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Books by
Tim LaHaye


THUNDER OF HEAVEN:
The End Series, Book 2

with Craig Parshall

JESUS:
Why the World Is Still Fascinated by Him


ALWAYS GRACE
with Gregory S. Dinallo

JOHN'S STORY:
The Last Eyewitness - The Jesus Chronicles #1

with Jerry B. Jenkins

THE RAPTURE:
In the Twinkling of an Eye - Countdown to the Earth's Last Days

with Jerry B. Jenkins

THE REGIME:
Evil Advances Before They Were Left Behind

with Jerry B. Jenkins

THE EUROPA CONSPIRACY:
Babylon Rising

with Bob Phillips

THE RISING:
Before They Were Left Behind

with Jerry B. Jenkins

GLORIOUS APPEARING:
The End of Days
(Left Behind #12)

with Jerry B. Jenkins

BABYLON RISING
with Greg Dinallo


Books by
Jerry B. Jenkins


THE BETRAYAL:
A Precinct 11 Novel, Book 2


THE BROTHERHOOD

THE LAST OPERATIVE

RIVEN

JOHN'S STORY:
The Last Eyewitness - The Jesus Chronicles #1

with Tim Lahaye

THE RAPTURE:
In the Twinkling of an Eye - Countdown to the Earth's Last Days

with Tim LaHaye

THE REGIME:
Evil Advances Before They Were Left Behind

with Tim LaHaye

THE RISING:
Before They Were Left Behind

with Tim LaHaye

SILENCED:
The Wrath of God Descends (Underground Zealot #2)


SOON

SOON:
Behind the Book


GLORIOUS APPEARING:
The End of Days (Left Behind #12)

with Tim LaHaye

Reading Group Guides

THE BETRAYAL:
A Precinct 11 Novel, Book 2




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THE RAPTURE: In the Twinkling of an Eye - Countdown to the Earth's Last Days
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Tyndale House Publishers
Fiction
ISBN: 141430580X

If you’ve never read the Left Behind books, it seems to defy explanation how audiences can be sustained through 15 installments (12 for the main series). THE RAPTURE marks the third novel to explain what was going on right before the Christians were suddenly taken into heaven. Ten years ago, when I read LEFT BEHIND, I was skeptical but then fell in love with the characters. With each new volume my fascination only increased, and now with the 15th book, it’s like settling into a comfortable chair and picking up a conversation that was stopped months earlier (when THE REGIME released). Each novel weaves threads of several different stories going on at the same time, which always creates a page-turner for the reader.

THE RAPTURE reveals the distinctions between the Christians and the non-believers. Rayford Steele, a Pan-Continental Airlines captain, is deliberately spending his time on the golf course instead of going to church with his family. His wife Irene and young son Raymie increase their love of Christ yet regularly conflict with Rayford about spiritual issues. While Rayford never has an affair with Hattie Durham, the flight attendant, he certainly “arranges” to drive Hattie home and spend time with her away from his family.

Nicolae Carpathia continues to increase his connection to the spirit world, and he grows in his political power as a member of the lower house of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, to become the President of his country.

Toward the end of THE RAPTURE, the Christians are called to heaven. Through the eyes of Raymie and Irene, readers experience the joy and excitement of watching the life work of key figures of the modern church such as Ken Taylor, translator of THE LIVING BIBLE; Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ; and William Franklin Graham, better known as Billy Graham. They also see key figures from the New Testament such as Mary, mother of Jesus, John and Paul.

Cameron “Buck” Williams, the senior writer for Global Weekly magazine, creates another thread of the plot, which is followed throughout the novel. A familiar character from previous Left Behind books, Buck is on the 747 traveling across the ocean to London where Rayford is the senior captain and Hattie is the senior flight attendant. The lives of these three characters intersect when the Christians are called to heaven during this flight. Their clothes remain in their seats but their bodies are gone, which causes chaos to erupt on the plane.

Abdullah “Smitty” Ababneh, a fighter pilot in the Royal Jordanian Air Force, is another key character carried from THE REGIME. Smitty’s nominal faith in Islam is in stark contrast to his ex-wife, Yasmine, who has become a Christian.

Like a fine tapestry, the final pages of THE RAPTURE draw the characters right to the moments of the opening of the first book in the Left Behind series written more than 10 years ago. Whether you are returning to this series and reading about familiar characters, or meeting them for the first time, THE RAPTURE is a well-done story that you will not want to miss.

   --- Reviewed by W. Terry Whalin, writer and editor in Scottsdale, Arizona. His latest book is Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success (Write Now Publications). http://www.bookproposals.ws.

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