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This is not a typical read for me but I wanted to try something new and unfortunately, it fell short The storyline and characters did not captivate me nor keep my interest I thought it would be like reading the Left Behind series but this seemed like I was in sunday school. The Time of Jacob s Trouble by Donna VanLiere.I received this ARC in return for an honest review If you are a fan of the Left Behind series, you will love this book It is nonstop, edge of your seat, can t put it down action from the beginning I was not disappointed It begins with Emma, a physical therapist, trying to get everyone in her apartment building to go to the basement There is an attack on the city and everyone needs to get to safety The author then jumps back to one week earlier This is where the story begins There are three main characters in this book Emma, Brandon, and Elliot Their stories point of view are told throughout the book The characters eventually merge into a group, along with other survivors The theme of the book is the Rapture and what comes after, such as war, famine, and violence This band of survivors those not take with the Rapture find the Truth and try to save others physically, mentally, and spiritually The true jewel of this book is that there are options throughout to read the biblical facts behind the story in that chapter or to continue on with the story Should one choose to continue with the story, there is a whole section in the back of the book that gives biblical reference to each chapter While the fictional book itself is an amazing read, knowing the facts behind it are extremely important I highly recommend this gem and will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. The story about those left behind after the rapture isn t new and it s not even remarkably gripping Their conversions are sudden and they re running through the whole bible within a few days There s a lot of telling instead of showing.It is obvious that the purpose of this book isn t to tell a gripping story with psychological depth, but to illustrate biblical prophecy.The appendix is as long as this first part of a trilogy I m not really looking forward to the other two parts. I thoroughy enjoyed The Time of Jacob s Trouble by Donna VanLiere Ms VanLiere has written an excellent novel which deals with fictional characters at the time of The Rapture, foretold in scripture as the time when Jesus returns to call his believers to Heaven prior to Armageddon In addition to the novel we are given Where in The Word which helps those who are not Biblical scholars to ascertain where they can find in scripture the prophecy dealing with the various aspects of the story.I am a committed Christian and had no trouble following what was going on and why but, having Where in The Word literally to hand when reading the novel, makes this end times thriller a must both for Christians and for those interested in learning about Christianity Ms VanLiere s writing style is such that the novel will be equally acceptable to those without faith who will enjoy the book as a thriller.First in a series and recommended. `Download Book ⇫ The Time of Jacobs Trouble ↞ A Typical Day At Work Turns Into A Nightmare For Emma Grady When Her Favorite Patient And Several Colleagues Vanish In Front Of Her Fear Turns To Chaos As Emma Begins The Frantic Race From Brooklyn To Queens, Anxious To Discover If Her Boyfriend Is Safe Subways Are Closed, Graves Are Open, And Countless People Have Inexplicably Disappeared Mayhem Erupts As Terror Grips The Residents Of New York City What Could Make So Many Vanish In A Moment And Not Just In New York, But All Over The Globe Emma Wonders If This Is The Predicted End Of The World And Begins A Desperate Search For Answers This Page Turning Story Will Take You On A Riveting Journey From New York City To Israel, And In The Final Chapters, Donna Turns To The Pages Of The Bible, Where You Ll Learn That God Has Made Known To Us The End From The Beginning, And That Things Aren T Spiraling Downward But Are Actually Looking Up The Bestselling Author Of The Christmas Shoes Now Explores A Future World Facing Its Final Days In The Time Of Jacob S Trouble, Weaving End Times Prophecies Into The Lives Of Emma And Her Friends As They Struggle To Survive And Come Face To Face With The Chilling Truth About The Disappearances