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The Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession

por Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

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Series: Left Behind (7)

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The members of the Tribulation Force face their most dangerous challenges. Following the assassination of the Antichrist, some are murder suspects; others test the precarious line between subversion and being revealed. All over the news, reporters announce that Rayford Steele is Nicolae Carpathia's assassin, but Buck soon learns the truth. The world mourns the loss of a world leader until events at Nicolae's funeral bring all mourning to an end. A repackage of the seventh book in the New York Timesbest-selling Left Behind series.… (más)
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The Indwelling, book number seven in the best-selling Left Behind series, marks the beginning of the second half of the seven year Tribulation period. The question of who killed Nicolae at the end of book number six, Assassins, will be answered. Readers will experience the horrors of God's judgment and the hope of salvation as they follow Rayford, Buck, Chloe, and the rest of the Tribulation Force in heart-stopping action. ( )
  Gmomaj | Jul 12, 2020 |
christian fiction
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Great! ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
Seventh in the 'Left Behind' series. Quite exciting and readable, although the plot moves extremely slowly. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I read this installment of the blockbuster end-o'-the-world series courtesy of a BookCrossing release. The "Left Behind" series is such a phenomenon that it seems worthwhile to engage with the books and try to understand their popularity.

This is the seventh book in the series. It appeared in 2000, only months ahead of the eighth book. In the end there were sixteen volumes, the last published in 2007. The series recounts a series of adventures set in the End Times as described in the Book of Revelation and interpreted through a fundamentalist, dispensationalist lens.

I hesitate to call the book an example of Christian literature. Take the following episode, for example. Our hero has stolen a plane by deceiving an airport employee named Wyatt. As the hero makes his escape, leaving Wyatt to take the consequences, his thoughts turn to the wisdom of his Israeli mentor, Tsion. (The name Tsion is a respelling of Zion, and the character is essentially an embodiment of Zionism seen as a sacred ideology.)

Tsion has thought about the moral problem of the slaughter of thousands of millions of people during the “tribulation times.” How is this consistent with God's justice? "Tsion taught," we are informed, "that part of the population decimation might be God's way of removing his most incorrigible enemies in anticipation of the coming battle."

Hmm, sounds logical. We wouldn't want the omnipotent deity to find that his hands were full dealing with too many enemies in the final battle.

Our hero's ruminations continue. "Wyatt was living proof that the inept had survived." What a fine Christian sentiment. It did occur to me that our hero might ought to study on Matthew, chapter 5, verse 22; but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

But maybe the Lord makes exceptions for His favorite action heroes.

I have to say, I love the archvillain's name, "Nicolae Carpathia." The authors must have heard of Nicolae Ceausescu, the late Romanian dictator. Then they coupled his first name with a geographic region. I've tried to imagine what a Romanian writer of similar abilities might regard as a plausible-sounding name for an American villain. John F. Appalachia, maybe?

As for the secret of these books' appeal, I guess there may be two factors.

First, the "Left Behind" books may offer a sense of vicarious relief to readers who feel like losers in the American class system. (We are supposed to be a classless society — a claim that does nothing to console people who find themselves at the bottom of the pyramid. That's especially true for lower-class whites who hold an antiquated sense of racial privilege. Unable to rise by their own efforts, but contemptuous of any kind of public assistance, they nurse a grievance that their birthright has been stolen by unworthy non-whites and their secular, liberal allies. Christianity provides no succor to these views, but judgmental churchgoing often does. The two are easily and frequently confused.)

The "Left Behind" protagonists, who act in concert as a secret "Tribulation Force," are regularly shown getting the best of people who are supposed to be their social or intellectual "betters" — i.e., winners in the class system. What's more, in the context of the book, these "betters" are plainly and unmistakably evil. The "Left Behind" timeline offers the reassurance that eventually all those know-it-alls will suffer eternally, while "folks like me" will enjoy the gift of new skills and confidence from God Almighty. Thus these books can provide temporary escape from a workaday world that leaves one feeling confused, inadequate, and full of a rage that can never be safely expressed. And because the books have a Christian veneer, these ventures into pulp-fiction escapism can be justified as a type of self-improvement.

Then there is the second factor: "Left Behind" books give the reader permission to hate. Even better: to hate, and to feel like a godly person at the same time. In these books, Christianity is reconceived as a great holy plot for destroying enemies without mercy.

You call that Christian? I call it something much worse: hypocrisy, organized hatred, and Christian-scented hucksterism. ( )
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Tim LaHayeautor principaltodas las edicionescalculado
Jenkins, Jerry B.autor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
Ferrone, RichardNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Muller, FrankNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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From Assassins


Buck had ducked under a scaffold at the sound of the gun.
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The members of the Tribulation Force face their most dangerous challenges. Following the assassination of the Antichrist, some are murder suspects; others test the precarious line between subversion and being revealed. All over the news, reporters announce that Rayford Steele is Nicolae Carpathia's assassin, but Buck soon learns the truth. The world mourns the loss of a world leader until events at Nicolae's funeral bring all mourning to an end. A repackage of the seventh book in the New York Timesbest-selling Left Behind series.

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