Left Behind is a 12-book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins which offers a literal, bloody version of the Book of Revelations. The twelfth and final book, Glorious Appearing, goes on sale today. Collectively, the books have sold more than 40-million copies, supplanting John Grisham as the most popular novelist among adults. There was also a feature film starring Kirk Cameron that, oddly, failed miserably.
I haven’t read these books, but I’d like to read at least one (there’s an excerpt from the first book here). The pro-America sentiment might be a bit hard to swallow. One article I read (not available online) indicated that the books render Satan as Russian and demonize (quite literally) the EU.
While Left Behind is relatively mainstream, it serves as an example of what I call ‘the Christian economy’. Millions and millions of dollars are exchanged among Christian businesses in Canada and the US in a sort of parallel marketplace. I’m speaking here mostly of media products–books, television and movies. It’s fascinating to me that all of this creative material gets produced and consumed but, with rare exceptions, doesn’t get recognized by the mainstream media.