Friday, January 7, 2011

Left Behind Series - Prequel #1 "The Rising"

So, finished the first book of the prequel today (there are two).  Was pretty good I suppose, kept me in suspense.  It was mostly about the Antichrist, events leading up to his birth, his childhood, up to 21 years of age. It also followed the growing up years of Rayford Steele, his life as a boy, growing up, school, college, how he met his wife, the birth of his kids, etc.  I hadn't read it before, and so it was interesting to see how things started before the actual series itself.  I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who hasn't read it, but I'll just talk about the beginning of the book.

It starts off with this woman university professor who is in an intellectual marriage with another university professor - it was all about their minds: conversations, debates, talking intellectually with each other, not physical at all.  She ends up wanting a child, though he did not want one at all.  She starts going to these Tuesday night meetings to try to take her mind off her mothering instincts.  These meetings were spiritual, and the way it was described in the book was that the leaders would help people find answers to their questions.  I got pretty uncomfortable with the fictional situation, especially the way these meetings were portrayed.  There were séances by candlelight, lots of dark spiritual stuff, and though it was never specifically said it wasn't Christian, it didn't specifically say it was.  And so I was on edge about how they were portraying Christ to these people seeking answers.

Of course, it turns out that they were not worshiping Christ, but rather Lucifer.  Strangely enough, it set my mind at ease because these people weren't getting the wrong idea of Christianity.  Even though it's all a fictional book.

Anyways, I won't spoil the book any further, go and read it for yourselves! =)

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