Areyanna Recommends ARMAGEDDON

Eighth grader Areyanna Gardiner from Hillsboro, Oregon recommends. . .

Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind) by Tim LeHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Armageddon is the series of battles that end the war between good and evil that has been raging on since the beginning of time.  At the end of the last battle, Jesus is to return to earth and conquer that serpent of old (the devil, the enemy) and set up his millennial kingdom.  This book, Armageddon, describes the anxiety and anticipation on both sides of the battle.

The most intriguing aspect of this book is that it engages the reader in the lives and experiences of characters concurrently.  For example, throughout the book, it explains how each character feels about receiving manna from heaven every morning and evening.  Most of them are so blessed to be eating food that God himself directly provided.  It also shows how each member of the Tribulation Force mourns the death of Chloe Steele Williams.  As the book moves along, more characters are separated, reunited, and killed while the entire world surges towards its imminent end.

Another element which piqued my interest in Armageddon is that it is very descriptive.  This can be a bad experience for those who can’t handle blood and gore.  For example, towards the end of the book where it describes Rayford in Petra it says, “Rayford felt his temple smash into a sharp rock and was aware of what sounded like rushing water as he rolled toward the thorny overgrowth.”  If that was too much for you, I would suggest that you not read this book.

Additionally, the author has what I would describe to be an amazing ability to bring events which were prophesied in the Bible to life.  One illustration is when you read “I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet,” in the Bible, it sounds far-fetched and unimaginable.  The author represents it by describing it this way: “The Antichrist and the False Prophet leaned in from either side, resting their elbows on the table and looking into the eyes of the robotlike creatures.  Leon and Nicolae exhaled hideous, slimy, froglike beings-one from Leon and two from Nicolae-that leaped into the mouths of the three.”  The book paints a picture in your mind of things like this which make it more personal and realistic than just reading it from the Bible.  Please keep in mind that I am not implying that it replaces reading the Bible in any way.

I would only recommend this book for those who are not easily moved by descriptive occurrences of death and violence.  In my opinion, it is one of the best books I’ve ever read.  I strongly suggest that you read it too.  However, I do advise that you read Left Behind Collection: Boxed Set Volumes 1-5The Left Behind Series in its entirety starting with book one, considering that Armageddon is book eleven.  If you feel like you need a book that challenges and inspires your view of the end times, then this is the one for you!!!

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Several of Areyanna’s classmates have also allowed us to publish reviews of what they’re currently reading.  And for recommendations from kids of all ages, check out our Kids Recommend section.

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