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Glorious Appearing: The End of Days (Lahaye, Tim F. Left Behind Series.) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Jerry B. Jenkins , Tim F. Lahaye
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  • Verlag: Tyndale House Pub (März 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0842365613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842365611
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 15,7 x 3,8 cm
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Die wertvollsten Bücher, die ich je gelesen habe... 10. Oktober 2009
Von Lusy Sch.
Die Finale-Bände sind (die Bibel natürlich ausgenommen) die wertvollsten Bücher, die ich je gelesen habe.
Diese letzten Dinge, die in der Offenbarung beschrieben sind, haben bei mir immer ein mulmiges Gefühl ausgelöst und waren stets ein großes Rätsel (was jetzt selbstverständlich nicht annähernd enträtselt ist, aber es hat mir viel Angst genommen und rührte mich oft sehr).
Obwohl ich das, was LaHaye/Jenkins geschrieben haben, jetzt nicht als Dogma sehe, hat mich der "normale" Umgang mit der Eschatologie doch im Glauben und "weltlich" gesehen echt weitergebracht!
Man darf trotzdem weiterhin gespannt sein, wie es wirklich einmal ist!
In einem der 12 Bände war die Widmung: für ..., der die Fackel der Prophetie aufrecht erhalten hat! So auch LaHaye/Jenkins. Danke!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 28. Juli 2004
Von David Benjamin - Veröffentlicht auf
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Just as a preface, I found the previous books in the Left Behind series flawed but engaging enough to warrant reading. For a lengthy and relatively faithful rendition of how Revelation might play out in our world, I thought the books were suitable--though I would love to see this story retold more realistically and not in a preaching-to-the-choir sort of way.

All that said, Glorious Appearing was a large disappointment for a variety of reasons, most of which are problems in the writing rather than the content of the source material. The first major problem is that there is zero dramatic tension once Jesus shows up. You know the good guys won't get touched and you know all the bad guys will get what's coming to them. You also know exactly what's going to happen, because all the characters have been studying the Scriptures and talking about the prophecies which will be fulfilled. I know that the fulfillment of prophecy is very important for eschatological writing, but novels need dramatic tension to keep the reader's interest. I think it would have been much more interesting to have the focal point characters NOT always in the know, and have them struggle through these experiences without knowing all the answers before hand.

The second major problem is how Jesus and the angels speak: almost entirely in passages lifted straight from the Bible. I'd imagine Lahaye and Jenkins wanted to err on the side of caution here, not wanting to ascribe to Jesus anything that he might not say. That was a mistake for two reasons. From a dramatic standpoint, it made Jesus and the angels dull, their dialogue stale and tedious because we've heard it before (and in this very book series, too). From a theological standpoint, it's troubling because it feels like it's limiting Jesus. A better solution would be to have Jesus speak original, modern dialogue that fits with who he is (as presented in the Bible) and is tied closer to the context of the book.

The third problem is that individual perspective is all but obliterated. Very often there will be a six-page section during which the focal character's name is mentioned once... and then somehow he or she is able to witness things such as mountains splitting in two and entire cities raised hundreds of feet. This book is written like a summary rather than a personal experience. If I wanted the broad picture from a distant point of view I would read Revelation or one of the hundreds of commentaries written on that book. When I'm reading a book--particularly one labeled as FICTION--I want to know and feel what the characters are going through. To this extent, I would rather the characters and myself know less about what's going to happen, so I can experience a much richer and less predictable drama.

There are other problems with this book but those are the primary ones. If you've read most of the previous books in the Left Behind series, then you should definitely read through this one just to complete the story. If you haven't read any of the series or you've only read a book or two, you might want to reconsider before you invest your time in 12 books with a disappointing payoff.

The books are based on worthwhile material (Revelation--which I'd recommend over these books any day) and the authors seem to have good intentions (though I question why they had to stretch this out over so many books if not for money-making reasons), but the execution really falls short in the end. Hopefully the financial success of this series will pave the way for another, better fictional rendering of Revelation.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Like waiting for paint to dry 21. Mai 2005
Von Wayne L. Faust - Veröffentlicht auf
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Whoo boy, what can I say about this one? I am a Christian and it's nice that Christian themes are getting a lot of attention these days. But this book committed a cardinal sin in fiction - it bored me nearly to death. The writing is so poor that during the reading of the book on a CD version my daughter and I listened to on a cross-country car trip, we ended up fast-forwarding lots of it, and even skipping whole CD's, just so we could finally hear what happened at the end.

I read several of the early books in this series, and they seemed to get more padded with each installment. I gave up in frustration some time around book 7, but decided to try this one to see how the whole thing ended. That turned out to be a mistake.

As far as what exactly is wrong with this book, it's hard to know where to begin. The characters are all two-dimensional for starters. They talk in speeches and platitudes for pages at a time. When they are brief they sound like comic book characters, and poorly-written ones at that.

In stories like this, the villain is very important. He provides the sense of menace that gives the story its tension. One wonders how the heroes are going to defeat such an awesome adversary. In this story the villain, Satan himself, comes off as a buffoon. He is mostly comic relief, thus depriving the reader of any sense of foreboding.

Any other possible drama is diffused by the characters in this book telling us ahead of time exactly what is going to happen. And they're usually right. So where's the drama? It's like watching a football game where the good guys are ahead 1 million to zero in the 4th quarter. And we're supposed to be holding our breath.

Read your Bible instead. It's written a whole lot better.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Deadly dull 13. Juli 2004
Von C. Pollock - Veröffentlicht auf
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I had read the first five books of the series in hardback, but since my local library carried all the books on audio cassette or cd, I decided to listen to them all while driving or working around the house.
Each book held my interest for the most part, but Richard Ferrone's reading of the books was atrocious. The two books read by Frank Muller were much more enjoyable as he had a wonderful knack for accents and actually modulates his voice to depict emotions.
I was very much looking forward to the last book in the series when Jesus returned. But LaHaye's and Jenkins's Jesus? Is dull. They put nary an original word in Jesus' mouth. It was as if they took a bible with "Jesus' words in red" and just copied it verbatim. Perhaps they felt unworthly of giving Jesus original speach. If so, they should never have written this book. I've read the gospels and Paul's letter. I own several bibles. I didn't need to reread the entire new testament in this book. By the time the Saints returned from heaven, I could have hardly cared less. I just wanted the torture of listening to this book to be over!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A synopsis to save you from hours, days, weeks of dreck 28. Juli 2005
Von A once loyal reader - Veröffentlicht auf
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To all of you who are non-Christians and have read this series because you've become involved in the characters and their epic struggle, let me save you some time if you're considering reading this book. In a few lines here is the entire book for you.

1. Guy says "Look, it's Jesus!"

2. Jesus says "Yes, I am Jesus!"

3. Guy says "Jesus, you're awesome!"

4. Jesus says "Yes, I am awesome!"

5. Guy says "no really dude, you're AWESOME!"

6. Jesus says "Yes, I AM awesome!"

7. Jesus expounds with pages of "I am, I did, I will, I have, I etc., etc., etc." amidst echoing choruses.

8. Repeat items 1-7 for every major, minor, peripheral, oblique and once heard of character in the entire series that still draws breath.

Oh, and somewhere in the book the bad guys lose and are sent to the fiery pit the end.

This is not a criticism of Christianity or the Bible, it is a criticism of authors who took their standard 80% story/20% proselytizing fluff and completely reversed it for this book. Two chapters of story do not a book make.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Very disappointing "Glorious Appearing" for an otherwise great book series 1. Mai 2009
Von A Langley - Veröffentlicht auf
I have read all of the previous 15 books in the Left Behind series, include the ones about the time before the rapture. I have to say without exception, I could not put them down to the point of reading all night and catching a cold because of lack of sleep! :) Having said that, Glorious Appearing is such a disappointment and let down for what should otherwise feel like "Wow! Jesus has come, he loves me beyond my comprehension, and I am completely fullfilled." Not so. Instead of tenderly smiling at each of his children and embracing them with the arms of unconditional love, he is portryed completely focused on violently killing and maiming unbelievers while at the same time reciting Bible verses all the while. While I have no idea what Jesus Christ will do to unbelievers when he comes, I do know that he wouldn't want his "saints" to be having any feelings other than complete joy and peace at his coming. Personally watching humans' bodies splitting open and guts spilling out while they scream in agony, would not bring me ANY peace and joy; even if they were the most evil people ever. It's human suffereing and it's sad and very upsetting to watch. But the book is so void of the characters' reactions to this that I find it very UN-Christian, which I believe would be a mindset of instinctual saddness to watch ANY human suffer in pain. This book was written by men who, I believe I am correct in saying, would say " You must accecpt Jesus as your PERSONAL Savior to spend eternity with him." The Jesus portrayed in this book is anything but personal; he in fact, seems aloof toward the characters. I just wish the authors of the book had put a little more of a relaxed, loving Jesus into his character, but of course this is just my personal belief (based on some very compelling experiences) of how Jesus would react to his believers. who really knows.....the first 15 books were great though... :)
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