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Rapture Culture offers fresh and illuminating insights into one of the most significant cultural phenomena of our .

Rapture Culture offers fresh and illuminating insights into one of the most significant cultural phenomena of our era, the explosion of interest in biblical prophecies of the end times. This eminently readable book explores the interaction of contemporary American religion, cultural politics, gender issues, and the mass media.

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The Rapture: In the Twinkling of an Eye/Countdown to the Earth's Last Days is the 3rd prequel novel in the Left Behind series, written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in 2006. This book is the final of the three prequels and covers events leading up to the first book Left Behind. The narrative of the novel The Rapture includes events that take place during the first chapters of Left Behind and provides a backdrop story for the book Left Behind.

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The rapture is an eschatological concept within Christianity, particularly within branches of American evangelicalism, consisting of an end-time event when all Christian believers who are alive, along with resurrected believers, will rise "in t. .

The rapture is an eschatological concept within Christianity, particularly within branches of American evangelicalism, consisting of an end-time event when all Christian believers who are alive, along with resurrected believers, will rise "in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the ai. This view gained significant traction through the influence of John Nelson Darby and was further promulgated by his followers.

The first rapture novels came onto the scene at the high water mark of Protestant America. From there, the genre would both witness the defeat of conservative Protestantism and participate in its eventual reconstruction and return, providing for the renaissance of the evangelical imagination that would culminate in the Left Behind novels. Yet, as Gribben shows, the rapture genre, while vividly expressing some prototypically American themes, also serves to greatly complicate the idea of American some of its most cherished tenets.

In Rapture Culture, Amy Johnson Frykholm explores this remarkable phenomenon, seeking to understand why American evangelicals find the idea of the rapture so compelling. What is the secret behind the remarkable popularity of the apocalyptic genre? One answer, she argues, is that the books provide a sense of identification and communal belonging that counters the "social atomization" that characterizes modern life. This also helps explain why they appeal to female readers, despite the deeply patriarchal worldview they promote. Amy Johnson Frykholm.

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That summer, the summer all the rules began to change, June seemed to last for a thousand years. The temperature was merciless: ninety-eight, ninety-nine, then a hundred in the shade. It was heat to die in, to go nuts or to spawn in. Old folks collapsed, dogs were cooked alive in cars, lovers couldn’t keep their hands off each other. The sky pressed down like a furnace lid, shrinking the subsoil, cracking concrete, killing shrubs from the roots up. In the parched suburbs, ice cream trucks plinked their baby tunes into streets that sweated tar. Down at the harbor, the sea reflected the sun in tiny, barbaric mirrors. Asphyxiated, you longed for rain. It didn’t come.–from The Rapture by Liz Jensen---It’s a blazing hot summer in the not-too-distant future. Thirty-five-year-old psychologist Gabrielle Fox is painfully rebuilding her life after a terrible accident that has left her a paraplegic, and her lover dead. The effects of incapacitating memories and guilt have led to Gabrielle’s dismissal from her London job. Craving anonymity and a fresh start, she moves to the coastal town of Hadport and accepts the first post she is offered, as an art therapist at a lackluster institution for dangerously psychopathic teens.Gabrielle’s predecessor is on emergency leave thanks to an unhealthy obsession with Bethany Krall, now Gabrielle’s patient. A punky and precocious wild child with matted hair and kohl-rimmed eyes, Bethany’s claim to fame is that she murdered her own mother with a screwdriver. Aside from a gift for rip-roaring verbal obscenities and a knack for intuiting the inner torments of strangers, Bethany has the uncanny ability to gleefully forecast the environmental catastrophes now befalling the earth at a terrifying rate. Though skeptical at first, Gabrielle finds herself preoccupied with Bethany, her alarm and fascination swelling with every accurate prediction.Seeking a rational explanation, Gabrielle connects with the big-hearted Scottish geophysicist Frazer Melville, an expert on global weather patterns. Though Frazer is not able to give Gabrielle the easy answer she hopes for, she finds comfort in his presence, and perhaps even attraction. The two begin a tentative romance as Gabrielle realizes that the door to her sexual life may not be closed after all. Meanwhile, the enormous human cost of each global cataclysm is tallied in advance by a jubilant Bethany, who likes to toss in a few snippets of scripture memorized at the knee of her father, the charismatic fundamentalist preacher Leonard Krall. Gabrielle suspects Krall of having more to do with his wife and child’s ruin than he admits to, but before she can fully investigate, she and Frazer must put their reputations on the line and find a way to warn humanity of the looming apocalypse.Raved about in The Times as “an unputdownable eco-thriller” and already optioned for film by Warner Brothers, Liz Jensen’s The Rapture once again proves Jensen to be a master of page-turning suspense. Readers will be entertained by the pyrotechnics of this hugely intelligent and wholly original voice, while unnerved by the high-voltage ecological horror story that feels all too plausible in our time.From the Hardcover edition.

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This is the third book I've read by Liz Jensen and I can definitely say that I thoroughly admire and enjoy Liz Jensen's intelligence and literary talent. She's my type of author, and I doubt there would be anything that she wrote that I wouldn't find enjoyable on some level or other just because she is so technically brilliant. But I was hesitant to review this novel when I finished it three months ago. I'd given the first two novels very high ratings ("The Uninvited" and "My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time: A Novel"). But I was far less pleased with "The Rapture." It enjoyed it, but at the time I finished it, I just couldn't put my finger on why I did not like it as much as the other two books. Now, that time has past, I think I understand.

I'll let you gather more detailed plot summaries from other reviews, because that information has dimmed since I finished this book many months ago. What is clearer now is how I feel about the book in general and in retrospect.

I remember that it was an exceptionally dark, brooding, and strange book that suddenly became a horror story. I'd been prepared for a supernatural thriller, but not for a psychological horror story. That surprised me and disturbed me. I remember being very dissatisfied with the ending. It did not seem to fit together well with the rest of the book. The plotting seemed unbalanced. I thought I was reading a dark, realistic, strange suspense novel; then it morphed at the end into an unrealistic supernatural horror story. There should have been a smoother transition. In a nutshell, that is what bothered me.

I am pleased that I read the book. It took me into some very interesting dark and uncomfortable psychological territory, but it left me feeling like the trip was a bit of a fraud...like a lot was missing to tie the whole together better.
I have never before read any type of apocalyptic tale but by the end of the first chapter of Liz Jensen’s The Rapture, I was fascinated by the world of Gabrielle Fox and her deranged, prescient patient Bethany Krall. Jensen's gifts for language and dark humor provide the balm for her cutting insights into the darkest despair of the human condition; her characters crushing revelations are wrapped in the velvet of faith, devotion, and love. At the same time, Jensen gradually builds her plot, drawing the reader into a world that, at first, appears oddly similar to ours today but which quickly develops toward a catastrophic climax, made all the more horrific because it is, in theory, possible. This is a fantastic story of minds, bodies, and lands on the brink of total devastation.
You know how sometimes you are in the mood for something, but cannot place a name to it? Such was my craving for Liz Jensen's, THE RAPTURE. Over the past few weeks, I had started and stopped many excellent novels that simply did not compel me to continue reading, despite their qualities. I sought something... but what precisely?

And then, fortuitously, I happened upon a review of THE RAPTURE that struck an inchoate but resonant chord in me. Whereas I typically deliberate over my book purchases, this time I purchased and read the book immediately. And am very glad I did.

"That summer, the summer all the rules began to change, June seemed to last for a thousand years."


"The latest projections predict the loss of the Arctic ice cap and a global temperature rise of up to six degrees within Bethany's lifetime, unless drastic measures are taken now. I should be grateful to be childless. Just as the Cold War figures heavily in the fantasies of elderly mental patients, climate-apocalypse paranoia is common among the young. Zeitgeist stuff: the banality of abnormality."

I knew from the first sentence (first quote above) that I would enjoy the novel, so I tried valiantly but failed miserably to pace my reading to enjoy its many pleasures: its words, its sentences, its characters, its ideas, and its beauty and horror from sentence to sentence, page to page. The first 10 or 15 pages are showy-exciting for Jensen's auctorial style; the entire novel is exciting for her story and characters. WOW! Three sittings and 300 pages later, and I have discovered another author whose books I can order almost willy-nilly. And already have; a previously published novel by Liz arrived yesterday.

THE RAPTURE, which overflows with excellence, is for readers who enjoy novels with compelling and intelligent characters, who speak to each other intelligently, and whose decisions -- good and bad, right or wrong -- are made for organic and true reasons; who enjoy their reading to elicit a frisson of excitement, terror, erudition; and who seek page-turning readability. And more, much more.

Can you tell I liked THE RAPTURE? I did, very much.
Little Devil
An interesting heroine, capturing her anger and inability to accept her accident and being confined in a wheelchair. The plot built on a strong premise of impending disaster, with good tension dealing with the odd young girl and her visions. Ending maybe was not quite pulled off, but check it out!
This wound up not being the book I thought it was but I will read it anyway when I finish my Jerry Jenkins books!
Rapture download epub
ISBN: 0747597294
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Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC