Item description for Right Behind: A Parody of Last Days Goofiness by N. D. Wilson...
Overview Buff sat by his window in business class and watched the sun come up like a single tooth in a bleeding gum. He remembered that time in Israel. You know, that time when he became a deist and began to think that he led a charmed life because he was always, to coin a phrase, in the right place at the right time. An old woman sat across the aisle from him, a passed out drunk next to him. He turned from his window and looked at the old woman. She had a pair of cotton nylon blend underpants in one hand and dentures in the other. She stared at buff in shock. "Excuse me mister," she said. "Yes?" Buff said. "He's gone. My Harold's gone. He's just gone, vanished, disappeared. Could you help me find him?" "I'm afraid that there is going to be no finding him, Ma'am." "Why?" "Has he left all material things behind him, clothes, dentures, hairpiece?" "Yes." "Then he has finally turned his back on this world of matter and all things evil. He has jumped right out of the corruption that matter entails. He has taken everything essential to his being and left the rest behind. He has reached the enlightened world of Forms where there is no jewelry but spiritual jewels, where dentures cannot go, where everyone is naked. He has been Raptured." "How do you know?" the woman said. "I write bad apocalyptic fiction. I know things. Endtimes are my game."
Publishers Description LaHaye and Jenkins' best-selling apocalyptic fiction novel, 'Left Behind, ' is already so ridiculous that it's hard to make a parody of it. Yet the conservative Christian author, Nathan Wilson, bravely sets forth to push it over the top. Tweaked versions of all the original characters work together in an absurd tangle of Evangelical goofiness struggling to make sense of the pathetically gnostic vision of the original story. You won't want to miss all body parts, cats, and youth pastors left behind, Buff Williamson's Ivy League deductions, Haddie the Whore of Babylon, or the climactic struggle with the Tulsa Antichrist in a Christian book store. If you regret reading 'Left Behind, ' read 'Right Behind' to ease that pain with laughter.
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Studio: Canon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Canon Press
ISBN 1885767870 ISBN13 9781885767875
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More About N. D. Wilson
N. D. WILSON is the bestselling author of the 100 Cupboards series and "Leepike Ridge." Once, in the fourth grade, he split his buddy s arrow while shooting at a mattress from twenty yards. Now he writes at the top of a tall, skinny house, where he lives with a blue-eyed girl he stole from the ocean, their five young explorers, two tortoises, and one snake."
N. D. Wilson currently resides in Moscow, in the state of Idaho.
N. D. Wilson has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Right Behind: A Parody of Last Days Goofiness?
A Parody of End-Times Goofiness Jun 23, 2008
Nate Wilson packs a powerful punch in his small book. He shows in a very compelling way some of the flaws of evangelicalism, of which all of Christendom is a part. He points out the shallowness of the sentimentalism which causes a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings but never really drives anyone to action (James 2:14-17). Throughout the book, he shows that the church today cares almost nothing for the physical realm, only caring for that which is spiritual. Christians often say, "My citizenship is in heaven, so nothing on this earth matters." This is the reason why much of the church today will pray about some need but then never DO anything about it. The church needs both of these if it wants to succeed. Nate Wilson explains in back of the book that we are part of the Evangelical community ourselves and that "In order to mature, Evangelicals need to move beyond the bumper sticker shallowness of the past four decades and long for true wisdom. Parodying our silliness is one small nudge in that direction. To whom much is given, much is expected."
Embarrassingly wonderful Jan 10, 2007
I have been unable to get thru the real Left Behind series. I have tried and TRIED, but the painfully cliched writing is only part of the problem. The events are so ludicrous and bizarre, and what's worse: unbiblical.
I've read the Bible cover to cover a few times and have studied eschatology (end times) extensively. Trust me when I say the Bible says NOTHING about babies disappearing from wombs, Tribulation Forces, a Russian war on Israel...omigosh, I could go on and on (how do they come up with this stuff??). For a real examination of end times, read Steve Gregg's Revelation: Four Views. He lets the reader decide through a dissemination of the four main views of eschatology...because yes, Virginia, there is more than ONE view!
Anyway, Right behind was a blast to read. It's laugh out loud funny and right on the mark. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough. Maybe if more characters cried themselves to sleep?
Very funny and very accurate Feb 25, 2006
This book is EXTREMELY funny. Those who complained about this book making fun of "serious" concepts need to lighten up and take themselves less seriously... making fun of the "Left Behind" series is NOT equivalent to making fun of the book of Revelation, but it certainly DOES make fun of the Left Behind's rather far-fetched interpretation of Revelation. People, using the "Left Behind" approach to interpreting Revelation, you could make the Book of Revelations mean ALMOST ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO BE and refer to ALMOST ANY EVENT. Books like "Left Behind" have come out every few decades, and guess what - their predictions are ALWAYS wrong!
Anyway, this book does a great job with both the humor and the theology part. He does a great job showing the extreme silliness of the "Left Behind" approach to Revelation.
To those who thought that this book was "making fun of Revelations," I must repeat my objection that this book is NOT making fun of the Bible or the Book of Revelations. The author is definitly making fun of the following: 1. The weak-mindedness that seems to prevail in too many churches. 2. The poor writing style in the "Left Behind" series. 3. The "Left Behind" series' rather far-fetched interpretations of Revelations. 4. Dispensationalism and dispensational eschatology in general.
Not well written or especially funny Feb 13, 2006
The story is boring. I've read all the real Left Behind books, and did not find this even close in comparison. I couldn't even get through the first twenty pages. I tried to imagine it as funny, but couldn't even fake it. Unimaginative and a waste of money. Not even a good spoof on the original. Spend you hard earned cash elsewhere. This book is not well-written and not funny. I enjoyed the parody "Kiss My-- Left Behind" a lot more.
Calvinist Humor Feb 8, 2006
The good folks at Credenda/Agenda, a journal of Reformed theology and opinion, have issued a line of parodies skewering various forms of silliness that have overtaken the Evangelical Protestant landscape. Any who have read Credenda/Agenda know it is sometimes caustic, usually challenging, and always Calvinist. This series shows they can also be extremely funny - shattering the common image of Reformed folk as people whom God has predestined to be humorless.
Right Behind is a truly cutting satire that joyfully pokes fun at the pretensions, bad theology, and "bunker mentality" of the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Normally, a good parody concentrates on a particular trait that in any other context would be amusing and brings it to the forefront. The difficulty here is that the entire series is a ridiculous concoction that can make no sense outside of a narrow and distorted understanding of certain passages of Holy Scripture. An additional hurdle is that many readers of the series have no idea how badly they are written. It is a tribute to Wilson's writing skill (and comedic sense) that he so successfully pulls it off.
Wilson leaves few stones unturned in mining the original series for laughs. The implausible plots, the absurd dialogue, the lack of any sense of historical or cultural understanding exhibited in the Left Behind series all come under a barrage of brilliant satire. The "battle scene" in a Christian bookstore is absolutely hilarious. Even the cover contains pointed jabs with the fact that LaHaye is not actually involved in the writing noted by having a sock puppet (Mr. Sock) as the prophecy expert/co-author. The common practice of authors endorsing books they have not read is also lampooned by including endorsement blurbs by St. Augustine and John Calvin - among others.
The reaction to the book is bound to be mixed. Those who are ardent fans of the Left Behind series will probably not find the suggestion of poor judgment on their part appealing. Those unfamiliar with the Left Behind series will probably not understand some of the allusions. However, those in the Church whom the "prophecy experts" never fooled or who now reject the distortions of God's word in such sensationalistic fare will find it highly entertaining. The latter group, in particular, may laugh heartily at the errors of their youth.