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The merciful God of prophecy : his loving plan for you in the end times
LaHaye, Tim, 1926-2016.
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[New York] : Warner Books, [2002]

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xiv, 501 pages ; 24 cm
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BS649.E63 L345 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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A leading scholar of biblical prophecy reinterprets ancient scriptural passages to reveal the plan of a merciful God for a new heaven and a new Earth, as well as His plan for each individual in the new millennium.

Author Notes

Timothy LaHaye was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1926. He began preaching while working at a summer camp. In 1944, he joined the Army Air Force and was a machine-gunner on bombers in Europe. He received a bachelor's degree from Bob Jones University in 1950, doctor of ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary, and a doctor of literature degree from Liberty University.

He served a congregation in Minneapolis until 1956, then became the pastor of the Scott Memorial Baptist Church in El Cajon, California for 25 years. He wrote or helped write over 50 fiction and non-fiction books. He is the co-author of the Left Behind series and the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins. His non-fiction works cover a wide variety of subjects including marriage, family life, depression, homosexuality, anger management, education, and politics. He died days after he had a stroke on July 25, 2016 at the age of 90.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

LaHaye was already one of the most successful media evangelists when he found Jerry Jenkins to help him whip together the megaselling Left Behind novels. Probably figuring that those yarns have softened up a new audience for his preaching, he has employed another not-so-ghostly writer to gussy up what is just his brand of the kind of Christian prophetic spieling that has made many a reverend's fortune and is the basis of Left Behind. All the usual suspect texts are cited--all of Revelation, 1 Thessalonians 4:13^-17 (the rapture business), and a passel of OT and NT pull-quotes--with the spin this time emphasizing that God doesn't enjoy punishing sinners, that His mercy is more awesome than his wrath, and that all you gotta do is love Him. No Christian would deny those three points, but many would and do dispute the detailed extrapolation of prophecy that LaHaye indulges. Finesse it however they may (by simultaneously flaunting God's mercy, for instance), prophecy-mongers always seem bent on frightening people to the church, and that tactic, most Christian thinkers have maintained, is illegitimate. It sells books, though, fictional or merely speculative. --Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Avid fans of the Left Behind fictional series who expect the same action-packed prophetic scenarios to animate LaHaye's nonfiction work on biblical prophecy may come away disappointed. This presentation of future events as prophesied in the Bible is more akin to a Sunday afternoon drive through the country: the pace is slow, ploddingly so. The first two-thirds of the book deals, almost painstakingly, with setting the foundation for who God is and why prophecy is vital for today's Christian. Extra attention is given to Jesus and his role as the greatest prophet ever. LaHaye also builds a case for studying prophecy by detailing seven attributes of God's character: God is loving, faithful, patient, merciful, just, secure and the source of hope. LaHaye offers a few heartfelt personal comments for his readers, and the book improves somewhat as it goes along. In the last pages, LaHaye attempts to tie together a myriad of Scripture verses by way of a neat, concise question-and-answer section but, because it occurs in an appendix, many readers might consider this victory to be too little and too late. Overall, LaHaye succeeds in what he does best: sharing biblical prophecy. However, the droning and information-laden tone makes for dreary reading indeed. (Oct.) Forecast: With more than 50 million Left Behind products in print and audio, LaHaye is a household name, and this book could capitalize on the marketing push for the July 2 release of The Remnant, the 10th novel in the fictional series. Warner will have major national advertising for this title, in print and on radio and television. However, even die-hard Left Behind fans may find this dry and unyielding reading. If PW were to issue a prophecy... which is of course a highly suspect activity... it would be that this will enjoy a big initial spike and then fall flat. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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