anyone who loves a great story -- they dont call the Bible "the greatest story ever told" for nothing. Beginning with the rapture of the church as related in the Book of Revelations, Jenkins and LaHaye brilliantly imagine the tribulations we will experience and endure, and perfectly describe for us the events prophesied to occur prior to Christ's return to earth. The Left Behind novels are the fastest-selling works of Christian fiction ever published.

From the Publisher
"When the trumpet sounds, where will you be? Passengers in an airborne Boeing 747 find out in this riveting novel by renowned Christian speaker Tim LaHaye and master storyteller Jerry Jenkins. 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. This fictional account of life after the Rapture delivers an urgent call to today's readers to prepare their own hearts and minister to others.
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On a flight from Chicago to London, several passengers aboard Capt. Rayford Steele's plane suddenly and mysteriously disappear. When Steele radios to London to report the situation, he discovers that the incident on his plane is not an isolated phenomenon but a worldwide occurrence. As Steele begins his search for answers, he learns that the Christ has come to take the faithful with Him in preparation for the coming apocalyptic battle between good and evil and that those who have been left behind must face seven dark and chaotic years in which they must decide to join the forces of Christ or the forces of Anti-Christ. Jenkins, writer-in-residence at Moody Press, and LaHaye (A Nation Without a Conscience, Tyndale, 1994) have written a gripping thriller that captures the anxiety and fear that interpretations of Revelation often inspire.
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really good series, i have all the others from this series too if your interested.
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very good book
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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 chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. new book-pk
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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 chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead.
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From the back cover of the book:

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 chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances hav been, the darkest days may lie ahead.

For more info you can check out http://www.leftbehind.com
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In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear.
Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of contol. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.
In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances ahve been, the darkest days may lie ahead.
(from bacl cover)
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in one cataqclysmic moment,millions around the globe disappear.