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“A moving, fast-paced account of the end times.”–Publisher's Weekly 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 “A moving, fast-paced account of the end times.”–Publisher's Weekly 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.    


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“A moving, fast-paced account of the end times.”–Publisher's Weekly 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 “A moving, fast-paced account of the end times.”–Publisher's Weekly 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.    

30 review for The Time of Jacob's Trouble

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alyssia Cooke

    Let me brutally honest here; this is not a novel. It is a biblical exploration of the end of times with an exceptionally weak narrative to try to pull it together. The characters are two dimensional cut outs, the events are implausible at best even taking into account the revelations of Scripture, the reactions of everybody cut and dried in a ridiculously black and white fashion. Essentially what VanLiere has done is take paragraphs from the Bible and construct a thin tale around them supposedly Let me brutally honest here; this is not a novel. It is a biblical exploration of the end of times with an exceptionally weak narrative to try to pull it together. The characters are two dimensional cut outs, the events are implausible at best even taking into account the revelations of Scripture, the reactions of everybody cut and dried in a ridiculously black and white fashion. Essentially what VanLiere has done is take paragraphs from the Bible and construct a thin tale around them supposedly depicting the second coming of the Lord. If there was more meat on the bones than repetitive Scripture hurled at you in paragraphs constantly throughout the novel, it would be have more chance of standing up to scrutiny, but it doesn't. You follow three main characters; Emma, Elliott and Zerah and the first problem of many is that they are all essentially the same character, they all have the same thoughts and concerns and they all do more or less the same thing. It doesn't help that none of them are fleshed out in detail. All of them have difficulty initially understanding what is going on, but all become Bible fanatics within a remarkably short time and are willing and able to extol about the second coming at great length to anyone who will listen and quite a few who won't. The relationships across the novel are all made of the same thin cardboard, whether it is a relationship with family, friends or a partner. All of them have the other side of the relationship not believing for one reason or another and all of them are guilty of being so aggressive in their beliefs that they successfully push the people they should care for most away from them. But of course it isn't seen this way because they are the good guys and those who don't believe are the bad ones. Never is this more openly seen than when Elliott opens his mouth on street corners or in a church or well, in any variety of different places to preach the same thing every single time. He is protected by the strength of Jesus and yet as soon as he starts to preach other people get mindlessly angry, start attacking him, charging him, even shooting at him. There is no rationale behind this other than the blatant message that if you don't believe fully and completely you must be ridiculously aggressive and have an immediate impulse to shout, scream, rage and strike out at those who are. That is not how most people are, it is not how most people behave and yet the author is completely incapable of depicting individuals on a gradation of greys, instead insisting on hammering her point home in absolutes and no in betweens. Humanity is a wonderful mess of various shades of grey, with very few people being all of one or the other and that is not shown here at all. It makes for a poor set of characters to go along with the thin as hell narrative. It caricatures everything, making it a mockery of the very points it is trying so hard to express. It also doesn't help that there are virtually no cultural references here; part of the novel is apparently set in Israel, but if not for the fact that you are told you are in Israel you could be forgiven for thinking you were still in New York City. It's all bland and vague, with nothing that leaps of the page at you. This is true for the general writing style as well; there is a whole lot of tell rather than show. You are informed that someone is feeling an emotion, but there is nothing in their behaviour to back that up, except of course for the all too frequent occasions when non-Christians go mental and start screaming and shouting for absolutely no reason. When combined with the repetitive nature of the text - you are told again and again that characters are reading the Bible, the same Biblical passages are explored by every character and often multiple times, the same basic dialogue happens again and again and again - it makes for a really poor experience that is utterly marred by its two dimensional nature. And then 35% percent of the book is an actual look at Scripture. VanLiere just cuts off the admittedly weak narrative without even attempting to offer any form of resolution and you are chucked into a Bible class, one that has been referenced many times throughout the novel at the end of chapters or sections: Want to know more about the scripture? Go to page __ 'Where In The Word' for further details. So, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the free ARC copy but I promised an honest review and here it is. As a Christian and an avid reader, all I can say is that this is beyond poor. The story is weak as hell, the characters are cardboard cut-outs, there is so much repetition it is ridiculous and you find every other page interrupted by a biblical passage.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy this book as it was too scriptured for me. If you are very religious you will probably really enjoy this book. I found the characters very cardboard like and I just couldnt take to them or the story sadly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I must be completely honest here. I did not care for this book at all. It didn’t even read like a novel. The characters seemed like paper dolls with no real life. And 36% of the book was VanLiere’s notes and scripture that went nowhere. I have always enjoyed her books but this was absolutely nothing like her previous work. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sue Frances

    I enjoyed reading this book. I found parts of it quite sad. Looking for loved ones and trying to get in touch during a major catastrophe is heartbreaking. Though this book is essentially about Jesus and The Rapture I think it's also a good mystery book. Whether you have Faith or not it's a very good story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I noticed a lot reviewers didn’t care for this book but I am the exception. I did like it and am interested in seeing how these future books play out. It does make you think . Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Tsipouras

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Viki Ferrell

    Emma Grady is with a patient in her Physical Therapy office in New York when her patient suddenly vanishes before her. Elliott Hirsch, a Jewish young man in New York, is in a cemetery attending a funeral when he hears a loud explosion and witnesses graves open and urns overturn, all empty of their contents. Dr. Zerah Adler, a research physician in Jerusalem, Israel, is on his way to a meeting with a colleague when she disappears from behind him. The world is thrown into chaos as millions of peop Emma Grady is with a patient in her Physical Therapy office in New York when her patient suddenly vanishes before her. Elliott Hirsch, a Jewish young man in New York, is in a cemetery attending a funeral when he hears a loud explosion and witnesses graves open and urns overturn, all empty of their contents. Dr. Zerah Adler, a research physician in Jerusalem, Israel, is on his way to a meeting with a colleague when she disappears from behind him. The world is thrown into chaos as millions of people vanish. Pandemonium prevails in the streets of every nation, and anarchy is rampant. Several theories abound as to what is happening: entomological warfare, a virus or bacteria has consumed these people, alien abductions and more. The military in many countries is debilitated, including the United States, stock markets crash across the globe; there is chaos and looting everywhere. And middle eastern countries begin firing on Israel in an effort to destroy the country. Emma, Elliott and Zerah all had good friends who are gone. But those friends left impressions on these young people, so they each search for a Bible and seek out the scriptures. They all come to the same conclusion … Jesus has snatched away his true believers from the earth. They each begin to make their way through this new world of uncertainty and give their lives to the Lord in the process. Will they make it through the next day, the next week or the next year? What will life be like for them in a world now filled with hate and disbelief? Will they see the pages of the scriptures they now hold so dear unfold before their very eyes? Donna VanLiere brings us a riveting fictional account in THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE of an event recorded in the Bible. Although this event is not referred to as The Rapture in the scriptures, this is the beginning of the end times of the earth as we know it. Ms. VanLiere’s characters are very realistic and each deal with what has happened in their own way. The story line toggles back and forth from New York to Israel chronicling the lives of the three main characters and describing what is occurring in both countries. It was hard to put this book down, but I was delighted to learn that this is just the first of a series of three novels Ms. VanLiere will write on the topic of Bible prophecy and end times. At the end of the book, she devotes several pages to “Where in the Word?”, giving facts about Bible prophecy, discussing questions and misunderstandings about end times and sighting scripture to back up her fictional story. I can’t wait to read the next installment!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline McDougall

    It was all but unputdownable. Only the circumstances of life enabled me to set it aside, and I finished it just an hour or so ago. Not knowing the book’s format until completing chapter 4, I hadn’t realized the book was 2/3 fiction and 1/3 Bible teaching by a learned scholar of Biblical prophecy. The novel is a fictional portrayal of a group of people who have “lived” through the rapture of the church and the immediate breakdown of the society they had previously known. America’s larger cities ar It was all but unputdownable. Only the circumstances of life enabled me to set it aside, and I finished it just an hour or so ago. Not knowing the book’s format until completing chapter 4, I hadn’t realized the book was 2/3 fiction and 1/3 Bible teaching by a learned scholar of Biblical prophecy. The novel is a fictional portrayal of a group of people who have “lived” through the rapture of the church and the immediate breakdown of the society they had previously known. America’s larger cities are decimated. Two of the principal characters live in NYC, and the book follows them as they struggle to survive and acclimate to their “new normal”. One of these New Yorkers is a young Jewish man who adheres strictly to the faith of his family. He is at a funeral when he witnesses graves bursting open. Shortly thereafter he is visited by Jesus in manner similar to Jesus visiting Paul on the road to Damascus. He becomes a Messianic Jew and learns he is one of the 144,000 witnesses spoken of in Revelation 7:4-8. Another of these 144,000 witnesses is living in Israel. He also is a young devout Jewish man who comes to saving faith through the words of a man on the street whom no one but he can see. For me, this was the perfect time to read such a novel. One of the principal characters is searching through a raptured friend’s house to find supplies for herself and other post-rapture believers, most of whom are children. As she did so, I found myself asking her “Why are you touching everything? Aren’t you worried about catching it?” There is no virus in the book, only violence and depravity since, as the author explains, what (2 Thessalonians 2:6) was holding back the entrance of the antichrist – the raptured believers (or the church) – is gone, leaving behind those who follow their own badly skewed moral code. Although the book is not advertised as a Bible study, I feel benefit would be derived by going back and looking at the scriptures (there are many) the author references both in the novel and in the Biblical explanations in the back of the book. Isn’t that the mark of a truly exceptional book – that it entices the reader to search the scriptures for herself? This is a fantastic book! Unfortunately, the publication date is 2020, and the second installment isn’t to be released until 2021. I will be waiting. The rest of you, be sure and check out this well-written and -researched and timely book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    It is to be noted that there are two parts to this book, a novel, and a study guide. PART I - The Novel In the spirit of the Left Behind series and with a touch of Joel C. Rosenberg, The Time of Jacob's Trouble is a story of upheaval and confusion, with millions missing and a world on the brink of war this book could have had the potential of being something great. There were some elements of hope, but in the end, it felt like the story had been rushed and it fell flat. Told in multiple points of It is to be noted that there are two parts to this book, a novel, and a study guide. PART I - The Novel In the spirit of the Left Behind series and with a touch of Joel C. Rosenberg, The Time of Jacob's Trouble is a story of upheaval and confusion, with millions missing and a world on the brink of war this book could have had the potential of being something great. There were some elements of hope, but in the end, it felt like the story had been rushed and it fell flat. Told in multiple points of view, the story skips back and forth between the main characters, countries and the political rhetoric of the pending singular world government. I found this to be confusing as one minute you were reading about a character in New York and the next you were in Israel or a political forum in Europe (or where ever it was). I tried to like this book, but . . . I'm left with the feeling that it had been done before. The plot was weak, the characters lacked development and the abrupt ending of the novel portion of the book left me frustrated. PART II - The Study Guide The second portion of The Time of Jacob's Trouble is an in-depth study of the Biblical book of Revelation that the story is based upon. I recommend having a Bible handy as you read through this portion of the book as it is heavy with information and verses that you will want to take the time to read for yourself. I found this portion of the book to be well thought out and well researched. Final Thoughts: If the author had put as much effort into character and plot development for the novel portion of this book as she did for the study portion, it would have been a good book to pick up. The Time of Jacob's Trouble was a disappointing read for me and I think it would have been better to have been either two separate books - or for the study guide to be a singular book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin Willson

    Set in New York and Israel at the time of the Rapture, seen from the eyes of a few different people who were not taken. There is much confusion as people try to sort out what has happened. One of the characters is in a cemetery and sees the graves around him burst open, the person being buried disappears. Others have people they know, including some family, disappear. These people had tried to give them the message that Jesus would be coming, but they didn't believe. Now they can see they were b Set in New York and Israel at the time of the Rapture, seen from the eyes of a few different people who were not taken. There is much confusion as people try to sort out what has happened. One of the characters is in a cemetery and sees the graves around him burst open, the person being buried disappears. Others have people they know, including some family, disappear. These people had tried to give them the message that Jesus would be coming, but they didn't believe. Now they can see they were being told the truth. Two of the men are Jews and are visited by witnesses and told they are chosen as part of the 144,000 messianic Jews. Interesting story that is excellent at showing prophesy. I ate this right up, greatly looking forward to picking it up again each time. The story is a quick read, the rest of the book is very detailed information with scripture that explains how the Bible tells the prophecy in Revelations and many other passages. A fabulous manual for now and for those who will be left behind. I'm ready! Keep looking up, the time is close. It could happen at any time! Donna shows how many of today's world events fit right into the end times prophecies. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #TheTimeOfJacobsTrouble #NetGalley

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to win a copy of Donna VanLiere's newest story, The Time of Jacob's Trouble. Readers follow the lives of Emma, Elliott, and Zerah as they face the bewildering disappearance of family members, friends, and coworkers during what they come to learn was the "snatching away" of believers from earth. Emma's mom disappeared in the commotion, so she seeks answers and is drawn to the belief that Christ snatched believers to Himself, much to Emma's Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to win a copy of Donna VanLiere's newest story, The Time of Jacob's Trouble. Readers follow the lives of Emma, Elliott, and Zerah as they face the bewildering disappearance of family members, friends, and coworkers during what they come to learn was the "snatching away" of believers from earth. Emma's mom disappeared in the commotion, so she seeks answers and is drawn to the belief that Christ snatched believers to Himself, much to Emma's boyfriend Matt's dismay. Matt is further frustrated with her need to care for others who have been left alone. Elliott, a young Jew who witnessed graves being emptied in a cemetery, sees God and learns he has an important role in delivering the truth to the lost. Zerah is an Israeli doctor whose call to serve in the military is derailed by God's different plan for his life. Each character experiences the event and reacts to it differently, but all three are led to God's truth and become part of His plan during these end times. I struggled with the disjointed turning to back of the book to read about the Biblical prophecy behind the story. I enjoyed reading both, but it wasn't enjoyable to read them at the same time. VanLiere certainly provided a fictional entrance into the Biblical discussions that I'd guess were her priority. The chaos and uncertainty right now with COVID-19 makes this a particularly interesting read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    The Time of Jacob's Trouble by Donna VanLiere is a story of the earth in the end times. When millions of people suddenly vanish, the ones left behind are afraid, confused, and unsure of what happens next. The story focuses on three people: Emma, Elliot, and Zerah. Emma is a physical therapist working with a patient who vanishes under her touch. Elliot is a Jew standing in a cemetery when the graves erupt. Zerah lives in Israel, where he researches disease. Each of them will discover that Jesus i The Time of Jacob's Trouble by Donna VanLiere is a story of the earth in the end times. When millions of people suddenly vanish, the ones left behind are afraid, confused, and unsure of what happens next. The story focuses on three people: Emma, Elliot, and Zerah. Emma is a physical therapist working with a patient who vanishes under her touch. Elliot is a Jew standing in a cemetery when the graves erupt. Zerah lives in Israel, where he researches disease. Each of them will discover that Jesus is the answer, that He has taken His children home with Him. How this affects their lives will remain with them always. I enjoyed this book. It is very scary to think about those who will be left behind when Jesus does return. I was encouraged by the characters in the book also, how they didn't stop looking for answers. At the end of the book were several chapters about the end times, as per the Bible. I think that is great, but the story was just left off, without an actual closing. That was my only problem and the reason for my rating. I received a free copy of this story for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    The Time of Jacob's Trouble by Donna VanLiere Harvest House Publishers Christian , Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 17 Mar 2020   I am reviewing a copy of The Time of Jacob’s Trouble through Harvest House Publishers and Netgalley: One of Emma Grady’s Favorite patients and several of her colleagues vanishing right in front of her turns a typical day at work into a nightmare. Emma frantically makes her way from New York to Queens, praying that her boyfriend is safe. The subways have closed, graves have open The Time of Jacob's Trouble by Donna VanLiere Harvest House Publishers Christian , Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 17 Mar 2020   I am reviewing a copy of The Time of Jacob’s Trouble through Harvest House Publishers and Netgalley: One of Emma Grady’s Favorite patients and several of her colleagues vanishing right in front of her turns a typical day at work into a nightmare. Emma frantically makes her way from New York to Queens, praying that her boyfriend is safe. The subways have closed, graves have opened up and a countless number of people have simple vanished. New York City erupts in Mayhem as terror grips the remaining residents. Why did everyone vanish in a moment, not only in New York but worldwide? Emma can’t help but wonder if this was the end of the world that had been predicted. And finds herself in a desperate search for answers. In this story that will leave you turning the page, you will be transported From New York to Isra’el and in the Final pages the author backs her plot line up with Biblical references. I give The Time of Jacob’s Trouble five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Donna VanLiere has written quite a few endearing fiction books, and I have enjoyed them very much. In this book, she has stepped out of the box and written something incredibly different from any she’s written before. I think it must have taken a significantly huge amount of work, more than what it usually takes to write a novel! The first 183 pages tell a fictional tale of the beginning of the end of the world. This was interesting and a little scary! The next 103 pages were titled “Where in th Donna VanLiere has written quite a few endearing fiction books, and I have enjoyed them very much. In this book, she has stepped out of the box and written something incredibly different from any she’s written before. I think it must have taken a significantly huge amount of work, more than what it usually takes to write a novel! The first 183 pages tell a fictional tale of the beginning of the end of the world. This was interesting and a little scary! The next 103 pages were titled “Where in the Word?” and dealt with facts and statistics and scripture verses from the Bible. The author tries to explain what the Bible says about the end of time, and I appreciate her desire to educate anyone and everyone interested. It’s a great idea. Unfortunately, the two halves did not mesh for me as I think the author intended them to. I also felt that the fictional story ended abruptly with no conclusion whatsoever. I realized this is meant to be a series, but still, I don’t think the reader should be left hanging like that. Will I read the next one in the series? Probably. Will I be excitedly awaiting its release? Not really.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Valkyrie

    I got this book in the mail from the publishers, Harvest House, with no note inside. I assumed I'd finally won one of the millions of giveaways that I had entered. As I started reading it, I became quickly engaged with the characters - Emma and Matt, their friends Brandon and Rick, Dr. Zerah Adler coming home to dinner with his parents, and Elliot with his pushy mom. I can picture the goings on of the characters days as they're told. I had never heard of author Donna VanLiere, although on the co I got this book in the mail from the publishers, Harvest House, with no note inside. I assumed I'd finally won one of the millions of giveaways that I had entered. As I started reading it, I became quickly engaged with the characters - Emma and Matt, their friends Brandon and Rick, Dr. Zerah Adler coming home to dinner with his parents, and Elliot with his pushy mom. I can picture the goings on of the characters days as they're told. I had never heard of author Donna VanLiere, although on the cover it says she is a New York Times bestselling author. Curiosity being what it is, I googled her and found that she is a religious author. So... I'm one of those people who identifies as spiritual but not religious. I was really torn, wanting to keeping reading about these characters I've already vested myself in and not continue reading because it is of a religious bent. I'm now on chapter 25 of 41. I am still uncomfortable with the overtly religious material but love the story and still love the characters. As of now, I'm choosing to continue reading the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Price

    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 co 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 more 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie Ault

    I received this as a free arc through Goodreads. Unfortunately for me, it was not a good read. The story was too quick so there was a lot of details left out. I feel like we could have gotten to know the characters more. Also, their development to going straight to preaching about end times seemed too rapid. It was an interesting concept, but I expected more of a story than a sermon. Even the interactive features of “Where in the Bible” were more distracting and pulled me out of the story. They I received this as a free arc through Goodreads. Unfortunately for me, it was not a good read. The story was too quick so there was a lot of details left out. I feel like we could have gotten to know the characters more. Also, their development to going straight to preaching about end times seemed too rapid. It was an interesting concept, but I expected more of a story than a sermon. Even the interactive features of “Where in the Bible” were more distracting and pulled me out of the story. They should have been saved for the end. Speaking of which, The last third of the book just talked about the scriptures that related to parts of the story. I think that’s way too much of the book. Because of that section, there was also no need to have reminders throughout the book. Overall, it was a tough book to finish. I think this would be better used to guide a bible study group instead of reading for entertainment.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    This is listed as a Christian fiction book. It begins with an unmarried couple, Emma and Matt who are living together. Two of their closet friends, Rick and Brandon are homosexual males. I’m putting that out there because these aren’t typical Christian fiction relationships. I am hoping that other authors who write inspirational books don’t feel the need to add scenarios like this just because it’s the latest fad in books. The book itself is a rather dry read. If you’ve ever read a book in the p This is listed as a Christian fiction book. It begins with an unmarried couple, Emma and Matt who are living together. Two of their closet friends, Rick and Brandon are homosexual males. I’m putting that out there because these aren’t typical Christian fiction relationships. I am hoping that other authors who write inspirational books don’t feel the need to add scenarios like this just because it’s the latest fad in books. The book itself is a rather dry read. If you’ve ever read a book in the past that tries to inform, but the fictional characters are fairly lifeless, you will know how I feel. I didn’t particularly care for any of the people in this one; the connection wasn’t there at all, and part of the enjoyment of reading is feeling a sense of caring what happens to the characters. Perhaps things improve as the book goes on. I couldn’t finish this. The author has written some other wonderful books, but in my opinion, this isn’t one of them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melody Kitchens

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I won this book from Goodreads and here’s my opinion: I semi enjoyed the book. I get where the author was coming from, she wanted to portray the story from various viewpoints and even various countries, but I think if she’d just picked one person to follow, it would’ve been better. We get a tiny (like 1-2 page) preview of their life before the rapture happens, that’s it. I think getting to know the characters better and having more “meat”’to the book would’ve been more enjoyable. I did enjoy how I won this book from Goodreads and here’s my opinion: I semi enjoyed the book. I get where the author was coming from, she wanted to portray the story from various viewpoints and even various countries, but I think if she’d just picked one person to follow, it would’ve been better. We get a tiny (like 1-2 page) preview of their life before the rapture happens, that’s it. I think getting to know the characters better and having more “meat”’to the book would’ve been more enjoyable. I did enjoy how the book makes you think about that time in the future and what it will be like. It really made me think about all the “good” people who will be left behind. Ive never really thought about that aspect before. It also gives some good biblical references and touches your heart at times. It’s a nice, easy, quick read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    I didn't get along with some of the characters. When I requested the book for review I was expecting something else and few minutes into reading I came across something I didn't quite agree with. The story is fast paced and talks about end time. Tells the story of individuals and their search for answers, what happens during the time of the rapture. The biblical references were okay; those caught my attention. I liked the setting in Israel. The author's writing style and description was easy to I didn't get along with some of the characters. When I requested the book for review I was expecting something else and few minutes into reading I came across something I didn't quite agree with. The story is fast paced and talks about end time. Tells the story of individuals and their search for answers, what happens during the time of the rapture. The biblical references were okay; those caught my attention. I liked the setting in Israel. The author's writing style and description was easy to follow and understand. My favorite quote: Somehow, God is friend to both her mother and Mrs Ramos, and somewhere deep inside she wishes she could be like them. I received a copy of the book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    This book opens with the rapture of the saints and follows the lives of two Jewish men along with other assorted characters. I loved it. I think it is better than Left Behind. My only problem is that it ended halfway through the book and I have to wait for book 2. The second half of this one is called Where in the Word and is a detailed guide to the scriptures. I liked this but was not expecting the abrupt end to the book. (I was reading on kindle so thought I had almost 40% of the book left.) This book opens with the rapture of the saints and follows the lives of two Jewish men along with other assorted characters. I loved it. I think it is better than Left Behind. My only problem is that it ended halfway through the book and I have to wait for book 2. The second half of this one is called Where in the Word and is a detailed guide to the scriptures. I liked this but was not expecting the abrupt end to the book. (I was reading on kindle so thought I had almost 40% of the book left.) So settle in for a thrilling story. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gerry

    I have read several of this author's books and loved them, so was looking forward to this one. I was disappointed. I felt that this is almost a "remake" of the "Left Behind" series, but not as well done. The story is not very cohesive and has very little plot. The characters are cardboard characters with not much development to make us like them. Since this is the first book of a trilogy, I will not be reading the others. I DID read the last 1/3 of the book entitled Where in the Word. I did not I have read several of this author's books and loved them, so was looking forward to this one. I was disappointed. I felt that this is almost a "remake" of the "Left Behind" series, but not as well done. The story is not very cohesive and has very little plot. The characters are cardboard characters with not much development to make us like them. Since this is the first book of a trilogy, I will not be reading the others. I DID read the last 1/3 of the book entitled Where in the Word. I did not read it along the way, but waited until I completed the novel to read this. Thanks Harvest House publishers and Goodreads for the free copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Taunya Miller

    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. 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Cummings

    What if everything changed in a moment. It was a normal day nothing out of the ordinary until people started disappearing. No one knows where they have gone everyone is afraid. No one has answers and it seems like the world has gone mad. But there are people that have been chosen to spread the word and to let everyone know that all have a chance to accept that their savior is waiting for them. But not everyone wants to believe that the people that disappeared were believers. Can the chosen sprea What if everything changed in a moment. It was a normal day nothing out of the ordinary until people started disappearing. No one knows where they have gone everyone is afraid. No one has answers and it seems like the world has gone mad. But there are people that have been chosen to spread the word and to let everyone know that all have a chance to accept that their savior is waiting for them. But not everyone wants to believe that the people that disappeared were believers. Can the chosen spread the word and help others accept what is coming? A good read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Smith

    I have read a couple other books by this author and enjoy books written about the End Times so thought that this would be a home run. It's an enjoyable read but not in the same level as her other books. Perhaps it's because I'm used to reading books of a certain style/genre from her. In any case, I may give it another try in a few months. I do give her kudos for tackling a tough subject that given the state of the world in general, should make people think about their eternal destination. I rece I have read a couple other books by this author and enjoy books written about the End Times so thought that this would be a home run. It's an enjoyable read but not in the same level as her other books. Perhaps it's because I'm used to reading books of a certain style/genre from her. In any case, I may give it another try in a few months. I do give her kudos for tackling a tough subject that given the state of the world in general, should make people think about their eternal destination. I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley. All opinions are my own. #bookstagram

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda Edmonds cerullo

    Probably the very best End Times fiction I have ever read. The first in a series and a very exciting introduction. Over half of the book is the novel. The rest of the book is the Biblical basis for the novel. Using Scripture the author lays out in a very thoughtful and easy to understand way just what can be expected at the end of time and the time of tribulation earth will experience just before Jesus’ Second Coming. Hoping I don’t have to wait too long for the second book in this series. Highl Probably the very best End Times fiction I have ever read. The first in a series and a very exciting introduction. Over half of the book is the novel. The rest of the book is the Biblical basis for the novel. Using Scripture the author lays out in a very thoughtful and easy to understand way just what can be expected at the end of time and the time of tribulation earth will experience just before Jesus’ Second Coming. Hoping I don’t have to wait too long for the second book in this series. Highly recommend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    This is book #1 in a trilogy that explains the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is told in a very unique way through part fiction and part fact - you read the fiction story for a bit then break if you want and read the facts that support it, then go back and read a bit more of the story, then break, read the facts, then go back to the story, etc or you can choose to read all of the story and read all of the facts at the end. I liked breaking it up. This was a very interesting book and a great w This is book #1 in a trilogy that explains the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is told in a very unique way through part fiction and part fact - you read the fiction story for a bit then break if you want and read the facts that support it, then go back and read a bit more of the story, then break, read the facts, then go back to the story, etc or you can choose to read all of the story and read all of the facts at the end. I liked breaking it up. This was a very interesting book and a great way to tell the story and I look forward to reading the next two books in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I have loved Donna VanLiere's novels, especially enjoyed her Christmas stories. This apocalyptic story, with its accompanying research, In the time of Jacobs Trouble, is quite a departure from what she is known. She has immersed herself in scholarly Biblical research, which is impressive. I, however, am not persuaded by her reasoning and thus am not recommending it. I am grateful to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC for this my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    It started out so promising. But then after the beginning I couldn’t figure out why she started with the rush to the basement and then backtracked. The characters have very little development. I didn’t find myself caring for any of them. I was astounded when I discovered this was a planned trilogy. Honestly, she’d have been better off just doing a breakdown of the Second Coming, since it seems the meat of her book is the notes section. The narrative is almost an afterthought.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kari King

    I received this book as part of a ARC giveaway through Goodreads. I liked the storyline of the book, however I found it hard to keep stopping and going to the back of the book to read the biblical passages. I have never read a book like this before, so it probably takes a little bit to get used to. I did enjoy the characters story and going back and forth between Israel and New York. Overall, this book got me thinking about the what if's.

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