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Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days

NOTE: A concerned citizen in Idaho realizes that maybe the slogan no child left behind wasn't highjacked from the Children's Defense Fund after all. Maybe it comes from the series of novels about the Rapture.

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days, by Tim Lahaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources
April 1996
This is #1 in the Left Behind series. 13 novels.

Library Journal Review
Pilot Rayford Steele is flying his 747 to London and contemplating whether or not to commit adultery when a flight attendant gives him some frightening news. Some of their passengers have disappeared into thin air, leaving only their clothing as a sign that they ever existed. After the flight crew does a head count, they realize more than 100 people are missing. One passenger still on the plane is reporter Buck Williams, whose recent experiences and witnessing of some strange events in Israel have led him to rethink his own lack of religious faith. As word comes that the entire world is suffering from disappearances, as well as horrifying natural disasters, Steele and Williams soon realize they, and the rest of the world, are experiencing the "Rapture of the Saints." This biblical story foretells that true believers will be taken into heaven, while sinners and nonbelievers must remain on earth as punishment for their lack of faith. The two men join to form the Tribulation Force, a group of those left behind who are dedicated to fighting the antichrist. The book is riddled with cardboard characterizations and creaky dialog.

— Tim Lahaye, Jerry B. Jenkins



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