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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L.B.: Tin men

Please forgive a brief aside, we'll pick up again on page 129 this week in a second post. Here I want to explore a theory about the theological foundations of Bad Writing and, in particular, Bad Evangelical Writing. As it turns out, I doubt this theory applies to LaHaye and Jenkins, but bear with me. [Read More…]

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L.B.: If you can make it there

Left Behind, pp. 126-129 Charter pilot Ken Ritz promised to fly Buck Williams to New York City, or as close as he can land. That turns out to be Easton, Pa. Perhaps to distract Buck from the fact that he's getting dropped off 70 miles from the city, Ritz changes the subject: "You know," Ritz [Read More…]

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L.B.: Other People

Left Behind, pp. 123-126 Somewhere near where you live is a restaurant you've probably never eaten at. It's heyday was decades ago, before the original owner sold the place. The subsequent owners have preserved the decor, the menu, the name — but they all seem to be lacking whatever it was that originally made them [Read More…]

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L.B.: Opening Irene’s Bible

Left Behind, pp. 121-123 Rayford Steele is grieving. He has begun what in the world of Left Behind passes for an existential crisis. Rayford Steele lay on his back, staring at the ceiling. … He didn't want to watch the news. He didn't want to read the paper, even knowing a new one had flopped [Read More…]

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