L.B.: Suspicious phone call

Left Behind, pp. 156-159 Dirk Gently Burton, you will recall, was Buck Williams' college roommate and is now his off-the-record source about the machinations of a powerful conspiracy of behind-the-scenes financiers. Burton's fringe theory has two parts. First, he believes that international bankers seem to be concerned about discussions to unify the global economy with [Read More…]

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L.B.: The Blair Witch Video

Left Behind, pp. 154-156 Rayford Steele is anxiously awaiting the safe return home of his daughter, Chloe. It's kind of strange that he is not also anxiously awaiting the safe return home of his wife and son. Readers of the book know for certain that those who suddenly disappeared will not be coming back, but [Read More…]

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L.B.: Executive Intelligence Review

Left Behind, pp. 151-154 The opening sentence of Chapter 9 clearly establishes that this is not a flashback: Buck's subconscious waking system failed him that evening, but by 8:45 p.m. he was back in Steve Plank's office, disheveled and apologetic. So it's not a flashback. This scene occurs after the mass disappearances. We are in [Read More…]

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L.B.: Downpresser Man

Sinead O'Connor has recorded a nice version of the Peter Tosh song "Downpresser Man." Hearing it yesterday, I was struck by how Tosh's lyrics capture the meaning and the spirit of the apocalypse better than anything Tim LaHaye has ever written. If you haven't heard it, "Downpresser Man" is an explicitly apocalyptic song. It describes [Read More…]

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L.B.: Regarding Hattie

Left Behind, pp. 144-150 Rayford's saintly dead wife has been plucked away by the very hand of God, thus elevating her above even the chaste pedestal on which he had kept her. This makes our hero's madonna/whore complex that much worse. He thinks back again to when he "indulged in that make-out session at the [Read More…]

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L.B.: Narcissus reflects

Left Behind, pp. 142 – 144 Our narcissistic friend Rayford at last takes a long look in the mirror. I mean "narcissistic" in the clinical sense, as in NPD, the description of which reads like Cliff Notes character summary for Rayford Steele: A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and [Read More…]

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L.B.: The Antichrist Checklist

Left Behind, pp. 135-142 Buck Williams has his work cut out for him. He's in charge of investigating and reporting the biggest story in the history of the human race. What caused the instantaneous disappearance of 1/3 of the world's population? Could this strange event have been the result of foul play? Are the missing [Read More…]

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L.B.: Everybody loves Rayford

Left Behind, pp. 129-133 We left Buck Williams outside of the offices of "Global Weekly," somewhere in midtown Manhattan, miles and miles from midtown Manhattan. Buck heads inside and meets up with his friends and colleagues for the first time since one third of the world's people disappeared and hundreds of thousands more were killed [Read More…]

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