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Writing the Rapture

By Crawford Gribben
  • ISBN Code: : 9780199716838
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Religion
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For the past twenty years, evangelical prophecy novels have been a powerful presence on American bestseller lists. Emerging from a growing conservative culture industry, the genre dramatizes events that many believers expect to occur at the end of the age - the rapture of the saved, the rise of the Antichrist, and the fearful tribulation faced by those who are "left behind." Seeking the forces that drove the unexpected success of the Left Behind novels, Crawford Gribben traces the gradual development of the prophecy fiction genre from its eclectic roots among early twentieth-century fundamentalists. The first rapture novels came onto the scene at the high water mark of Protestant America. From there, the genre would both witness the defeat of conservative Protestantism and participate in its eventual reconstruction and return, providing for the renaissance of the evangelical imagination that would culminate in the Left Behind novels. Yet, as Gribben shows, the rapture genre, while vividly expressing some prototypically American themes, also serves to greatly complicate the idea of American modernity-assaulting some of its most cherished tenets. Gribben concludes with a look at "post-Left Behind" rapture fiction, noting some works that were written specifically to counter the claims of the best-selling series. Along the way, he gives attention not just to literary fictions, but to rapture films and apocalyptic themes in Christian music. Writing the Rapture is an indispensable guide to this flourishing yet little understood body of literature.

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Book Short Summary:

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Confused about this thing called the rapture? Do not feel bad. The rise of the new theory of a pretribulation rapture in the 1800s has sparked confusion, controversy, and debate throughout the Christian world. This book will address and clarify the following questions and more. What is the rapture? How does the rapture take place? Who is involved with the rapture? When is the rapture happening? Is the rapture a pretribulation rapture? Is the rapture a posttribulation rapture? Or is it something else? What do you mean by pretribulation or posttribulation? What is the tribulation? What is the day of the Lord? The book will dive into these questions and also look at the signs preceding the second coming of Jesus. Questions will be answered!

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  • Total of Pages : 464
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The conclusion to the worldwide bestselling FALLEN series, with exclusive content from the darkly romantic world of FALLEN and an excerpt of Lauren Kate's novel TEARDROP. A USA Today bestseller A New York Times bestselling series More than 3 million series copies in print! When evil triumphs . . . when the world ends . . . trust your love. The sky is dark with wings. . . . Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn't know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they've borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters. In the fight for Luce, who will win? The astonishing conclusion to the Fallen series. Heaven can't wait any longer. “Sexy and fascinating and scary . . . I loved loved loved it!” —P. C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author on Fallen

Letters from Jonathan

By Todd A. Johnson
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1664248927
  • Total of Pages : 474
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 931
  • Pdf File: letters-from-jonathan.pdf

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What if one day while waiting at a restaurant for your pizza, you found yourself in a world where a large percentage of the population, including your girlfriend across the table, suddenly vanished? Mayhem and chaos are the new-normal. What just happened? Where would you go? How would you live? That is where Michael Thomas finds himself on an early fall day in the not so distant future. With no real knowledge of where he came from, growing up orphaned, few decisions had been up to him and unpredictability the norm. Michael is about to experience a life that will make the one he knew seem wholly predictable by comparison. None of it makes any sense. The apparent randomness of it all... Who could have expected this? As it turns out, someone did. Several someone’s in fact. Enter the letters from Jonathan, as well as new companions Eddie, Sam, Jane and MessBox Ranch. Compelled to go North, Michael finds a new purpose to his life with new friends and enemies. Most importantly he finds another Someone and something else he never expected by this time in his life, a family. Of those that remain, the coming darkness will leave no one untouched. Still, it won’t last forever. Find out how they were protected and provided for in spite of the encroaching evil just outside their door. There will be surprises. You also will have a role in this.

Survival and Resistance in Evangelical America

By Crawford Gribben
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199370230
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 246
  • Pdf File: survival-and-resistance-in-evangelical-america.pdf

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Over the last thirty years, conservative evangelicals have been moving to the Northwest of the United States, where they hope to resist the impact of secular modernity and to survive the breakdown of society that they anticipate. These believers have often given up on the politics of the Christian Right, adopting strategies of hibernation while developing the communities and institutions from which a new America might one day emerge. Their activity coincides with the promotion by prominent survivalist authors of a program of migration to the "American Redoubt," a region encompassing Idaho, Montana, parts of eastern Washington and Oregon, and Wyoming, as a haven in which to endure hostile social change or natural disaster and in which to build a new social order. These migration movements have independent origins, but they overlap in their influences and aspirations, working in tandem to offer a vision of the present in which Christian values must be defended as American society is rebuilt according to biblical law. This book examines the origins, evolution, and cultural reach of this little-noted migration and considers what it might tell us about the future of American evangelicalism. Drawing on Calvinist theology, the social theory of Christian Reconstruction, and libertarian politics, these believers are projecting significant soft power. Their books are promoted by leading mainstream publishers and listed as New York Times bestsellers. Their strategy is gaining momentum, making an impact in local political and economic life, while being repackaged for a wider audience in publications by a broader coalition of conservative commentators and in American mass culture. This survivalist evangelical subculture recognizes that they have lost the culture war - but another kind of conflict is beginning.

Rapture's Gold

By Rosanne Bittner
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  • Publisher : Diversion Publishing Corp.
  • Book Code : 1682303314
  • Total of Pages : 458
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 389
  • Pdf File: rapture-s-gold.pdf

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The gold rush sparks a fiery passion in this smoldering historical western romance from the bestselling author of Tender Betrayal. At seventeen, strong-willed Harmony Jones has made it to Cripple Creek all by herself. Now all she needs to reach her inherited claim is a guide—and the only one she can find is the devastatingly handsome Buck Hanner. The challenge and dangers of searching for gold in the rugged Rocky Mountains force Buck and Harmony to recognize the strength and bravery each possesses—and the love they discover leads them to a much greater treasure. . . . “Power, passion, tragedy and triumph are Rosanne Bittner’s hallmarks. Again and again, she brings readers to tears.” —RT Book Reviews

The Rapture of the Nerds

By Cory Doctorow,Charles Stross
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  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Book Code : 1429944919
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 211
  • Pdf File: the-rapture-of-the-nerds.pdf

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Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick that it obscures the sun. The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar-system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander...and when that happens, it casually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple. So until the overminds bore of stirring Earth's anthill, there's Tech Jury Service: random humans, selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions and ruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropic Welshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and a couple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

I Want to Be Left Behind

By Brenda Peterson
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  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Book Code : 0786745940
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 856
  • Pdf File: i-want-to-be-left-behind.pdf

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In Brenda Peterson's unusual memoir, fundamentalism meets deep ecology. The author's childhood in the high Sierra with her forest ranger father led her to embrace the entire natural world, while her Southern Baptist relatives prepared eagerly and busily to leave this world. Peterson survived fierce “sword drill” competitions demanding total recall of the Scriptures and awkward dinner table questions (“Will Rapture take the cat, too?”) only to find that environmentalists with prophecies of doom can also be Endtimers. Peterson paints such a hilarious, loving portrait of each world that the reader, too, may want to be Left Behind.

The Rapture Deception

By Deacon Floyd Fleshman
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1512727571
  • Total of Pages : 48
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 161
  • Pdf File: the-rapture-deception.pdf

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The book has been written so that the truth is known about the second coming of our Lord to gather together His church. Humanity calls this event the rapture. Christians have been deceived into thinking that it can happen at any time. This book shows, without a doubt, when that time shall occur.

The Pre-Wrath Rapture View

By Renald E. Showers
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  • Publisher : Kregel Academic
  • Book Code : 9780825497285
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 455
  • Pdf File: the-pre-wrath-rapture-view.pdf

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An authoritative biblical critique of the recent pre-wrath rapture theory popularized by Rosenthal and Van Kampen.

The Rapture

By Chuck Missler
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  • Publisher : Koinonia House
  • Book Code : 1578215951
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 446
  • Pdf File: the-rapture.pdf

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Religion and the Marketplace in the United States

By Jan Stievermann,Philip Goff,Detlef Junker
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0190266570
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 424
  • Pdf File: religion-and-the-marketplace-in-the-united-states.pdf

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Alexis de Tocqueville once described the national character of Americans as one question insistently asked: "How much money will it bring in?" G.K. Chesterton, a century later, described America as a "nation with a soul of a church." At first glance, the two observations might appear to be diametrically opposed, but this volume shows the ways in which American religion and American business overlap and interact with one another, defining the US in terms of religion, and religion in terms of economics. Bringing together original contributions by leading experts and rising scholars from both America and Europe, the volume pushes this field of study forward by examining the ways religions and markets in relationship can provide powerful insights and open unseen aspects into both. In essays ranging from colonial American mercantilism to modern megachurches, from literary markets to popular festivals, the authors explore how religious behavior is shaped by commerce, and how commercial practices are informed by religion. By focusing on what historians often use off-handedly as a metaphor or analogy, the volume offers new insights into three varieties of relationships: religion and the marketplace, religion in the marketplace, and religion as the marketplace. Using these categories, the contributors test the assumptions scholars have come to hold, and offer deeper insights into religion and the marketplace in America.

Atheism for Christians

By Benjamin Thomas Jones
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1498225829
  • Total of Pages : 190
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 267
  • Pdf File: atheism-for-christians.pdf

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What can Mary Wollstonecraft teach Christians about sexual ethics? Can John Stuart Mill help the church understand toleration? Are there lessons for the Christian world from writers like Marx, Nehru, Shelley, Popper, and Hume? Atheism for Christians looks at the work of some of the most influential secular thinkers and asks what Christians can learn without giving up their faith or core values. Looking at important modern issues such as gender equality, same-sex marriage, creationism and evolution, abortion, universal health, biblical literalism, and religious tribalism, this work offers a fresh perspective on old questions. The Bible says the value of wisdom is far above rubies. It should not matter where that wisdom comes from. The Christian world should be able to celebrate and learn from the intellectual giants in the secular tradition just as atheists can still appreciate the great academic and artistic contribution of Christianity. The nexus between faith and reason is sometimes stretched but should never be abandoned. Atheism for Christians offers a unique insight into the work of some of the greatest secular thinkers and argues there is much to learn.

Plotting Apocalypse

By Jennie Chapman
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  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Book Code : 1617039047
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 902
  • Pdf File: plotting-apocalypse.pdf

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It is the not-too-distant future, and the rapture has occurred. Every born-again Christian on the planet has, without prior warning, been snatched from the earth to meet Christ in the heavens, while all those without the requisite faith have been left behind to suffer the wrath of the Antichrist as the earth enters into its final days. This is the premise that animates the enormously popular cultural phenomenon that is the Left Behind series of prophecy novels, co-written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins and published between 1995 and 2007. But these books are more than fiction: it is the sincere belief of many evangelicals that these events actually will occur—soon. Plotting Apocalypse delves into the world of rapture, prophecy, and tribulation in order to account for the extraordinary cultural salience of these books and the impact of the world they project. Through penetrating readings of the novels, Chapman shows how the series offers a new model of evangelical agency for its readership. The novels teach that although believers are incapable of changing the course of a future that has been preordained by God, they can become empowered by learning to read the prophetic books of the Bible—and the signs of the times—correctly. Reading and interpretation become key indices of agency in the world that Left Behind limns. Plotting Apocalypse reveals the significant cultural work that Left Behind performs in developing a counter-narrative to the passivity and fatalism that can characterize evangelical prophecy belief. Chapman’s arguments may bear profound implications for the future of American evangelicalism and its interactions with culture, society, and politics.

Rapture - Complete Series

By Lucia Jordan
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  • Publisher : Wild Hearts Romance
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 153
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 720
  • Pdf File: rapture-complete-series.pdf

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Here is the complete ‘Rapture’ Series, a seriously hot and provocative romance by Lucia Jordan, written in her signature style of high passion and emotion. When the stakes are high and things seem too good to be true, what do you believe in? For Magnolia Burns, sculpture is her life. It’s her daily work, her greatest love, and her constant struggle. It may not be the easiest way to pay her bills, but sculpture is just about the only romance in her life. But when Front Street Gallery takes on a sexy new tenant—German painter and photographer Ranier Ferran— Magnolia’s whole life is about to be turned on its head. Ranier is a perfectionist and a romantic. A late night rendezvous in his studio swiftly turns into a sensual exploration of each other’s desire, as Ranier learns every curve and contour of Magnolia’s beautiful body. Now sculpture has some competition for her affections, and Ranier is about to show Magnolia the pleasure to be gained from giving up control. Only mature readers should download this book.