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Some books are merely bad. Some are entertainingly bad. But the very worst are instructively bad. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days is even worse than that. Fred Clark has been learning from the relentless awfulness of this book for more than a decade and he invites you to join him on a journey through the horrors and hilarity of one of the worst books ever wri Some books are merely bad. Some are entertainingly bad. But the very worst are instructively bad. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days is even worse than that. Fred Clark has been learning from the relentless awfulness of this book for more than a decade and he invites you to join him on a journey through the horrors and hilarity of one of the worst books ever written.


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Some books are merely bad. Some are entertainingly bad. But the very worst are instructively bad. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days is even worse than that. Fred Clark has been learning from the relentless awfulness of this book for more than a decade and he invites you to join him on a journey through the horrors and hilarity of one of the worst books ever wri Some books are merely bad. Some are entertainingly bad. But the very worst are instructively bad. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days is even worse than that. Fred Clark has been learning from the relentless awfulness of this book for more than a decade and he invites you to join him on a journey through the horrors and hilarity of one of the worst books ever written.

30 review for The Anti-Christ Handbook: The Horror and Hilarity of Left Behind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eliana

    I read all the Left Behind books that were released when I was 12, up until before the final book in the original series, which judging from descriptions of the subsequent books was a good time to stop (if there ever really was a good place to start to begin with). At the time I was in the deep thralls of bad premillenialist theology, because a new Christian-only TV channel had just begun in New Zealand and it was importing all the questionable Hal Lindsay and Trinity Broadcast Network programmi I read all the Left Behind books that were released when I was 12, up until before the final book in the original series, which judging from descriptions of the subsequent books was a good time to stop (if there ever really was a good place to start to begin with). At the time I was in the deep thralls of bad premillenialist theology, because a new Christian-only TV channel had just begun in New Zealand and it was importing all the questionable Hal Lindsay and Trinity Broadcast Network programming. In hindsight it wasn't a very healthy influence. Reading this book has been truly cathartic. Written by a skeptical progressive Christian who knows bad theology, bad writing and bad ethics when he sees it, his deconstruction of this malignant book series is not only really concise but uproariously funny for the same reasons MST3K is. To anyone getting nostalgic for Left Behind despite the fact they left evangelical Christianity behind years ago (like me), I would recommend reading this instead of the actual books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    I mean, I read these on his blog, back when he first started blogging about them. But Fred's insights are just as entertaining and informative now as they were back then. I mean, I read these on his blog, back when he first started blogging about them. But Fred's insights are just as entertaining and informative now as they were back then.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A compelling deconstruction of Left Behind from a liberal Christian. Works on multiple levels: as a critique of bad writing, a bad plot, and ultimately the terrible ideas that underlie the series' predictions for the future. The heroes of Left Behind are utterly, utterly baffling. Why do they take jobs working for the anti-Christ? Why does NO ONE care that all of the world's children vanished? How does the world erupt into flames and no one notices? Fred Clark answers these questions and more, wi A compelling deconstruction of Left Behind from a liberal Christian. Works on multiple levels: as a critique of bad writing, a bad plot, and ultimately the terrible ideas that underlie the series' predictions for the future. The heroes of Left Behind are utterly, utterly baffling. Why do they take jobs working for the anti-Christ? Why does NO ONE care that all of the world's children vanished? How does the world erupt into flames and no one notices? Fred Clark answers these questions and more, with a good look along the way re: why Biblical literalism is so problematic. (in short: even if the Bible was the exact word of God, are humans really able to just flawlessly interpret it? Is that even possible if the Bible's books were written for specific times and occasions?)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Wood

    This is the compilation of Fred Clark's multi-year dissection of Left Behind. It manages to be a comprehensive critique of the writing (and plot, characters, setting, etc.) of the book, and a launching pad for discussion of the truly awful theology promoted by the book. It's also funnier than MST3K, and I love MST3K. This is the compilation of Fred Clark's multi-year dissection of Left Behind. It manages to be a comprehensive critique of the writing (and plot, characters, setting, etc.) of the book, and a launching pad for discussion of the truly awful theology promoted by the book. It's also funnier than MST3K, and I love MST3K.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tad Callin

    I will have to buy a copy of this for my mother, since she is the one who sent me the box of Left Behind books! Update: 1 copy on its way - just in time for me to take it home to give mom in person!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    Funny yet thoughtful takedown of LeHaye & Jenkins, premillenial dispensationalism and an unexpected writing primer. I hope Clark compiles more blog posts into e-book form. I'd rather give my book money to him than to L&J. Funny yet thoughtful takedown of LeHaye & Jenkins, premillenial dispensationalism and an unexpected writing primer. I hope Clark compiles more blog posts into e-book form. I'd rather give my book money to him than to L&J.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Don't do like Left Behind This searing analysis goes through Left Behind, analyzing its style, characterization, plot, and theology, finding no good in it. The authors of LB seem to think the Jews are up to something--always a bad sign. This is Part I. Part II is equally good. Don't do like Left Behind This searing analysis goes through Left Behind, analyzing its style, characterization, plot, and theology, finding no good in it. The authors of LB seem to think the Jews are up to something--always a bad sign. This is Part I. Part II is equally good.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashland

    Excellent This collection of blog posts turned book is so completely spot on. If you've read the Left Behind books, definitely pick this up. Excellent This collection of blog posts turned book is so completely spot on. If you've read the Left Behind books, definitely pick this up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    RK

    A great read! Ive been a big fan of Fred Clarks work on his blog, Slacktivist, and delighted to see it collected here. Reading reviews of horribly written books is educational and fun!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cayt Landis

    The Anti-Christ Handbook: The Horror and Hilarity of Left Behind by Fred Clark started as a blog. When Clark had finished writing about the Left Behind book series and found that his opinions were a pretty popular read, he decided to publish his blog posts as this book. In The Anti-Christ Handbook, Clark reads and discusses all of the problematic portions of the uber-popular Left Behind book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. He goes over all of the things that are the downfall of certai The Anti-Christ Handbook: The Horror and Hilarity of Left Behind by Fred Clark started as a blog. When Clark had finished writing about the Left Behind book series and found that his opinions were a pretty popular read, he decided to publish his blog posts as this book. In The Anti-Christ Handbook, Clark reads and discusses all of the problematic portions of the uber-popular Left Behind book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. He goes over all of the things that are the downfall of certain schools of Evangelical Christianity. The Good I received the first Left Behind book from a roommate when I was in college. I tried to read it once but I couldn't make it much past the first chapter. I did not enjoy the theme of the book and I really couldn't get into the writing style. Nonetheless, I always wondered what the big deal about these books was. I know the series is super popular with a lot of people and they have been adopted into multiple movies. This book allowed me to get the overall gistĀ of the book without having to spend the time slogging through it. The most important factor of The Anti-Christ Handbook, to me, is that Fred Clark is himself a Christian and even an Evangelical Christian. This means that he is not out to get Christianity and he understands the point of view of Christians as a whole. He has a solid background in the church and understands the ins and outs of the Bible far more than I do. I feel like his honest opinion on this book is very well balanced and based in his own faith. This book is very anit-Left Behind. Clark presents that series as a very flawed work that essentially serves two purposes: to scare people into being saved and to make those already saved feel good about themselves. Since Clark comes from the same background as the authors of Left Behind, I don't feel like he is poking fun or being negative because he hates religion. He is being honest and comes from a good place. I enjoyed this book because it essentially went line by line through the Left Behind series and pointed out the issues with the writing as well as the fundamental failings when it comes to representing Christianity to readers. He points out the inconsistencies within the story as well as in the morality and religious tale that it is telling. For someone who doesn't have a lot of background in Christianity beyond the basics, this helped me get a better idea of the popularity and problems behind this series. Clark shows how flawed the book is and also how flawed that brand of Evangelical Christianity can be. The Bad Unfortunately, I felt like this book was a bit lacking towards the end. The book covers Left Behind really well, hitting on every piece of it and giving a lot of background information. However, by the end of the book, I feel like we've only made it halfway through Left Behind. The book ends as if the author got tired of reading and writing about it. I felt like I was left hanging in the middle of the Left Behind book and I almost wanted to pick it up to see what happens, even though I'm pretty sure I would not enjoy it. It would have been a much more successful book if it had continued on with analyzing the story instead of just cutting off midway. The Verdict If you have an interest in understanding the phenomenon that is the Left Behind series or if you're a fan of the books and wonder what the big deal could be, I recommend you check out this book. If you're not looking for an in-depth analysis of Left Behind, then skip it. Visit Vicarious Caytastrophe for this review and many more!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Schmitz

    I've been reading Fred Clark's Left Behind reviews for ages. They're excellent. If you enjoy dry snark, theological debate that's accessible to the average reader, and skewering of the World's Worst Books, you should pick this one up. I've been reading Fred Clark's Left Behind reviews for ages. They're excellent. If you enjoy dry snark, theological debate that's accessible to the average reader, and skewering of the World's Worst Books, you should pick this one up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alison Hardtmann

    Fred Clark is a popular blogger, whose posts about religion and culture can be found online under The Slacktivist, but his main claim to fame is his systematic analysis of Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye's bestselling series of rapture fiction. While the authors of the Left Behind series have admitted that each book takes about 28 days to plan, write and edit, Clark has been writing about these books for a decade, and is nowhere close to finishing. In The Anti-Christ Handbook: The Horror and Hil Fred Clark is a popular blogger, whose posts about religion and culture can be found online under The Slacktivist, but his main claim to fame is his systematic analysis of Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye's bestselling series of rapture fiction. While the authors of the Left Behind series have admitted that each book takes about 28 days to plan, write and edit, Clark has been writing about these books for a decade, and is nowhere close to finishing. In The Anti-Christ Handbook: The Horror and Hilarity of Left Behind, he has published his explanation of the first 200 pages of Left Behind, detailing why the book is both bad theology and bad literature. It's a class in eschatology and a writing workshop, simultaneously taught by a professor with a sense of humor. Whether you've read the books, or just seen them in plentiful stacks in every used bookstore, this is a valuable guide to their flaws and why it matters that the authors got so much so very wrong.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David

    Devastating and funny theological takedown Fred Clark's exhaustive blow by blow account of Left Behind spares nothing: not the bad writing, the weird continuity lapses, and definitely not the horrible things LaHaye and Co reveal about themselves and their unfortunate religious beliefs. You don't need to be a fan of, or even to have read, the original novel to appreciate this. The real joy comes in hearing a smart, funny guy make humane sense. Definitely buying the next one. Devastating and funny theological takedown Fred Clark's exhaustive blow by blow account of Left Behind spares nothing: not the bad writing, the weird continuity lapses, and definitely not the horrible things LaHaye and Co reveal about themselves and their unfortunate religious beliefs. You don't need to be a fan of, or even to have read, the original novel to appreciate this. The real joy comes in hearing a smart, funny guy make humane sense. Definitely buying the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Schweighsr

    I loved this book so much that I am now a regular visitor to the author's blog. I can not recommend this book highly enough. I loved this book so much that I am now a regular visitor to the author's blog. I can not recommend this book highly enough.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Greg Chatham

  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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