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Overview A group of teenagers are tragically drawn together after the suicide death of one of their classmates. In their deep searching for answers to his death they are all drawn to Uncle Herm. Uncle Herm was their friend and mentor. Herm was easy to search with and they met with Uncle Herm on a regular basis. They were a no-name group until one day Paul came rushing in to the discussion with a frenzied look. He had been listening to some radio program proclaiming that events in the Middle East were ripe for the battle of Armageddon to begin right away. This sets the stage for the rest of the book as these group of kids and Uncle Herm explore all of the 'hot topics' of the endtimes: Israel, Antichrist, rapture and of course the big one, Armageddon.
Publishers Description Four teenagers search for answers when they are left behind after a tragic suicide. With Uncle Herm as their guide, Paul, Kristy, Chuck, and Francis look at life, death, church, the rapture, and Armageddon as they search for the reason they were left behind. Noah, Moses, Joseph, and David were all called to leave their former lives and become someone new in the Kingdom of God. They left behind what they had known and followed the dream of serving God.
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Studio: Treasure House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2005
Publisher DESTINY IMAGE #45
ISBN 0768429617 ISBN13 9780768429619
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More About Dudley Hall
Dudley Hall, president of Successful Christian Living Ministries, is committed to communicating the essentials of the Christian faith in an easy to grasp fashion. He is a popular conference speaker and author of numerous books. Dudley, his wife, Betsy, and their two children, David and Karis, live in Euless, Texas.
Dudley Hall currently resides in Grapevine, in the state of Texas. Dudley Hall was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about Glad to Be Left Behind?
I'd give it no stars if that was an option! Jul 8, 2005
I found this book to be so bad that after reading it through chapter eight, I threw it in the garbage. Dudley fails to follow his own rules, given in the one or two chapters, of interpreting the Bible. His theology is frustrating. Since I threw the book away, I cannot be too specific but can only allow memory to share why I found this book so theologically unsound and frustating.
In the first place, I thought it was a book refuting the rapture theory as implied from the title and back cover comments. Going through eight chapters, he has yet not discussed it.
Second, I think his major error is when he claims that the Hebrew Scriptures (HS) ought to be interpreted in light of the New Testament (NT). It seems to me he has that backwards. The apostle Paul validated the life of Christ based on the HS (cf. Acts 26:22-23). As such, the NT should be validated by the HS.
True, the NT clarifies the teaching of the HS but the HS are not validated as true on the basis of the NT. If the NT does not follow the revelation of the HS, it is to be considered a counterfeit revelation. Such is my understanding of the relationship between the HS and the NT. Otherwise, the Mormons and the Muslims can just as soundly argue for the validity of their respective books.
Third (and I find this to be Dudley's weakest and awful argument and one where he goes against his own advice on certain rules to interpreting the Bible), Dudley claims that natural Israel has no claim to the covenant blessing of the Hebrew Scriptures and that the "Church" now inherits them. That is, he subscribes to "replacement" theology.
He asserts to advocate "fulfillment" theology but that's only word-playing. "Replacement" and "fulfillment," it seems to me, include the same ideas. Do Christians not say that Jesus "fulfilled" the Hebrew animal sacrifices and, therefore, "replaces" them? In spite of of his disclaimer, Dudley advocates "replacement" theology. His argument does not convince me otherwise.
From what I read in the Bible, Dudley is way off with respect to Israel being replaced by the Church. Let me give just two basic reasons why: (1) Dudley takes up, it seems, a more allegorical or "spiritual" interpretation of Biblical texts than is warranted, and (2) Refering to national Israel, the Bible declares that the "calling and gifts of God irrevocable."
Dudly contends that God will not fulfill his promises to an unbelieving nation as Israel. And in this he is right. But God will fulfill His promised blessings to Israel if she repents and turns back to God through Jesus Messiah. And the NT does prophetically and clearly imply Israel's national repentance: "all Israel will be saved".
Michael L. Brown argues, "the Church's fatal error was not in believing that the Jewish people were temporarily under divine disfavor for rejecting the Messiah...The Church erred fatally by thinking that God's disfavor towards Israel was permanent. It was His choosing of [national] Israel that was permanent."
The subject of Israel was my biggest bone of contention with Dudley and he seemed to make that the main thrust of his book instead of the rapture question. His arguments were so bad it was frustrating to read and led me to take it to the garbage.
My advice: pass this book up. In the opening one or two chapters there is some good advice on how to interpret the Bible (I guess he gets one star for that) but Dudley is horrible (and I do mean "horrible") practicing it during the rest of the book (at least, I can say, through to chapter eight). But if you do plan to read it then also purchase Michael L. Brown's, "Our Hands Are Stained With Blood," which offers, I believe, a more coherently Biblical stance regarding Israel's divine purpose and destiny as a nation.
I do plan to buy (real cheap!) the book again in order to finish it and to use it, should the occasion arise, as a basis in contending against Dudley's views of "replacement" theology.
An Important Book for Our Time Jul 3, 2004
Dudley Hall's new book, Glad to Be Left Behind, is one of the most important books to be released in recent years. Hall dares to ask the questions many in evangelical circles have been afraid to raise. Are we really living in the last days? What happened in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and how does it affect Biblical interpretation today? Where does our generation fall in the overall story of God throughout history? Are there promises yet unfulfilled by God to national Israel?
In an easy-to-read conversational style, Hall provokes the reader to an intense study of the scriptures which he gently guides with reading assignments at the end of each chapter.
If you are interested in the truth about the Day in which we are living, I highly recommend this book!