Item description for Triumphant Return: The New Jerusalem (Left Behind: The Kids) by Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye & Chris Fabry...
Overview As an army gathers in the Middle East to destroy rebels against the Global Community, members of the Young Trib Force eagerly anticipate the long-awaited return of Jesus Christ.
Publishers Description With over 11 million copies sold in the series, Left Behind: The Kids follows a group of teens who were "left behind" when other friends and family members were taken to heaven by God in the Rapture. All they have left is their friendship and their growing faith in Jesus Christ. For them, the last several years have been tough, but they are about to receive the greatest reward. With background plots from Left Behind #11: "Armageddon" and Left Behind #12: "Glorious Appearing, " readers won't want to miss the spectacular conclusion to this series.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.96" Width: 4.26" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Left Behind The Kids
Series Number 40
ISBN 0842383506 ISBN13 9780842383509
Availability 0 units.
More About Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye & Chris Fabry
Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice president for publishing at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and currently a member of the board of trustees, is the author of more than 175 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series.
Jerry B. Jenkins currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.
Jerry B. Jenkins has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Triumphant Return: The New Jerusalem (Left Behind: The Kids)?
Better then it's big brother...but still not good Nov 26, 2005
After reading the fear based trash that is "Left behind: Glorious appearing", I decided to read the watered down, kid's version of the book. Much to my suprise, this book is actually better then it's big brother. Is that saying much? No. Does that mean that it's worth reading? Hmm...
Triumphant return chronicles the return of Jesus (who is still portrayed as a blood thirsty monster) as seen from the point of view of several teenagers.
Unlike it's big cousin "Glorious appearing", Triumphant return gets off to a faster start and is actually more interesting to read then it's big brother. The painfully obvious preaching is kept to a bare minimum, having been trimmed down from it's big brother. Typically, there are only one or two sermons in each chapter, rather then four or five. This alone makes this book heads and tails above the adult version.
The majority of the book takes place within a big battle for Jeruselum, as rebel fighters try to survive long enough for Jesus to show up. During that time they try to convert other people to Christianity, sometimes succeding and sometimes failing.
This part of the book is interesting because it raises several morality questions. One rebel for instance, is helpful and is against the forces of the antichrist, but is not a christian. Therefore, is he damned? Likewise, an old woman who has been Jewish all her life can't decide if she wants to accept Jesus or not. Unlike "Glorious appearing", "Triumphant return" really makes you think about good and evil. The soliders of the antichrist are not evil beings who want to destroy good. They are simply people who want to keep things a certian way. They want peace and justice, not warfare. From thier point of view, the heroes are terrorists who want to destroy the order of everything. I like how the book includes these views, because it does challenge the reader to think about what is good and what is evil?
Unfortunitly, these parts are the only really good sections of the book. Because halfway through "Jesus" returns and everything goes downhill. I won't bother going through why the "Jesus" in this book is not really Jesus (You can read my review of Glorious appearing to read all the juicy, blood-soaked details), but sufficent to say, the imposter in this book has no qualms about buthchering millions who haven't pledged alligence to his lordship.
The blood and gore from "Glorious appearing" has been toned down quite a bit, but there is still a good amount of people getting blown up and butchered. Sadly, the judgemental "Jesus" in this book is still the same as it is in "Glorious appearing". It may look like Jesus, talk like Jesus, and walk like Jesus, but it's not Jesus. The "Jesus" in this book is more family friendly, but still has no qualms about killing millions, damning millions more to hell because they don't worship him, and generally being an unpleasant person. In this book (and it's big brother) Jesus is incorrectly portryaed as a blood-thirsty, power hungry dictator.
One part I really liked about this book is near the end, after "Jesus" damns millions to hell, one of the teenagers is actually sad about all those millions of men, women, and children who have just been sentenced to an enternity of never-ending torture by the being she worships as a savior. This teenager shows more compassion then Jesus does in both this book and it's big brother combined, and that made me cheer. Sadly, it doesn't last because "Jesus" then says something, and we move on.
It's interesting to note how huge chunks of this book have been copied directly from "Glorious appearing", with only one or two new sentences put in to base it off of the teenagers point of view. That feels a little cheap to me.
I'm very nervous about parents giving this book (or this series for that matter) to thier children to read because of what it teaches. It teaches that God and Jesus's love has an expiration date (not true), that Jesus has no qualms about casting you into hell forever if you don't pledge alligence to his lordship (again, power hungry dictator), and that every other religion aside from Christianity is false and will send you to hell if you follow them. Is this really what kids should be reading? This is fear based literature that teaches kids to fear these beings that they should be loving. Not good in my opinion.
So please, parents, think really hard if you want your kid's exposure to Jesus and God to be one of fear and threats, rather then love and acceptance, as it should be. If you want to try and make your kids accept Jesus as thier savior, tell them how much Jesus loves them and can offer peace and a stable life, rather then how Jesus will damn them to hell forever for not accepting him as lord. Otherwise, you might be setting them up for a lifetime of fear.
This book gets two stars from me because that the preaching has been greatly trimmed down (thank God!), and that it really makes the reader think about views of good and evil. Other then that, it's not worth your time.
The overall message of this book is "Hey kids! Accept Jesus as lord! OR ELSE!" *Evil laugh*
Left Behind series review, and review of a review Mar 9, 2005
There really isn't too much to say other than there's a reason the Left Behind series are a set of best-selling books. Truly great Christian literature that shed light on what is prophesied to come. I've been hooked on the series since 2000, & was saved by the message contained within. And it's not just these books anymore, I began to hunger for the Bible as well. However, God has many ways to get His foot in the door, and the Left Behind series is a great example. I'm forever grateful that God found a way in.
Jenkins and LaHaye are truly doing God's work through these novels, and I know not by how popular the series has become and how many people have come to know and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, but how many stone-throwers & bashers you see writing negative reviews about these books. There is even one individual--who has written a review here on this book--who has proven that he is still oblivious and ignorant of what is printed in these books, even though he "claims" to have read them. This dude has gone so far as to call Christians "evil."
If you need proof of his ignorance, look no further than this statement: "Meanwhile, the Christians will be saved no matter how evil they behave, because they've got Jesus on their side." That is so NOT true. Being saved is more than saying "God, save me. I believe in Jesus, so I'm good to go." Being saved isn't a free ticket to do whatever you want to do. According to his statement, Satan--despite his evil--will go to heaven because he knows and believes of God and Jesus' existence. God knows your heart and knows if you mean it or not, and being saved isn't some excuse to do evil. You're either evil or good, which is represented by "the fruits you produce." An apple tree isn't going to produce grapes. If this dude had bothered reading the series at all, he would have noted that a preacher was left behind in book one.
So what is being saved, really? It's accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and committing yourself to do His will, DESPITE our human failings. It's putting aside your own will to do God's. That's not saying we aren't all human and won't make mistakes, b/c it will happen more times than we want. But true Christians are committed to do better, & don't believe themselves to be better than unsaved people--just forgiven--which is the whole point. You can't be a Christian and still continue doing evil and wickedness, you can't be both good and bad, you can't be both hot and cold. So if all this is true, what's up with the stone-throwers and bashers of Christians? Well, what do you expect? Jesus Himself was hunted, beaten, and executed, and said that if even He is treated this way, how can we expect any different? When I originally read his review, I was angry, but now, I read it and smile because I realize--that it wasn't just me that FELT the powerful message of God--that the Left Behind series has just that powerful a message to not only save people but to get such a vehemently negative response from a non-Christian.
That dude is so afraid to believe that everything in the Bible is true that he would explain it all away with his own lies and ignorance. Just guessing, he's so into his lifestyle that he doesn't want anything to change the status quo. If this guy is so against Christians, why would he even consider reading the Left Behind series in the first place? Maybe searching for loop holes but couldn't find any perhaps? I would say "If you hate it so much, why subject yourself to it?" But, instead, I'll just say, "Do what you want to. Seems that's what you're gonna do anyway." So when you read his review, do this: 1. Smile 2. Accept it as a 5-star rating from someone that doesn't want to believe & doesn't really know what he's talking about 3. Read the books and make up your own mind
Oh, and by the way, I love the books, they truly changed my life, and unlike another certain reviewer, I actually did my homework. I looked up every prophecy in the Bible--not just Revelations as Mark did (I read the Bible cover to cover)--and have come to only one conclusion: with the exception of the prophecies yet to come, all the prophecies thus far have come to pass exactly as they were fortold thousands of years before. Just FYI.
Awesome book Jan 29, 2005
This is a really great book, with the Glorious Appearing being the coolest. I've read it about four times in bookstores, and it never ceases to thrill me. As for what Mark Moore says, he is describing Christianity like it is: but from a negative point of view. The Bible is not a myth. Anyway, this is a good book, and I think it would be cool if they made another series about the temporary release of Satan and the rebellion. In Christ,
Series for adults now rewritten for teens Dec 25, 2004
I have always enjoyed the adult series of Left Behind books. The kids books are just as good. The kids interact with the characters from the adult series, experience the same events, etc. However, since the main characters are teens, these books can appeal to younger readers. So far, the stories haven't had the ups and downs that the adult series has had. The adult series has books that are a lot more boring than others. The kids series seems to be good in every book. These are not for really young kids, but would be appropriate for young teens. I enjoy them and I am an adult.
The BEST book in the series Sep 29, 2004
This book is definitely my fav!! The return of Jesus was so moving, it made me wish that I was right there beside Judd, Vicki, Lionel and all the rest. This book is the most read in my bookshelf!