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on 15 August 2017
Great read if you are reading the full series
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on 25 July 2014
I have the whole Left Behind series in either paperback or on my kindle. I have loved every single one of them, including the three prequels....except this one. Oh dear, a book that held so much promise was sadly disappointing.

Now, I realise and understand that all of the books are fiction based on Bible prophecy, especially the Book of Revelation. I am a born-again Christian, so the Gospel and prophecy are extremely important to me. I wasn't expecting to read huge chunks of Scripture though - it felt like it was being used to pad out a very weak storyline. I appreciate that time had to be spent focusing on characters who were children at the Glorious Appearing or when they were Raptured, but the characters who we journeyed with from the first to 12th book seem to be mentioned almost as afterthoughts, and some characters aren't mentioned at all (Chang, Ken Ritz to name but two) and what of Ray Steele's second wife Amanda?

The character who is an infiltrator is plausible to some extent, but I would have thought only to other naturals and not GB's, so I found that a bit far fetched, but the most disappointing part was the final confrontation between Jesus and Satan............it's almost as if the author couldn't be bothered. It just didn't match the very vivid descriptions of significant events from the other books.

So, if you've read all the others, you'd be a little daft not to read the final one, but you may find it lacking as I did. A great shame in all honesty
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The tribulation is over and the millennium is beginning. Christians who have died have returned to earth in their glorified state to help those Christians who are still alive rule the earth. The earth's population is made up entirely of adult Christians and children who haven't yet made up their mind.

There is a huge need to evangelize the children, so Chloe and Buck, both glorified, set up a day care. They children play games and learn Bible stories. Rayford, the only surviving member of the original Tribulation Force, reunites with old friends and works to further Christ's kingdom by doing whatever is needed. 100 years in, he leads a group that sets about revitalized Egypt after it is judged for turning from God.

But in the background, there is resistance building. Calling themselves The Other Light, they set about convincing unbelievers that, if enough of them believe, Satan can win when he is freed. Is there anything our heroes can do to stop them?

Okay, I'll admit I have had a love/hate relationship with these books. Some books I've loved, some I've hated, and some I've loved and hated. This book definitely falls into the hated category.

After some boring set up, we advance to almost the 100 year mark, where we spend almost the entire time. There really is no central villain to the story, which makes the conflict very weak. As with GLORIOUS APPEARING, there are long passages that are direct quotes from the Bible but do nothing to advance the story. And this includes three times they stop their story to tell us a Bible story quoted almost completely from the Bible. The characters seem even weaker then normal, too.

And that leaves out my biggest complaint. A major plot point is that all people who haven't accepted Christ will die on their hundredth birthday. I've been asking around, and no one I've talked to has ever heard that before. Furthermore, the verse they use to justify it sure doesn't seem to say that to me.

Now all this sounds like I hated it. The last 100 pages had some great conflict that almost redeemed the book for me. If the rest of it had been that way, I would have enjoyed the book more.

GLORIOUS APPEARING felt like a great conclusion to the series. I should have stopped there.
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The sixteenth book in the "Left Behind" series covers the one thousand years after the Glorious Appearing. Jesus reigns from the holy temple in Jerusalem, David is his prince, and peace prevails throughout the world. All adults in the world are either "naturals" (believers who were alive at the time of Jesus' coming), or "glorifieds" (those who returned to earth from Heaven), and will live out the Millennium and then proceed to heaven. Children (those under the age of 100) must make the choice to be followers of Christ, or die on their 100th birthday. The members of the Tribulation Force have a children's day care ministry which serves hundreds of children and aims to bring the youth to Christ. But there are pockets of dissent, even in this paradise. A growing number of hedonistic "children" are members of The Other Light, a group that rejects Christ and longs for the return of Satan.

I found this book poorly written and disappointing. The narrative is awkward, the dialogue is stilted, the characters are stereotypes, and the plot suffered without a villain. The authors admit there is scant scriptural information about the Millennium, so their detailed description of events come across as fantasy not grounded in prophesy. The first hundred years is described in excruciating detail, and then in one sentence, 900 years passes and it's time for everyone on earth to either ascend to heaven or descend to the lake of fire with Satan. The earlier "Glorious Appearing" was a good book that wrapped up the series for me; this book was shallow, dull, and pointless.
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on 25 February 2017
I started with the first book, because of the film based on the the first book, which I liked a lot. Then the books started to change more into a religious teachings rather then a good sci find or sci fantasy, which I would normally read. Strangely I read all the books very difficult at times to perfectly honest quite boring at times but I had to read them all. It hasn't made me religious or want find god, I think in that world I would be undecided. I do think it could be a better world with no crimes and wars and violence, but a God who wants to be worship all the time well I think that's a human point of view which is wrong, I rated all the books together got average of 3 stars sorry but too much scripture.
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on 3 July 2016
I did read it, having read all the others. The others, whatever you might think of their eschatology, were at least exciting. This one was bad. Most of the things said by the Biblical characters were simply long quotes from scripture. The characters who come to tell their stories to the children do little more than quote the story from scriptures too (any Sunday school teacher could do better, I should think) and the final battle is a complete damp squib. If you enjoyed the others, don't bother with this one.
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on 29 August 2016
what started out as an interesting take on biblical prophecies (although having to take much of it with a pinch of salt) ended as what felt at times like a disturbing heaven on earth utopia. What were interesting characters and kept the series exciting for me became dull and washed out. I really couldn't cope with the constant evangelising and increase in biblical quotes. Really difficult to finish reading it. Hopefully no more in the series although I couldn't bring myself to read any more.
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on 22 August 2015
I have read, yet again, this series of books, chronicling the Bible in fictional format. I have lived each life, yes even the bad, asking how would I feel in their situation? And at the end I am still astounded at the sight of the New Jerusalem. As I did in the first reading of the series I committed my life! On this second reading, I recommit my life & my works to God's Glory!
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on 21 June 2014
I have read all the left behind books, in fact I own them all, and I did not know this book existed until recently. Thank you, I'm longing to be there in Heaven. I thought the millennium would be sin free, but this is another aspect which I never thought about. Eunice
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on 9 May 2014
This series has caused me not only to study revelation more closely. I believe over the last three years God has guided me to paint the whole book. Im 63now and guess that this is my life's work to reach those who cannot read or write.
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