3 out of 4 stars
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For those questioning world events after the biblical rapture occurs, Rev Robert Lee Baldwin Jr. provides relevant answers and direction in his guide, The Rapture, Now What? While some readers may be familiar with similar events in the fictional Left Behind series, Baldwin examines the biblical account from a non-fiction perspective. Throughout the book, Baldwin forewarns readers regarding the upcoming disappearance of millions of people, noting that the one thing that those who are raptured will have in common: their belief and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He passionately urges readers to accept Christ and to research the scriptures while offering guidance for the coming tribulation.
Baldwin states that his purpose in writing this 100-page book is to aid those who are left behind and "...lay it all out on the table for them to know and realize what has happened and what will happen over the course of the next seven years." True to his goal, Baldwin refers to scriptures to establish a timeline of events, including those preceding the rapture. Although the topic of the rapture and its timing is controversial even among Christians, this type of explanatory book seems like a viable resource for those who are seeking answers. As a Christian myself, I can see its value for both believers and non-believers.
I have noticed that just as readers prefer certain genres over others, Christians tend to differ in their approach to reading the Bible. Some readers find comfort in reading Jesus's words and applying them to daily life while others enjoy analyzing and interpreting different portions of scriptures. Since I do not fall into the latter category, I especially appreciate Baldwin's efforts to simplify the foreshadowing of biblical events. His writing is straightforward and easy to understand as he explains events from the book of Revelation, including the "sevens": seals, trumpets, vials, and dooms.
On the other hand, I am not a fan of repetitious content. Baldwin provides an overview of the tribulation in the third chapter and then takes a deeper look at the same events in subsequent chapters. In all fairness, many Bible studies follow a similar format, and likely, some readers may enjoy this approach. However, I prefer to contemplate what I read rather than rereading similar content.
Although the book has an organized and professional appearance, it needs another round of editing. The number of grammatical errors throughout the book necessitates the deduction of a star. Overall, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend the book to Christian readers who want to share the book with loved ones. It will also appeal to anyone interested in learning more about the rapture and the tribulation. However, I would not recommend the book to those who dislike reading scriptures.
The Rapture, Now What?
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