The Vanishings, Left Behind: The Kids #1
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Based on the Left Behind series, Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye present the Rapture and Tribulation through the eyes of four young friends--Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and Ryan. As the world falls in around them, they band together to find faith and fight the evil forces that threaten their lives. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Number of Pages: 100
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 7 X 4.18 X .37 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Left Behind Kids
Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InterestingAugust 20, 2014Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In a moment, millions of people vanish without a trace. Four teenagers left behind when their families disappear struggle for answers as they try to make sense of what happened. I thought this was an interesting young adult novel about the rapture and what could possibly happen when the event occurs.
VivianBirmingham, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Vanishings, Left Behind: The Kids #1August 12, 2014VivianBirmingham, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I read "Vanishing" by Jerry Jenkins and Tim Lahaye. It is the version of "Left Behind" for teens. I have a "tween" I wanted to review the book for to see if I thought it would be understandable reading about the end time events. The story is about the rapture taking place and those who are and are not ready. This version focuses on teenagers and their various reactions to the Gospel. The authors gave realistic portrayals of teenagers in the throes of peer pressure and family pressures as they make decisions about their faith. Some are totally rebellious about having any part of church. Others go along with their families for awhile and then go their own way. Then there are those who are really saved and then try to witness to their friends. The relationships between parents and teens are very true to life. When the rapture occurs those teens who did not choose to accept Jesus and be saved were devastated when parents and friends vanished without a trace and the world became a place filled with death and destruction. Life as they knew it would never be the same. However, it was not long before they remembered what they had been told about Jesus' return and, too late, they realized they had refuted the truth. The lives of 4 teens are singled out to follow as they each make their way to a church to join others who were "left behind." They are now open to the truth they once rejected. Very believable situations were written out for the lives of the teens in the story. I like the way the message of the beginning of end time destruction was presented for the younger generation. It could make a difference in the life of an unbelieving teen.
HomeSchool Mom of 4The Hot Dry DesertAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 22, 2014HomeSchool Mom of 4The Hot Dry DesertAge: 25-34Gender: femaleGreat book! I've read the actual Left Behind series and wanted to preview this series for my kids before having them read it. The book recommendation is for ages 10-14, however, I really feel the recommendation should be for 13 and up. Some more mature issues are dealt with in the book that my 10 year olds wouldn't be ready for--drugs, alcohol, running away, stealing, etc. I really liked that four very different kids are featured in the book--3 boys and a girl (a liar, a skeptic, etc.) The story flowed quickly, the plot was great, and the gospel message is clear. Definitely recommend for the teenager in your life!
elinsmomAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5July 15, 2014elinsmomAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI thought this got off to a slow start. My kids loved it though. They devoured the whole series. I would recommend it for teens, not young kids.
SamanthaAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Amazing JourneyJuly 14, 2014SamanthaAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Left Behind is the bestselling series of 16 books by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye dealing with the end times, the Rapture, tribulation. What few do not know is there is also a series for teens and preteens, "The Kids" version. (I would not recommend this series for kids under 10, simply due to the intense nature of the series. There is nothing offensive, except obviously very-real violence.) This series of 40 books deal with exactly what the adult series did, except from the point of view of teenagers. Each book is about 150 pages, and each ending flows right into the next book with non-stop action.
Judd Thompson Jr. - The Runaway. Typical 16 year-old Judd is sick and tired of everything his mom asks him to do. The simplest tasks will set off a debate. After a credit card company mistakenly puts Judd Jr's name on Judd Sr.'s (Judd's father) credit card, Judd realizes he can spend thousands of dollars on this little card. Angry at his parents for bossing him around and for making him go to church, Judd runs away - both from his family, and symbolically, Jesus. As a child, he had never actually accepted Christ into his heart, but he had memorized tons of verses and stories. By himself on a plane to London (with Hattie and Rayford Steele from the adult Left Behind series), he begins smirking about how grown up he is and how "this will show them."
Vicki Byrne - The Rebel. 14 year old redhead Vicki was the rocker type - short clothes, leather, jewelry and heavy makeup, tough. Growing up in a trailer park, followed by the constant "trailer trash" stereotype - Vicki felt the need to be rough and tough. Two years ago, her party-parents had a drastic change in their lives - they accepted Christ - and she wanted nothing to do with it.
Lionel Washington - The Liar. 13 year old African-American Lionel is growing up in a rich part of town, causing ridicule from his cousins who claim he's "rich" and "white" now. Lionel loves his parents, but he, and his uncle, have a secret; despite the family church history, he and his uncle are not Christians. Lionel is in no way proud of his secret, and unlike Judd, feels horribly guilty.
Ryan Daley - The Skeptic. Best friend of Raymie Steele, 12 year old Ryan was my favorite character of Left Behind: The Kids series. (until Conrad came into view around book 12) He is the only one who had never grown up in a Christian household.
Then the Rapture happens. Reading the Rapture, specifically from the view of Judd, gives me chills. I could not imagine something so horrific as realizing you've been left behind - especially if you grew up in a strong Christian household, and every single person close to you was raptured. Judd, Vicki, and Lionel's whole family (and most of their friends) were raptured. Ryan's parents both die in the midst of the chaos.
There is really nothing more to this book than their pre-rapture lives, the Rapture, and the immediate aftermath, most of the action starts in future novels. Being a short book, I would HIGHLY recommend buying/loaning at least 5 books of the series at once.
The writing is nothing really unique (throughout the whole series), even a little too bland and simple, but I didn't really mind this. Background plots (and characters) are from the adult Left Behind series, so it would be interesting for an adult and teen to read them simultaneously. (For a list of synopsis and their adult-book pairings, see the Left Behind website.)
I read all the books up until about 35-ish. My library didn't have 2 of the books, and this isn't really a series where you want to skip a book, although each book does catch you up with what previously happened. When I finally figured out how to transfer books, months had passed and my memory was fuzzy exactly which book I last read. Now, rereading The Vanishings makes me want to reread the series again and see how it ends! But, I won't be able to reread the series without reading the whole series again...so...
Warning: You will not be able to put them down.
ALSO: A remake of the adult Left Behind movies is coming out this year!
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