Cover image for Facing the future
Facing the future
Jenkins, Jerry B.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
150 pages ; 18 cm.
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 4.0 27608.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.3 9 Quiz: 28693 Guided reading level: W.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

On Order



This series is based on the best-selling adult Left Behind series. Readers will see the Rapture and Tribulation through the eyes of four kids who have been left behind.

Author Notes

Jerry B. Jenkins was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on September 23, 1949. He is the author of more than 175 books including the Left Behind series, Riven, Matthew's Story, The Last Operative, and The Brotherhood. He is also the former editor of Moody Magazine, and his writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. He wrote the nationally syndicated sports story comic strip, Gil Thorp, from 1996-2004.

He owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Los Angeles, which produced the critically-acclaimed movie Hometown Legend, based on his book of the same name. He also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which trains professional Christian writers. As a marriage and family author and speaker, he has been a frequent guest on Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Facing the Future continues the post-Rapture adventures of four adolescents left behind after Jesus Christ, to use the book's term, "snatched" all those who believe in Him. In a blink of an eye, the Christians of the world disappeared, leaving non-believers behind to face a world of confusion and crime. Rich kid Judd, trailer park dweller Vicki, African-American Lionel, and scared young Ryan have accepted Christ as their personal savior now, but must deal with the loss of loved ones and await the rise of the Antichrist. The book's first section deals with the kids pulling off a sting operation on those responsible for the murder of Lionel's uncle. This subplot has a surprisingly violent, unappealing tone involving shootings and the kids being encouraged to lie to help nab the criminals. Such elements are perplexing in a novel about faith and values. Narrator Scott Shina slips into an uncomfortable African-American dialect when reading the parts of the men and the girl involved in the crime. The book's most interesting characters, a cyncial non-believer cop and his wife, add some spark to the story. Co-authors Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye are more interested in hammering home an Evangelical Christian message than developing their characters. Although Judd and Vicki develop a friendship that crosses economic barriers, the authors reinforce stereotypes by describing Vicki's lower class trailer park neighbors as "loud and destructive," and Judd's mansion as being filled with meaningless materialism. The characters engage in the same conversation about faith over and over again. By the time a supporting character whips out a flip chart to lecture the young heroes about the Book of Revelations, some listeners wishing for stronger character development and more graceful storytelling might be long gone. However, the series' many fans will appreciate the book's message, and find the figure of the Antichrist (a seductive Romanian named Nicolae Carpathia, head of the UN) chilling. Narrator Scott Shina keeps the action moving, even in the book's clunkier moments.-Brian E. Wilson, Evanston Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.