Reader Response: Impacted Lives
We asked readers to tell us how the Left Behind series has impacted their lives or the life of someone they gave the book(s) to, and here's what they had to say.
I'm an avid reader. I'll read anything from cereal boxes to shampoo bottles—whatever's handy. No book or series of books has held my interest or taught me so much as the Left Behind series. I've read all 12 books, plus the 3 prequels, and I'm now reading the Bible on a regular basis. Amazing!!
I began reading these books a couple of years ago. I believed then that I was a Christian, but I kept wavering. After I read the books, I thought, I'm not a true Christian, I'm lying to myself. I went online and found LeftBehind.com. This website and the Left Behind Series convinced me that I was believing a lie. I prayed immediately after reading an article on this sight, and then felt as though I had to tell someone. Thank you for helping me to this.
I've just finished reading the Left Behind series for the second time! The first time around I was so interested in getting to the "conclusion" of the story, I didn't really take the time to really read it. I have to say that the books have definately changed my life, for I have recently become a born-again Christian BECAUSE of this series. I've also passed the books on to friends and even to my mother, all of whom I pray they will have the same effect on! I thank you Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye for bringing me back into the family of God, and God bless both of you!
I've been very inspired and excited about the books—always remembering that they are fiction and also picturing in my mind the events that will occur at that time. My favorite part was in The Rapture when Jesus came to Jeruselem and saw Rayford in the crowd and called out his name, and Rayford came over to Jesus and Jesus put his hands around Rayford's face and told him "welcome home." I felt as though I were there in Rayford's place.
Hello, my name is Erin, and I'm 12 years old. I've a very avid reader, and I've been reading the Left Behind series for a while now. I'm currently reading The Mark. These books first caught my attention when I was at my grandmother's house. She had a shelf of books, and on it was the entire Left Behind series. The books had been there probably since I was born, and I'd never taken any interest in them. But one day, I got bored listening to stories from my relatives and starting reading Tribulation Force. (My aunt was reading the first book, so I had to start on the second.) I still haven't read the first book, but I know basically what happened. I read for hours—at my grandmother's house, in the car, at home. I was hooked. I finished it in less than a week, and before I knew it I was begging my parents to take me to church. We had gone to one when I was younger, but we moved and couldn't find one we liked. I'm still begging them. I just wanted to let you know how much I love these books. If I couldn't read them, I would probably be bored all the time. Keep up the great work!
—Your fan, Erin
My name is Scott, and I recently was told by a friend that I absolutely needed to read this series of books. I thought, sure, just another good series of books, doesn't seem to be a shortage of them. May I add, before these books I wasn't religious at all, and I found out it was Christian fiction and I thought, 'great, relious books, how wonderful.' But in all honesty, these books are literally the best I've ever read. These books have turned me into a true believer, and they definitely keep my interest. These books have changed my life for the better. Thank you very much for bringing this joy into my life!
I'd gone so far off the path from God, and a very good friend told me about the Left Behind series. Once I started reading, I realized what was missing in my life. I've since turned back to God, received Jesus as my Savior, and have been baptized. Thank you, Mr. LaHaye and Mr. Jenkins, for these wonderful books. I've learned more about the book of Revelation and understand a lot more than I did. I never would have changed my outlook on life without them. I'd forgotten how much God loved me, and now I spend a lot of my day in prayer and just talking to him.
I've been trying for years to help my mom come to Jesus. Finally these books showed me the way. I'd read all the books myself and had spoken to my mom about them when she finally picked them up and began reading them herself. Thanks to these books, my mom has come to Jesus and has become saved. Thank you, thank you, thank you for these amazing books and for helping me to help her see the Light!