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This collection includes four soft cover editions of the best-selling Left Behind series. Collection I consists of the first four books in the series. Left Behind products have sold more than 40,000,000 copies and continue to be a national phenomena. Tyndale House Publishers

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Overview

This collection includes four soft cover editions of the best-selling Left Behind series. Collection I consists of the first four books in the series. Left Behind products have sold more than 40,000,000 copies and continue to be a national phenomena. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842357456
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Left Behind Series
  • Edition description: SLIPCASE

Meet the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
When the Left Behind series became a publishing phenomenon, no one was more surprised than its authors, evangelical preacher Tim LaHaye (left) and fiction writer Jerry B. Jenkins. Audiences gobbled up the duo’s thrilling novels, which combine romance, morality questions, and high-tech gadgetry against the dramatic backdrop of the apocalypse.

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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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Don't be left behind. It is so relaxing to read.

    I Love the series. This is my second reading and enjoying it more this time. So appropriate for the times.
    Just started book ten. I will be disappointed when I close the last book,
    but thrilled knowning the out come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    Its inspiring and educational....

    ....I am not a religious person....but a very spiritual one....and I do believe in JESUS....had never known about this outstanding series...I began #1....and in less than 2 weeks I am in #4...and cant get enough....its easy reading...and very enlightening!...READ THEM ALL!...I plan to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    POWERFUL AND CAPTIVATING

    I'M NOT REALLY A RELIGIOUS PERSON BUT A FRIEND OF MINE INSISTED I READ THIS FIRST BOOK JUST TO BROADEN MY HORIZONS. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN AND NOW I'VE READ THE FIRST FOUR AND CAN'T GET ENOUGH. THIS IS WONDERFULLY WRITTEN AND IT MAKES PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO WERE NOT SURE ABOUT GOD BEFORE STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHERE WE STAND ON THAT TOPIC. I'VE ALREADY RECCOMENDED THIS BOOK SERIES TO EVERYONE I KNOW.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    Excellent Religious Fiction

    I tried reading this series a year or so ago, when I was agnostic, and got tired of it after finishing the second book and half of the third. However, now that the Lord has shown me the light, I plan to come back to this series, and give it a second chance. The series has a slight fundamentalist flavor to it, but it doesn't overpower the narrative in any way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2004

    A message in a book

    Wow, when I read the 1st book I was very MOVED. I called up a few friends and told them that they had to read this book. After reading the 2nd, I knew this was a message from above. - Peace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    exciting and informative

    I enjoyed the book and found many parts of it enlightening. My heart breaks that many of my friends and family might possibly be 'left behind' as well. I couldn't understand how the people amidst all of the proof still could not believe, but I sadly realize that that is what will happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    It fills my spirit with hope

    I'm up to book 10 but I've already bought all of them including this book (The Glorious Appearing). I recommended it to my friends, co-workers and family members and they got hooked on it. It opens my eyes to the future and the hopes that it brings. Tim Lahaye is the best. I would recommend everyone to read it at least once. Don't miss it before it's too late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2004

    Love it

    Very good. I would like it more if the writing was better, but the story is good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2004

    Unbelievable

    Its unbelievale...how good these books are...you wont but them down...when you read them...its great too because there is also a movie...woww...its unbelievable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    You won't put them down

    I have read all eleven books in this series and really enjoyed them. So much that I have loaned them out to family and friends who have become hooked as well. Raised a catholic but went to public schools, I felt that I missed something. These books have helped me to be a better catholic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    Enthralling

    A terrific series. I also highly recommend Steve Alten's latest release, RESURRECTION, which puts a chilling spin on the New Testament.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    Fantastic

    I just finished reading Left Behind and The Tribulation Force. I'm reading Nicolae right now and it's phenomenal. I can't put the book down. I've recommended the series to all my friends, family and co-workers. This is a must-read. Because of the books there is a new beginning & awakening within me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    Silly, but mildly amusing

    I suppose some people might find these books interesting, but the theology is very simple-minded and the writing is B+ at best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    Hooked!

    I've only read the first one and I'm hooked! I am really excited about reading the rest of the series. It is exceptionally entertaining but manages to reach you on a personal level. A MUST!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    Great & Inspiring

    This is a really great book. After I had finished reading this book I felt more connected to Christ and his word. If your looking for somewhere to turn you gotta read this book~!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    Left Behind books are Great!

    These books are for anyone! They are so exciting that I usually end up reading a book a night!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    Wonderful Series

    The Left Behind Series is truely the best series I have ever read. I have read all of the books to date at least twice. I would strongly recommend the boxed set, because I know very few people that can read just one of the books in the series. My only regret is getting hooked on the series so early, because the books havent all been released or even written yet. I have to wait a while until I can read the next one, only to finish it in about 5 hours of practically non-stop reading. This series will keep you on the edge of your seat, make you laugh, and make you cry. Author Jerry B. Jenkins and Bible Scholar Tim LaHaye have done an excellent job of portraying the times of the tribulation as described in the Bible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2001

    Great Series!!! - Cheaper Elsewhere

    This a a Fabulous series. I truly loved it, and I hate to read. Christian or not, support your fellow believers and go to Crossings dot com(e) and you'll not only support believers, but you'll find these in hardcover even cheaper than paperback price.

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