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5.0 von 5 Sternen Biblically Enlightening and Simplified.
I thoroughly enjoyed Left Behind! Althought it took me a minute to pick it up, once I read the first page, intrigue set in. The cashier at the book store were I purchased the book warned me, "it's scary". I found it may be frieghtening for those that don't have the security in knowing that they will not be "left behind." Tribulation Force was...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining insights into "last days" mindset!
NOTE: I have only read the first two books in this series.
I've always had a perverse interest in apocalyptic fiction, so when I heard about a series of books set during the last days of the Earth, when presumably all the folks left behind were the true wretches, I decided to give them a try. I was aware before starting (and if I hadn't been, I would have quickly...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Biblically Enlightening and Simplified., 5. März 1999
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I thoroughly enjoyed Left Behind! Althought it took me a minute to pick it up, once I read the first page, intrigue set in. The cashier at the book store were I purchased the book warned me, "it's scary". I found it may be frieghtening for those that don't have the security in knowing that they will not be "left behind." Tribulation Force was just as powerful. I feel the thing that is so fascinating about this series, is that it's fiction, but so realistic. Verses can be easily found in the bible. For those that find it difficult to understand revelations, it breaks it down. I've read some of the negative comments regarding this series. I'd just like to remind those that are upset over specifics, the book is FICTION! I found it to be one of the best novels I've ever read. Second only to Frank Perretti's Piercing the darkness/this present darkness. A wonderful, easy read. I'd give it 10 *** 's if possible! (Hi Mikie!)
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining insights into "last days" mindset!, 13. Mai 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (Gebundene Ausgabe)
NOTE: I have only read the first two books in this series.
I've always had a perverse interest in apocalyptic fiction, so when I heard about a series of books set during the last days of the Earth, when presumably all the folks left behind were the true wretches, I decided to give them a try. I was aware before starting (and if I hadn't been, I would have quickly picked up) that the authors were fundamental evangelical Christians. (I am not.)
In a way, I found these two books fascinating, the second more than the first precisely because little "action" occurred, and I got to learn more about how a presumably saved person would behave. To wit: as if they were trapped in a corny 1950s aw-shucks comedy, with intimations of the Antichrist, seven seals, etc. thrown in.
I admit I was disappointed when it turned out that our protagonists who had been left behind were pretty much blameless individuals who, through some quirk or lack of tolerance for the endless nattering of the saved about the Rapture, managed not to go to Jesus with their saved family and friends. What was Rayford's sin? He didn't go to church regularly, he was bored in his marriage, and he had lustful thoughts about an incredibly hot coworker. The supposedly iconoclastic (and 30 years old) "Buck" Williams managed not to have premarital sex because he apparently just didn't feel like it! Chloe was your typical teen who, though "not the picture of propriety," managed not to lose her virginity either. (And give me a break - a sophisticated journalist feigns shock at a 20 year old uttering the word "sex"?)
Come on! These are pure-living people! Can't there be REAL sinners who are saved? What if Raymond had actually had a fling with Hattie? Would he still be worthy to be redeeemed? Guess we'll never know.
I was interested in the ethics of living during the last days. Rayford knows that his wife, Irene, and his son are in heaven. They are living in eternal bliss, counting the few moments until Rayford perishes in some absolutely horrible way and joins them. So why is it then OK to remarry? Can Rayford really consider himself widowed if he is actually only temporarily removed from his wife? (Moment of unintentional humor: Amanda tells Rayford she's thrilled to be his "for the few years we have left." Tee-hee!)
Here's something else to consider. Rayford apparently didn't like Irene all that much. Isn't it possible that there might have been problems aside from the saved/nonsaved dichotomy? Is it OK for a saved person to fall out of love with another saved person?
Anyway, the writing is terrible and I have to laugh at those who wax poetic about the "depth" of the characters, whom I could tell apart only because of certain traits (Rayford does a perverse Father Knows Best - "Have you held hands?", Chloe whines a lot, and Buck thinks about how hot Chloe is - excuse me, I mean, what a special and important person she is. ) No word on the last-minute addition of Amanda White; in another book, I'd think she was a ringer; here, it's just lazy writing. I'm sure Nicolae knows who these clowns are (aside from the "very best" pilot in the world and the "very best" journalist in the world) - sorry guys, leaving off the word "seal" in your e-mails is not going to fool the Antichrist.
Still, it's a dopey yet compelling soap opera, I enjoy the insights into the fundie mindset (I never knew Catholics were so godless!) I'm personally looking forward to the comet that, according to Revelations, is supposed to smash into the Earth and make the seas boil. That and the locusts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A good mixture of fiction and reality, 5. Mai 2000
When you take a story from the Bible and try to turn into a book or a movie, the creator is left open with all this interpretive freedom. An example of this is the recent animated movie "The Prince of Egypt" by Dreamworks. The Bible is not really clear what kind of relationship Moses had with Rameses before he left Egypt. Dreamworks interpreted it as Rameses and Moses were best friends. "The Ten Commandments" on the other hand interpreted this relationship as competitive and ambitious. Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have taken this freedom to interpret the book of Revelations. Although fictional in nature, the Left Behind series has truth to it because the subject comes out of the Bible. The Bible does not specify the names of the Beast, or the names of the Two Witnesses. They have also taken the rise of Babylon a little to literaly. The authors have placed the capital of this New Global Community in the city of Babylon. The Bible does not specify this. But when you look at how they have set up the name of the Anitchrist, you can see how this freedom can send a powerful message. Nicolae Carpathia is pronounced: Nic-o-LIE Car-PAY-thia. "Lie" is what the beast does, so it was fitting of the authors to incorporate this in his fictional name. "Pay" is what the beast will do in the end when the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ comes. It's good that Jenkins and Lahaye also focus on the development of the Tribulation Force members's characters. Just because the end of the world is coming doesn't necesarily mean we are not able or not allowed to fall in love; as long as we have Jesus in our hearts and know he will save us from the pits of hell, our emotions can flourish like before. A good comedy break and tension release point, I noticed, was the development of the relationship between Chloe and Buck. The end of the world is coming, and yet the puppy love arguments are as real then as they were before the Rapture. I believe it may be the authors's way of saying: "If you fall in love during the tribulation, you fall in love during the tribulation. God will not look down on you for seeking love as long as it's morally correct." Which is to say, don't use the end of the world as an excuse to fornicate. I think overall this book is great. I started with the first book "Left Behind," then I continued onto "Tribulation Force," and I've read an exerpt from "Nicolae" and I cannot wait to get it. Believe me, you are not wasting your money. Instead, you are gaining a lot more than you think. Not only are you being entertained, but you are also being taught a valuable lesson. Don't we complain how TV does not teach anything in their entertainment? Just wait until the movies to these books come out!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Aniti-Catholic? It's anti-everyone!, 8. April 2000
I'm amused at how many of the reviewers (as well as one of the authors) take up the debate of whether or not this series is anti-Catholic. On the one hand, I didn't find any "the Pope is really the agent of the Devil" a la Bob Jones University sentiment. On the other hand, yes, Catholics are depicted as duped, stupid, selfish, or evil.
But to object to this misses the point. In the worldview of the authors and the characters, only one thing matters: whether or not you believe their particular brand of Christianity. The world is simply divided into people who are right and people who are wrong. Of course, most Catholics fall into the latter category, but so does practically everyone else in the world. Why aren't any of the reviewers objecting that the book is anti-Jewish or anti-Budhhist or anti-athiest. (Unless, of course, most of the reviewers don't think there's anything wrong with these sentiments.)
Of course, the "Left Behind" novels are based on the idea that everyone in the world who doesn't share the authors' religious beliefs is either mislead or just evil. But you knew the premise when you started reading them. To object to it is rather like listening to a CD by 2 Live Crew and saying, "Hey, some of these lyrics are dirty!"
What's disturbing to me about this series isn't the "We're all saved, the rest of you are evil" worldview. Hey, everyone's entitled to their beliefs--even fundamentalists. It's the authors' inability to imagine how people might think differently. For people who are concerned for the souls of the unsaved, the authors seem to have very little interest in how we un-saved think. Some reviewers complain that the main characters in this series have very little depth, but Buck and Chloe and company are positively Shakespearean compared to the various unbelievers in the novel! We spend countless pages in the minds of this one group of people who might as well be interchangeable for all the differences in their personal struggles. But we get no credible internal pictures of how unbelievers deal with events. (The few accounts we do get are short and cartoonish--Hattie's explanation of why all the abortionists are sad to be out of work in the first book is a good example--and none of them come from the perspective of the unbelieving character).
All of this leads me to conclude that the authors are either incapable or uninterested in how people with different ideas and beliefs think. Strange perspective for someone who's interested in saving souls!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stronger in faith and beliefs, 25. Januar 2000
I have completed book #2. I like the references to The Bible because I do not have a full knowledge of passages and verses. This makes me want to know exactly what The Bible is saying about topics relating to the Anti-Christ and other chapters relating to expectations in this world. I do believe that Tribulation Force talks about the challenges faced by Buck, Chloe, Rayford, Bruce, Loretta, etc. during those times. It may be something to agree or disagree with if it were truly real. I know and like the idea of the mixture of truth and fiction.
Tribulation Force makes you see the importance of strengthening your faith, beliefs and asking questions that need answers. I am presently finishing up book #3 showing how Nicolae starts to show who he really is. People in Tribulation Force thought that Nicole was the best that might ever come along. He was so perfect, and that was part of the problem because he led everyone to think he was "perfect." They believed he was The Messiah. He wreaks havoc over nations and has people doing things they do not even recognize as wrong. He delights in his power. Some of the same things could be happening in this day and age. I am certain there are Nicole's (as in the Left Behind series) in this world and may be hard to recognize.
The Left Behind series started with a referral from a friend. Once I started it, I have told others and they are wrapped up in the books. None of the books are to be taken, in my estimation, literally. The references to The Bible are fact, but the interpretation may not be. It gives me a reason to go and read further; it gives me more basis to listen carefully when our minister is giving his sermon and each book makes me strengthen my faith. I, along with many others, think the Left Behind series is excellent. The first book was introductory, and the Tribulation Force starts to build this incredible picture of 'good vs. evil.' One really can read and make a choice has to which appeals to them. I will continue to read the rest of the series and wait for the others to make their appearance.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Good Story TOTALLY Ruined by Anti-Catholic Plot Twists .., 5. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The subject is fascinating -- particularly now, as we approach the millenium; the authors' writing style is easy to read, and the characters and events, set against the Book of Revelation COULD have been blended into a captivating story which both entertains and draws readers to Christ. For me, however, this book was totally ruined by the needless and vicious attacks on the Catholic church. At page 53 (hardcover), I learned that MOST Catholics were left behind after the Rapture. (Granted, the word "most" is never used; readers are told instead that, while "some" Catholics were Raptured, "many" were left behind. I checked several English language dictionaries, and the meaning is clear ...) The authors would have us believe that Catholics are so woefully ignorant of the Scriptures that those left behind totally miss the significance of the Rapture. The Catholic hierarchy -- cardinals and bishops who serve the Lord -- is left intact at the Vatican, with the exception of the pope, Raptured only because he abandoned elements of Catholic theology deemed erroneous by the authors. A Catholic cardinal is used by the authors to fall in league with the Antichrist and head a global psuedo-religion which rejects all crucial tenets of Christianity. I fail to see how any of this advances the story of Rayford, Amanda, Buck and Chloe in their journey to new faith. The authors offered no thoughts on the relative numbers of other Christian faith traditions included in the Rapture, so why do so for Catholics? If a leader of the global community church is needed for plot purposes, why select a have to wonder whether the next page will bring a new attack on your faith and your church. This writing reflects religious bigotry of which the authors should be rightfully ashamed!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome, but I do have one complaint., 22. Juli 1999
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I really enjoyed the book. It was really awesome. I really appreciate that it's accurate with Scripture. Also, the characters are realistic. But, I agree with some others who made a statement. I thought it was very good, until the story jumps 18 months. I think the authors should have just added that to the next book. I also want to know more about Amanda. And I don't really like the fact that Rayford gets hooked up with her. I thought he was still mourning Irene's disappearance. I mean, I don't think that during the Millenium and after that that marriage before will matter. Jesus makes that clear in Luke 20: 27-38. One reader who reviewed the book made me feel insulted. They talk about fundamentalists as if we're animalistic bigots. We aren't bigots. We are only trying to get our point across 'cuz we care. We care about people's souls. Even if we make them insulted by telling them they're wrong. You must be saved ONLY through faith. Not faith AND works. It's either one or the other. There's no go between (Gal. 1:6-8). If you rely on faith and works, you're really trusting on works, and that's stated clearly wrong in Eph. 2:8-9. Like say you trust Christ as your Savior, but you believe to stay saved you have to do good things. That makes Jesus's death seem so useless! He died to save us from our sins!! Isn't that enough!?!?!?!? His precious blood was shed for us. Think, people! Jesus is GOD! He alone can save!! He's the ONLY one perfect. We're truly relying on works, if we say works keeps us saved. All our works are filthy rags, stated in Isaiah 64:6. In Eph 2:9 -10 it tells how works can NOT save, but works were intended by God to help Christians become stronger in their faith, not to save. Then how can works keep us saved?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome !!! Spellbounding !!! Insightful !!! A Great read..., 21. Juni 1999
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...having bought the first four books in paper back I sat down and began to read " Left Behind. " From there it was the most compelling roller coaster ride I have ever been on. I couldn't put it down , neither did I want to put it down. I started the second book ;"Nicolae" It too was very exciting .As I neared the end of the fourth book in the series, " Soul Harvest " I began to feel a great sense of loss that I would not have a continuing book to read in the wonderful journey of " The Tribulation Force "and the death of the antichrist.! But my friend told me about the fifth book in this series titled "Apollyon" and I and bought it. I have just began reading it , and must savour every word , because I know the sixth book is not out yet. In the beginning as I read the first two book's "Left Behind" & " Nicolae " , I found myself wanting to watch to see if CNN had something to report about the things I was reading , then only to remind me....I was reading a book!!! .Or think to look at the headlines in the news paper or Newsweek and see if they had any articles in it,,,I was reading a book , it is not happening. Or I found myself praying for certain people in the book, and praying in ernst that Amanda was not a spy to Potentate Carpathia. The reality of all that took place and is still happening in the annointed word of these book's have brought me back to reading my Bible again.I know there are millions that either believe in the Pre or Post Tribulation; I myself want and plan to go in the Great Rapture of The Church.I decided I won't be one who was "Left Behind" In God's reply to Jeremiah,12:verse 5 He said; "If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,then how can you compete with horse's? If you fall down in the land of peace, how will you do in the thicket of the Jordan "? N.A.S.(Nelson). The Glory Train is here, everybody get on board. Peace and Love , In His matchless Name. Jesus... Lynda.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, but one BIG PROBLEM, 28. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I think Tribulation Force over all was a good book. I enjoyed reading it greatly, amd there was only one thing I really disliked about it. So that's why I gave it four stars. But that one thing I found was so bad that I'm spending most of my review discussing it. The greatest flaw of this book is it's anti-Cathoicism. I'm not saying it's anti- Catholic because it disagrees with Catholic teaching, but because it totally misrepresents Catholic teaching on salvation, another clear example of bigotry that persists in fundamentalist literature. After all, to disagree is one thing, but to misrepresent is quite another. What the authors write about Catholic doctrine in this book either shows their vast ignorance of it (which I am hoping is the case for their sakes), or their prejudice in which they deliberately misrepresent it, and then they refute their own misrepresentations! What am I talking about? An example is on page 55) : "Buck had been bold enough to ask the archbishop to comment on certain passages of Scripture, primarily Ephesians 2:8-9: 'For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast,' " Now what does the archbishop say? Does he say, "Yes that verse supports Catholic doctrine," and then explain how Cathoics believe one is saved by grace and not works? Does he go on to say that any Catholic who believes they can earn salvation is considered by the Church to be in heresy (specifically, Pelagianism, which the church condemned centuries ago)? Does he then go on to point out himself other passages besides that state we can't earn heaven? No. Here's how he responds: " 'Now you see,' the archbishop said, 'this is precisely my point. People have been taking verses like that out of context for centuries and trying to build doctrine on them.' " Kind of funny that the authors of this book fail to leave out the fact that it's the
archbishop's own church that has built that doctrine on that verse for centuries! No, the author doesn't include that, so what is the reader left to think about Catholic doctrine? He's left to think that Catholics believe you're saved by works, earning your way to heaven. This is yet another example of a fundamentalist author refusing to be bothered with the facts. Of course what Catholics do believe is that one is saved by grace, and justified by faith and works, and not faith only. After all, the only time the phrase "by faith only" is used in the entire Bible is in James where it states "Ye see then how that by works is a man justified and NOT BY FAITH ONLY" (James 2:24, King James Version; see also similiar passages about the necessity of works,(not by your own power but God working through you- Ephesians 2:10) for justification: Matthew 19:16-17, Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28-29; Romans 2:6-8 among others.) But the authors of Tribulation Force seem quite ready to misrepresent Catholic teaching. I hope they just misunderstand it as do many fundamentalsits. However, even if that was the case, if they would actually try to find out Catholic doctrine before they misrepresent it, they wouldn't have this problem. Sorry about spending so much of this review dealing with it's anti-Catholicism, but it's very offensive because of all their distortions of Catholic doctrine. If you disagree with me, then I seriously challenge you to e-mail me and show me where I was wrong. Other than it's anti-Catholicism, I felt it was a great book (It feels kind of weird giving a book four stars in a review that I spend most of the time critizising the book.) If the authors hadn't been prejudiced against Catholics, then I would have given the book five stars automatically.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thought provoking, riveting, and realistic, to some extent, 17. Juni 1998
I have read all three books from Left Behind, Tribulation Force, and Nicolae. The writers of this fiction have their feet grounded on the earth. I have read most of the comments in this page, and although I don't agree with some, I wanted to put my two cents in. Romance is not out of the question, although Paul states that it is better not to get married, if you can not stay celibate and be content, better to marry than to sin. The bible doesn't state whether we should marry or not at the end of the times, or whether it would be correct for a widow/er to marry if his/her spouse was taken away in the Rapture. The comment sort of contradicts God's word, man and woman He made us, male and female. I would rather see a character married and having the support of his/her spouse during a time like this. We are only human. For being a romantic myself, I don't like romance much, but if when we are christians we rely on each other for strength, support, prayers, and so forth, in times like the ones in the book, wouldn't it be better to be with someone you know than to risk your already compromised life? I think the books are well written, could do with less romance (no criticism, though), and they make me think, will I be one of those Left Behind? Will I ever marry again? I guess that 5 years of widowhood would be a more appropriate waiting period so close to the end of times, than the two years Rayford waited, knowing there will be no more time :) Those times will be hard to live on, even worst than today and those people could use all of the help and support they can get, which will be very difficult. On that day a wife and a husband will be asleep next to each other, one will be taken, the other will be left. So, will someone of us be left behind to deal with these issues and find the answers, or will we just do as Paul said: When you read, keep what is good, and discard what is useless (my words). That is what I do. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the last book (hope it is the last), and enjoying ! it before it is even published. Great books!!
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