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Jesus returns at last in this 12th novel in the phenomenally popular Left Behind series, vanquishing his foes and ushering in a new millennium of peace and righteousness. Ray Steele is the only member of the original Tribulation Force alive to see it, however, since Buck Williams endures a bloody death in the opening pages. The novel’s pacing suffers greatly from its own foregone conclusion. Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia, once a fearsome and suave foe, is reduced to shrill hysteria in this installment, and seems more of a cartoon character than a credible instrument of Satan. And the final wars (there are four of them in quick succession) add no drama to the plot, since believers are by that point impervious to harm; neither the bullets from the Unity army or the supernatural lightning raining down from the sky can touch the Christian holdouts. It must have been difficult to imagine the words that Jesus would speak on such an occasion, but the authors’ cautious solution-to draw almost solely on the statements spoken by or about Jesus in the New Testament-feels wooden. However, the book is not devoid of humor, and fans of the series will enjoy the gentle, affectionate camaraderie that exists among the excited members of the ragtag brigade of believers. For readers who have stuck with this soap opera through thick and thin, there is a real emotional payoff in seeing the characters’ reunions with their loved ones who died during the Tribulation.
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Unity Army destroys Petra. Armies amass at Megiddo for ultimate showdown. Cross-shaped lightning illuminates night sky.

Storm clouds gather over the Valley of Megiddo as the fiercest military battle in history is about to commence. The lone surviving member of the original Tribulation Force lies broken and bleeding. Can he rally one more time before the Unity Army annihilates Petra, killing the believers seeking refuge?

Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia vows a decisive victory, ensuring his ascension as divine ruler over the new world order. But in a blinding instant, a strange, shadowless light blankets the earth as the true Victor comes at last to claim His throne.

Glorious Appearing is #12 in the phenomenal New York Times best-selling Left Behind series that rocked the publishing world and made millions think seriously about the future and their places in it.

With special features relating to current events and end-times prophecy.

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  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2011
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  • Language: English
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Format: Hardcover
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.
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Format: Hardcover
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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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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