Item description for Mark's Story: The Gospel According to Peter (Jesus Chronicles) by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins...
Overview Overhearing Jesus's prophecies of events to come and witnessing such events as Judas's betrayal, Peter's denial, and the Resurrection, Mark becomes a devoted disciple of Christianity and urges Peter to recount to him the story of Jesus's life on earth. By the authors of John's Story. Reprint.
Publishers Description The thrilling new novel of the Jesus Chronicles from the authors of the multi-million bestselling Left Behind series. The phenomenal multi-million-selling Left Behind series has won legions of fans. Now Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins give us the second book in their bestselling Jesus Chronicles-biblically inspired novels that bring to life the story of Jesus as never told before. "Mark's Story" is a thrilling account that vividly depicts the last day before Jesus' crucifixion and the danger that early believers faced as they boldly proclaimed him Christ the Lord. Readers will discover firsthand the growth of the early Church, the struggles of Jesus' followers, the persecution they endured-and their bravery and passion, which laid the foundation for the Christian Church and still reverberates throughout the world today.
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Studio: Berkley Trade
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Feb 3, 2009
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Jesus Chronicles
ISBN 0425218902 ISBN13 9780425218907
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More About Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
Dr. Tim LaHaye is a renowned prophecy scholar, minister, and author. His Left Behind(R) series is the bestselling Christian fiction series of all time. He and his wife, Beverly, live in southern California. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Greg Dinallo is a veteran suspense novelist. He lives with his wife, Gloria, in New York City.
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Tim LaHaye currently resides in the state of California. Tim LaHaye was born in 1926.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Marks Story (Jesus Chronicles)?
Another disappointment . . . Apr 21, 2009
. . . from the authors of "John's Story", with presumably Jenkins doing most of the writing and LaHaye providing the "theology".
Again, a caveat, because it seems as though every time I write something critical about LaHaye or Jenkins I get bashed as some sort of anti-Christian kook -- and nothing is further from the truth. I am a devout Christian; most would consider me rather conservative; and I have served in Christian education and ministry for many years. My dislike for the writing of these two individuals has nothing to do with my own personal relationship with Jesus -- and everything to do with bad writing and worse theology. The only reason I deal with this c**p at all is due to the numbers of students I teach who seem to think that LaHaye and Jenkins and their writings represent traditional, historic Christianity -- and this is simply not the case.
First, the good bits: (and yes, I have some good bits to say!)
The quality of the writing has improved significantly since "John's Story". It still does not approach quality writing, but is an improvement.
The depth of the characters and the quality of the storytelling has also improved. No Pulitzer Prize here -- but certainly an improvement.
The "padding" is greatly reduced. One of my criticisms from "John's Story" is that so much of the book was devoted to merely reproducing the Johannine Corpus directly from Scripture. While "Mark's Story" is about the same length as "John's Story" and while the Gospel According to Mark, and the two Epistles of Peter are appended, the appendix is so much shorter. (There is, of course, no mention of the authorship questions surrounding 2nd Peter -- questions the Early Church Fathers struggled with until late in the 4th century.)
Why only a single star?
Because even with the improvements, "Mark's Story" barely -- BARELY -- rises to the level of "light reading". I'm not trying to be mean or ugly here -- but there's more challenge in "Little House On The Prairie"! This is supposed to be a book for adults -- and I have elementary-aged children who would yawn through it.
Even with the improved character development, much of the dialog (like both "Kingdom Come" and "John's Story" involves persons essentially reciting Scripture passages at each other. There is a clear difference between the written word and the spoken word -- but not here!
Finally, and for me, as an historian, this is the most serious. I have been following LaHaye's writing for more than 25 years. In his theology and his eschatology, he has demonstrated over and over again that he is a hard-line, Bible-only, (rabid) anti-Catholic fundamentalist. On one level, I suppose, that's fine -- it's his cup of tea (certainly not mine!) On another level, however, for someone to take the positions he has consistently taken over the years, for him to write a book like "Mark's Story" in which much of the content is based NOT on Scripture, but rather on Church History and Tradition (CATHOLIC) Tradition, is fundamentally dishonest. Examples:
1) The idea that Peter traveled to, and died, in Rome. While the enormous majority of Christians -- Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants -- accept this historical tradition, fundamentalists have long and loudly argued this point, as they claim no direct Scriptural basis. Yet here we see Peter in Rome!
2) The tradition that Peter died by crucifixion in Rome is rejected by many fundamentalists. Yet LaHaye not only accepts the tradition -- but also the very Catholic belief that Peter was crucified (at his own request) head-downward. (See point 1!)
3) The idea that Mark became the leader of the Church in Alexandria. Again, a tradition not found in Scripture -- but held as true, based on the testimony of Church History and Tradition! Catholic Tradition! (Again, see point 1!)
4) Most fundamentalists are typically cessationists -- namely, they believe that the manifestations of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit ended with the Apostles. Yet upon Mark's arrival in Alexandria -- AFTER the death of Peter -- he immediately heals an injured man.
Other examples could be given; these are presented for brevity. My question: What IS LaHaye and what DOES he believe? He is obviously using CATHOLIC primary and secondary source material to market a book directly mainly at evangelical and fundamentalist Protestants. WHY? Does he believe these traditions? If so, many of his fellow fundamentalists would shudder! If not, WHY IS HE PRESENTING THEM?
If someone is truly interested in the Early Church, there is much primary source material available -- in English -- which would slake that interest.
But give this stuff a miss.
Mark's Story Apr 6, 2009
This book was delivered in a timely manner and in excellent condition. I'm thoroughly enjoying reading it.