John's Story: The Last Eyewitness [NOOK Book]

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The brand-new bestselling series from the authors of the phenomenal multi-million-selling Left Behind books. Now in paperback!

Here is the first in the Biblically inspired series, The Jesus Chronicles, which brings to life the story of Jesus, told in the voices of those who knew and loved him best-the Gospel writers John, Mark, Matthew, and Luke.

In this volume, readers ...
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Overview

The brand-new bestselling series from the authors of the phenomenal multi-million-selling Left Behind books. Now in paperback!

Here is the first in the Biblically inspired series, The Jesus Chronicles, which brings to life the story of Jesus, told in the voices of those who knew and loved him best-the Gospel writers John, Mark, Matthew, and Luke.

In this volume, readers will discover John's story, a thrilling account of the life of the man who came to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament and to save all of humankind-and the disciple who was the last eyewitness to Jesus' glory. Readers will experience firsthand the creation of the Gospel of John as well as the Book of Revelation-Scripture that still has profound meaning for the world 2,000 years later.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101206140
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Jesus Chronicles Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 125,097
  • File size: 344 KB

Meet the Author

Tim LaHaye is a noted author, minister, and nationally recognized speaker on Bible prophecy. He is the founder and president of Tim LaHaye Ministries, and the cofounder of the Pre-Trib Research Center, established for the purpose of exposing ministers to Bible prophecy. He holds a doctor of ministry from Western Theological Seminary and a doctor of literature from Liberty University. A pastor for thirty-nine years, LaHaye has written more than fifty nonfiction books and co-authored the Left Behind, the most successful Christian fiction venture in publishing history, with Jerry Jenkins.



Jerry B. Jenkins, chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 175 books. Dr. Jenkins's writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals, and he is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest magazine. He owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company, as well as the Christian Writers Guild.




Biography

Sometimes, while sitting on airplanes, evangelical preacher Tim LaHaye would ask himself, “What if the Rapture occurred on an airplane?" That germ of an idea grew into the phenomenally successful Left Behind series, which LaHaye coauthors with fiction writer Jerry B. Jenkins. The books combine Biblical prophecy with speculative fiction to produce an action-packed thriller about events between the Rapture, when (according to one Christian tradition) the faithful will ascend to heaven, and the Second Coming.

Before the series began, Jenkins had carved out a career writing other people's autobiographies -- he ghostwrote or co-wrote those of Billy Graham, Orel Herschiser, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan, among others -- as well as writing novels and a few inspirational books on marriage and parenting. Tim LaHaye also wrote books on marriage and faith, served as the pastor for a ministry in California, and co-founded The Pre-Trib Research Center, a Bible scholarship group dedicated to the study of end-times prophecy. LaHaye spent several years searching for a coauthor who could take his vision of the earth's last days -- including that intriguing image of passengers vanishing from an airplane -- and spin it into fiction. Finally, LaHaye and Jenkins were introduced by their mutual literary agent at Alive Communications, and Jenkins began writing the story of airline captain Rayford Steele, whose wife and son vanish along with millions of other true believers. Those "left behind" on Earth have a last chance to choose sides in the ensuing battle between good and evil.

The books became a blockbuster hit. Sales of the Left Behind series soared with each successive volume, and by 2001, ABC News reported, 50 million had been sold. "The formula combines Tom Clancy-like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and Biblical references," The New York Times wrote, explaining how its authors pulled off "an unparalleled achievement for an evangelical novel." LaHaye and Jenkins were stunned by their own success: "I've been writing for 40 years, with 12 million books in print, but I've never seen anything like this," said LaHaye.

The series has spawned a slew of spinoffs: comic books, calendars, a young adults' series, dramatized audio recordings and a movie based on the first book. It has also generated controversy, both within and without the Christian community, for issues ranging from politics (the U.N. figures into the story as a tool of the Antichrist) to Scriptural interpretation (many New Testament scholars reject LaHaye's belief, first popularized by John Nelson Darby in the 1830s, in a seven-year tribulation period following the Rapture).

But LaHaye and Jenkins are convinced that their message is getting through to their readers. They estimate that more than 2,000 people have converted as a result of reading the Left Behind books. "And needless to say, for us that's more important than bestsellers, or money, or anything else," says Jenkins.

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Jerry Jenkins is also the writer of a syndicated comic strip, "Gil Thorp," which runs in 60 newspapers nationwide.
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    1. Hometown:
      Jerry B. Jenkins lives in Black Forest, Colorado
    1. Education:
      Tim LaHaye has a B.A., Bob Jones University; and a Doctorate of Ministries, Western Baptist Seminary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2009

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    Intersting Read

    I dont understand the negative reviews on this book. I fully enjoyed it.
    If you learn about John pick it up and give it a try.
    I thought it was a good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Ever wonder who Jesus really was?

    I found this an interesting way to proclaim the gospel. Anyone even slightly interested in who Jesus and his followers were should give this a read. A fictional account based on Biblical fact. I have read the first three in the series and I can't wait for number four. Each book contains the Gospel it was based on. So you can reference the Biblical text if desired. The series makes me wish I could have walked and talked with these people and the Lord himself. The books portray Jesus in a very personal way by using first hand accounts from his disciples. Starting with John's Story was great,as he was the last survivor. I loved them all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

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    Plot: This is a fictionalized account of John writing his accoun

    Plot: This is a fictionalized account of John writing his account of the gospel as well as his account of the revelation he received from God as accounted in the book of Revelation.

    Characters: There wasn't really character development because of the nature of the way the book was written. There was however, accounts of things that happened to John in the later parts of his life. John also recounts his time with Jesus during most of the book.

    Themes: The major and most important theme in this book (as in the Gospel of John) is establishing Jesus as the Son of God. John's account of the gospel focuses on the things that Jesus said and did to establish Himself as the Messiah.

    Emotion: Unlike reading The Gospel of John or Revelation out of the Bible, this book didn't really evoke emotion. It did however, give new perspective, insight and understanding of the familiar books.

    Overall: This was a very hard book to try to rate. It was a very easy read, especially if you are familiar with the Bible. I highly recommend it if you are a new Christian, or if you are not a Christian but are interested in Biblical stories. The fiction nature of this book makes it much more easy to read and understand than Bible versions (however, it should not be read as a replacement of the Bible). The book also does contain at the end, the five books written by John from the New King James version of the Bible (The Gospel of John, The First Epistle of John, The Second Epistle of John, The Third Epistle of John, and Revelation).

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  • Posted July 3, 2010

    Corrupted file

    I downloaded this book and the file is corrupted. The first 30 or so pages are one line of garbage before the actual book begins. Other than that....once I found where the book began it was pretty good. I like these types of books. I like reading about the life of Jesus and these books interested me because they deal with other points of view during the times of Jesus.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    Disappointed

    LaHaye and Jenkins are inspiring writers. I was disappointed in the characters in this book. They were 2 dimensional with no believable emotional involvement. It was like listening to a speaker reading his notes.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    Great Bible "re-imagination"

    I enjoyed this read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Very wordy but seems to say little.

    I found this book to be a complete disapointment. Very rarely do I not finish a book but I could not finish this one, it became work to pick it up. The portrail of the characters is ridiculous, you get the feeling that they are childish. I don't know how many times I just wanted them to get to the point but it just did not happen. I read the Left Behind series and for the most part I enjoyed it. It did seem that they were dragging it out 'maybe to get us to buy lots of books...hmmm', I think that series could have been done in half the number of books. But this book is a complete waste of money, try 'The Red Tent' instead it is a remarkable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    Capitalizing on Authors Name

    I have read John's Story and found it very disappointing. The author is simply filling pages and calling it a new book. I have read all of the left behind series and value them, the most recent being the Raputre, but I will not purchase anymore books on this series. It is a shame that money & sales are the driving force behind so many authors. I had hoped the Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins was not of this elk, but obviously they ahve become such. I have read the Bible many times and will continue to do so, but not a book that capitalizes on the inspired writings of God's chosen.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Same old story again

    John, the disciple Jesus loved most, is the only disciple left. All the others have been killed for their beliefs. Currently in prison awaiting his sentence, John wants to get his story about his life with the Messiah out to the rest of the world. When an attempt to boil him in a pot of oil fails, John is sentenced to exile on Patmos. Before he goes, he dictates his story to Polycarp in hopes that others will listen to it and believe. When I first heard the premise of this novel, I was excited. I thought it was going to be the New Testament through John's eyes during that time period. I thought the story would be first person narrative from John's point of view from when he grew up, to meeting Jesus, throughout Jesus' ministry, after Jesus died, etc. Unfortunately this book was not at all what I expected. I didn't feel this book to be on the level as the Left Behind series. To me the story was just verbatim the Bible with a little background story for continuity thrown in. I did find the Gnostic believer and his arguments with John very interesting with that belief brought to contemporary popularity these days. I wish they had included more of that discussion. I also did find John's attempted death in the oil fascinating. However the rest of the book was not exciting or even uncovering anything new. Also the author's felt the need to include all of John's works from the Bible in the book. So really, the 300 page book is only half a novel. This wouldn't be such a problem if the story wasn't EXACTLY what was in the Bible. It almost feels like the authors were afraid to create a character for John, different that how he is always portrayed. You don't know anything about his personal life at all. Seeing as how John was the disciple Jesus loved the most, I expected more from this book. I only hope that for the other books, they change the format and include more original story and less repetition.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent biblical biographical fiction

    In Ephesus in 94 AD, John, the last living disciple of Jesus, still spreads the word of Christ¿s message to all who will listen. He hopes many will believe so they can attain salvation when it is their due time. He rejects the Gnostic Church and its leader Cerinthus because they refuse to acknowledge the divinity of Christ even as they also accept that salvation can be found on earth by doing good deeds. John becomes so incensed with Cerinthus¿ preaching that he is pressed by God to write a gospel describing his time with Jesus. Using John¿s anecdotes about Jesus including turning water into wine and raising Lazarus from the dead after, he writes a compelling portrait that angers Rome. When John fails to repent, he is sentenced to die in boiling oil. The oil does not touch him so he is exiled to the mines of Patmos where Christ visits him and gives his loyal believer a glimpse of the future that soon becomes the Book of Revelation. When he finally is able to return home, he tells the world what he saw as the end of days, cherishing his beloved teacher to those who would listen. --- Readers get a glimpse of John¿s early years and how he never doubted that the Christ was the son of God sent to the earth to sacrifice himself, so humanity can be saved. The former is fascinating, but the latter is what makes this biblical biographical fiction inspiring as the authors portrays John¿s feelings, his desire to win converts peacefully, and the risks he willingly takes in hostile Rome. Book One of the Jesus Chronicles is deep with a strong message of belief and loyalty that readers of all faiths will appreciate. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    disappointed

    This book was not worth waiting for. The writing is poor, the story is non-existent. Skip this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    Beware of False Prophets

    I think a lot of people need to be very careful about reading books like this one. I enjoyed the Left Behind Series but I think the authors of the book in away are distorting the Gospels by writing books like this one. They know many people have not read the BIBLE and so they listen to people like Tim and Jerry. I am very wary of books like this because I believe this book like many robs the true message of Christ. Christ said that you can not have two masters. I think the authors have succumbed to the other master. The $ sign.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    this is a dud

    This greatly anticipated book is a great disappointment. The writing is plodding and dull making it a worthless read.

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