When I was 9-years-old I saw them on the shelf at the library. I read the back and I checked it out. I left god at age 10. So I started the first 4 chapters and gave it up. It was confusing for me to read it. Half of it seemed like it would never happen. Even at age 9, I wasn't very Christian like. My mom wasn't into god too much. Just enough to label us Christians. The book was for adults though. It seemed a little absurd to me to have people vanish into the sky and leave their clothes behind, and others were left behind. I was soon to become 10-years-old. The book was the last straw for me ever believing in
a god. I returned the book, then turned towards atheism. Have you read the series of the books?
Christian fiction bores and irritates me. Most of it is poorly written, poorly edited, if at all, assumes that everything in the Bible is true, and that the reader subscribes to conventional Christian beliefs.
Furthermore, it is usually transparently pushing a religious agenda..such as TURN OR BURN, you loser!
Even when I still somewhat identified as "Christian" I told people the same thing when they recommended religious books, and I gave any gift religious books away asap.
I've read a few. I kept thinking they "had to be" Sci-Fi and it sure couldn't be about the Rapture?
Then I figured out it was the premise for the books.
Terrible books. So much shaming in those buggers.
A local church put on a play based on them (I know they were Christian but not which kind).
I did watch the series on TV "Left Behind" now that one I enjoyed. Especially the ending! (no spoilers).
I've never read the books. I saw the first movie. Not much to say about it. The logistcis of the whole story are so ill-conecieved that I had to wonder if anyone on the cast or crew ever gave a thought to the actual physics of it... my bad... of course they didn't.
The whole idea of "left behind" is absurd to me. Evangelical churches came up with this and I am ex-Pentecostal. Well, there you are. Out of a little bit of nothing they invent an entire happening that "comes from the bible" and is based on very little scripture. In fact, there is great confusion here on whether you are "being raptured" (a dubious doctrine indeed) or being spirited off to a great war that might have happened for real in 70 AD. It's also interesting to note that a lot of scripture writing happened about that same time also. People were trying to have meaning in their lives and understand just what was happening. Today we have given this a "futuristic" approach and imagined that god would "remove the poor Christians from upcoming suffering" before the end of the world.
It's something that god never did before but people like the idea because they are now "special" and besides, nobody likes to be "left behind." It also sells lots of different books on the absurd subject.
There was a young lady who felt it her duty to try to give me a book to explain her belief. She chose the first book of the "Left Behind" series. I gave her "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". I read the book. I do not know if she read the book I lent her. Never saw her again.
I tried to read one of those but the writing was so bad I didn't make it very far.
Back in my evangelical daze I read The Late Great Planet Earth by the same author. That was a book about standard-issue evangelical eschatology (doctrine of the end times) and how it was supposedly playing out before our eyes on the world stage (this was the 1970s). It set the framework for LaHaye's later ill-advised forays into OUTRIGHT fiction.
I read one without realizing what it was. I thought it was another SF novel among the ones I had checked out at the library. Once I started reading, it didn't take long to realize my mistake...first, I remember thinking the author was inserting too much religion for a SF book...