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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143476625X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434766250
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author, speaker, and minister Dr. Tim LaHaye has written or coauthored more than sixty books, including the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series. A pastor for thirty-nine years, there’s nothing Dr. LaHaye likes to talk about more than Jesus. Dr. LaHaye and his wife, Beverly, reside in Southern California. You can learn more about Dr. LaHaye and his work at TimLaHaye.com.

David Minasian is a motion-picture writer, producer, and director with twenty-five years of experience in the film industry. Since 2002, he has worked closely with Tim LaHaye as a cowriter and researcher. David lives with his wife, Erin, and their children in Southern California.
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Dr. Tim LaHaye (www.timlahaye.com), who conceived the idea of fictionalizing an account of the Rapture and the Tribulation, is a noted author, minister, and nationally recognized speaker on Bible prophecy. He is the founder of both Tim LaHaye Ministries and The PreTrib Research Center. He also recently cofounded the Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy at Liberty University. Presently Dr. LaHaye speaks at many Bible prophecy conferences in the U.S. and Canada, where his current prophecy books are very popular.

Dr. LaHaye holds a doctor of ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary and a doctor of literature degree from Liberty University. For 25 years he pastored one of the nation's outstanding churches in San Diego, which grew to three locations. It was during that time that he founded two accredited Christian high schools, a Christian school system of ten schools, and San Diego Christian College (formerly known as Christian Heritage College).

Dr. LaHaye has written over 50 non-fiction books and co-authored 25 fiction books, many of which have been translated into 34 languages. He has written books on a wide variety of subjects, such as family life, temperaments, and Bible prophecy. His most popular fiction works, the Left Behind series, written with Jerry B. Jenkins, continue to appear on the best-seller lists of the Christian Booksellers Association, "Publishers Weekly," the "Wall Street Journal," "USA Today," and the "New York Times."

Another popular series by LaHaye and Jenkins is The Jesus Chronicles. This four-book fiction series gives readers a rich first century experience as John, Mark, Luke, and Matthew recount thrilling accounts of the life of Jesus. Dr. LaHaye is co-author of another fiction series, Babylon Rising. Each of the four titles in this series have debuted in the top 10 on the New York Times best seller list. These are suspense thrillers with thought-provoking messages.

Customer Reviews

They too write well and with a clarity that belies their scholarly credentials.
Stephen Richmond
While this might make a weak argument seem strong to those who are uninformed it only makes it seem weaker to those with any knowledge at all.
TammyJo Eckhart
This is a book that will most likely be loved by those who already agree with Tim Lahaye.
M. J. Smith

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bookandmusicfan7 on September 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading Tim LaHaye's latest offering and I must say I am impressed. I haven't always been a fan of LaHaye's. With someone as prolific as LaHaye you're bound to have clunkers here and there. I did enjoy some of his Left Behind novels but found his previous non-fiction work Global Warning to be poorly executed. However, `Jesus' is another story. It is very well written, covers a lot of ground, and moves at a fast pace. There is a lot of information here that should appeal to both believers and non-believers in my opinion. As others have said, the book is not preachy (except for the final paragraph). There are even touches of humor which I found refreshing (LaHaye's wife's reaction to the Applebees waitress is hilarious as are several chapter subheadings - Hold the Mao, The Dog-Ate-It Theory).

But I must take exception to a few comments from my fellow Amazon critics. To point out LaHaye's use of Wikipedia as a reference thereby implying that his information must be inaccurate is a cheap shot. Of the hundreds of footnotes listed, only a handful list Wikipedia as a source, and those Wikipedia subjects (Mark Twain, David Strauss, Elaine Pagels) are cross referenced with additional listings of those authors' works. Also, those who accessed the book through the Amazon Vine program apparently must have received an early version with footnote and other errors. My copy of the book has no errors, so those criticisms are invalid. Finally, I notice that some who gave a one or two star rating to this book recommend the works of Bart Ehrman instead. As LaHaye points out, Ehrman has publicly stated he believes Judas Iscariot is `the greatest of all the apostles' since his betrayal resulted in Jesus being released from his `evil earthly body.' Hmm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on August 18, 2009
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I guess I was expecting to learn something else based on the title of the book. Instead LaHaye shows us that the world is still fascinated by Jesus because He is the Saviour of the world. The book is devoted to showing that Jesus is the Saviour and not just some ordinary man that showed up in history. I did find several different tidbits in the book that helped give me some extra knowledge about Jesus than I had previously. I was disappointed with LaHaye's sources for many of his citations. A number of items he cites were very interesting, and I was looking forward to finding a helpful citation. However, the citation is too often some article or other source that doesn't really give the original source I had hoped for. For example, when LaHaye says that Islam teaches that it is legal to kill your wife, I want to have a citation that takes me to the Quran. I don't want the citation to take me to an article from some conservative writer. The book is OK, but I wish LaHaye would have provided more than what is a sermon.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Freeman on June 18, 2009
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Tim LeHay, author of the well known "Left Behind" series, brings with him a bit of baggage. While I can only speak for myself, I like to think that a writer is open to listening to other points of view, perspectives which may inform his/her writing. Tim LeHay is not that guy, a fact we know before page one is turned.

As a Christian I appreciate any reflection on the continued "popularity" of Jesus. However, any REAL spiritual pursuit is not defined as a popularity contest. Rather, it is a sincere exploration of spiritual principles, with a well versed understanding of the "top" messangers in one's studies. Jesus is definitely Christianity's lead model, which by virtue of the role, excludes any references to "popularity."

Mr. LeHay writes in a manner that leaves the reader no room for interpretation; his leading questions are a sure-fire tip as to what his personal views are. He discredits opposing views by attacking their scholarly merit, a technique used to great effect by those who might challenge his positions. It works so far as to answer his critics; however, it lacks any real foundation for adopting his creed. Indeed, he doesn't properly use this method, for if he did he would provide some concrete, scholar based proof to support his argument. He fails to do this.

I'm a believer, so I'm not Mr. LeHay's target audience. I'm afaid, though, that those he might speak to, the uncommitted, would not find his arguments very persuasive. One of the biggest criticisms we face as Christians is our lack of rigor in formulating and supporting our beliefs. Mr. LeHay attempts to remedy this, yet falls incredibly short.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
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When I asked for this book to review, I was looking forward to it as a historian and a Christian. A look at the popularity and value of Jesus not only in the past but today. A truly interesting subject that, as far as I know, had yet to be covered for the masses.

Then I read it and was deeply disappointed.

First, there is very little history here that relates specifically to the popularity of Jesus and his influence on society. Much of the positives come from the Bible itself while any negative influences or uses of Christianity are completely ignored. This selective nature of evidence is something that Lahaye and Minasian complain about others doing but apparently feel free to do themselves.

Second, the bulk of the book is a defense of one type of Christianity against non-Christians and other types of Christianity, most notably anything you might see as Gnostic or liberal in nature. Where is Jesus's influence in the world in the past or today in all of this discussion? No where. This must lead me to believe that this book isn't about "why the world is still fascinated by him" at all but instead a apologia for one brand of Christianity. That would be perfectly fine but don't claim to be something you aren't.

Third, evidence is selected very carefully to fulfill an agenda here and while good rhetoric demands that to some degree you must also be honest about the range of evidence you have and any counter evidence you have. Instead we have scholarship that is decades of not a century old supporting these authors ideas while modern scholarly especially on ancient societies is ignored. While this might make a weak argument seem strong to those who are uninformed it only makes it seem weaker to those with any knowledge at all.
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