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Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (Left Behind #4)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  26,377 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews
Having survived the wrath of the Lamb--a global earthquake in the 21st month of the Tribulation--pilot Rayford Steele and reporter Buck Williams now embark on a journey of absorbing adventure and Christian triumph. Soul Harvest is book four in the enormously popular Left Behind series (seven books are planned in all), based on those who are left behind in the Rapture. Writ ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published August 1998 by Tyndale House (first published 1998)
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Jul 22, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
As one who always reads other reviews before reading and reviewing a book, I feel like I should respond to what some of the other reviewers have to say. First of all, some complain that the writing style is too sophomoric. Well, every writer has his voice, and how interesting would the world be if everyone wrote or spoke exactly the same way? Yes, the writing style is simple, but that just makes the book(s) easier to read. Secondly, as to the complaints that the books are sexist, that's just sil ...more
Jun 03, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
This is a book I absolutly could not put down! I finished it in 2 days flat! If you love adventure,detirmination,and,are or want to become a christian,then you NEED to read this book! My life has never been the same since i've started the Left Behind books!This is, by a landslide, the best book i've ever read (and that says alot 'cause i'm a BIG reader!).I'm waiting for the next book at my libary!I CAN'T WAIT!
Esau Slodge
Apr 01, 2008 Esau Slodge rated it did not like it
Read this in the library so I wouldn't give the authors royalties. What a fraudulent piece of shit this series is.
Feb 21, 2013 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good things about this book:

1. Ken Ritz
2. Dr. Charles (mostly)
3. Earthquakes and other cool judgementy actiony type things

Bad things about this book:

1. The word "rascal" again. Why, God, why?
2. Rayford still can't comprehend heathens actually caring about each other. Seriously dude, what kind of a guy where you before you converted? The fact that you were a douchey heathen doesn't make every other heathen a douche. Rayford sometimes reminds me of a robot, with the whole "what are feelings, creat
Oct 20, 2008 Alex rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian-sci-fi
Why I hate these books, in two sentences: "Sandy Moore had been at the table with her newspaper and coffee when a huge oak tree crashed through the roof with such force that it flattened her and the heavy wood table... Had not the rest of her body been compressed to inches, she might have appeared to be dozing."

Compressed to inches? ah... ah... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

Terrible, terrible writing. Terrible.
Jennifer Defoy
Oct 13, 2008 Jennifer Defoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2009-reads
I've read this book before but I wanted to get back into the series and I couldn't remember the whole story so I re-read it.

I have to say that I was very entertained by this book. I think that this series is so well written that if you don't believe in the Rapture that you would enjoy the story line.

The characters in this story are so well developed that you can't help but to form a bond with them. The book jumps around a bit, but it is not distracting and it does not deter from the story at al
Apr 25, 2012 Grampy rated it it was amazing
Due to my personal belief in the Bible, I have found this entire series to be extremely entertaining and sometimes a little scary. I strongly recommend reading the series in chronological order, or there will be a lot of details that won't make sense. I realize atheists, agnostics, other religions, and even some Christian sects will scoff at the whole concept of the series, and that is their prerogative. I still think they might find the books entertaining, regardless of their theistic leaning. ...more

This was the fourth book in the Left Behind series and it was really intense. The book built off of where the last one left off. The novel was so intense and filled with so many plot twists that it will keep you reading till the very end.


Clift hangers
Makes you want to read in one sitting
Non stop action
Good writing style
Plot development
Character development



Jul 07, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
The events in Soul Harvest , book four in the Left Behind Series, are a continuation of the action begun at the end of Nicolae. The world is reeling after a devastating natural disaster. Buck and Rayford are searching for their wives, making new friends along the way, and leading folks to the Savior as the opportunities arise. Important lives are lost. But eventually those of the Tribulation Force who are left gather for encouragement and to make a new plan. Then they’re off again to various co ...more
Victor Gentile
Jul 17, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in their book “Soul Harvest” Book Four in the Left Behind series published by Tyndale House Publishers shows us The World Takes Sides.

"Soul Harvest," picks up after the wrath of the Lamb at the end of book three - a devastating earthquake that killed 25 percent of the earth's population. The Tribulation Force are dealing with the utter devastation the earthquake caused. Much of the book deals with, as the title would suggest, harvesting souls - both on a small, pe
CJ Scurria
Sep 05, 2012 CJ Scurria rated it really liked it
The world has been torn apart by an earthquake its scale previously unprecedented. People everywhere are left grieving and picking up the pieces especially Rayford who is torn between how to trust a loved one's motives just months before. Buck Williams is desperately searching for Chloe who was left in a building and might be underneath the rubble. What must the Tribulation Force do since this has been their biggest challenge yet and could the enemy somehow be one step ahead...?

This was a great
Naomi Bowen
Feb 07, 2017 Naomi Bowen rated it really liked it
Soul Harvest is the fourth book in the Left Behind series and it has to be one of my favourite so far. Picking up where the last book left off,we find two of the main characters desperately searching for loved ones in the aftermath of a devastating world wide earthquake. You can feel the stakes have been raised. No one is necessarily safe.

You have daring rescues, more people coming to Christ, astonishing plot twists and breathtaking images lifted from the pages of Revelation.

A great read. (Onl
Aug 24, 2010 Jessie rated it liked it
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Oct 08, 2008 David rated it did not like it
After getting wrapped up in the characters and feeling the need to find out what happens to them was the only reason I continued to read all the books in the series. The authors definately knew how to draw someone in and keep it just entertaining enough for them not to put it down and never think of it again - barely. I read the series for it's fiction appeal, not the biblical meanings, so was a bit disappointed in the writings. If the authors had cut some of the scripture and backstory each boo ...more
This book was ok, not great but not bad just very in between. There was what should have been more action/suspenseful moments but the writing just didn't leave me feeling like I was reading something dramatic so it was a bit of a let down.

You did see more of some of the interesting characters, like Ritz, from the other books which I enjoyed.

The writing and some of the way things happen in this book seem off to me. There was a world wide earthquake which leaves 1/4 of the population dead but wi
Mike (the Paladin)
In this installment of the series a mark appears on the foreheads of believers which only other believers can see. Again I don't know if this is actually the way God will work out this prophecy (I'm a Christian and have no problem with accepting the truth of the book of Revelation). The books attempt to give a literal interpritation of the Book. It's (their) only real failure as far as I'm concerned is that the writing itself isn't all that great.

Again, While I may not agree with the theology in
May 04, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
I personally liked this book. I loved the drama and suspense in this one. Is Amanda really a plant by Nicolae? I'd like to think not. Buck and Rayford are still my two favorite characters, albeit they are the 2 main characters. I also liked the addition of Mac into the cast, especially because Rayford really needs a friend. I especially loved the scene between Rayford and Mac when Ray discovers Amanda's body. It was realistic, moving, and touching. My issue with this book is the ending part wher ...more
Tyler Sellers
May 12, 2015 Tyler Sellers rated it it was amazing
This book has been a great read. I love that for over half the book both Rayford and Buck are looking for there loved ones. The devastation of the earth quake and the prophecies that unfold in front of the readers eyes brings an excitement and suspense to the story and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. I love this book and how the accuracy of the biblical prophecies gives you a look on how the end times might actually happen. This is a great book and I highly recommend it ...more
Jul 21, 2010 Reyna rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie F.
Feb 22, 2011 Stephanie F. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is the fourth installment in the "Left Behind" Christian book series. I find these books to be quick & enjoyable reads. These novels are something that I find a person reads entirely for plot or because it falls in line with their belief system. The writing style is not outstanding or very advanced. However, I do enjoy reading these novels. The action is exciting and I grow attached to the characters and want to find out what will happen next.
Sandy (WI girl at heart)
Aug 11, 2013 Sandy (WI girl at heart) rated it really liked it
Finished this book but forgot to do a review on it. I loved the book enough to give it 4.5 stars. It was a great stepping stone in this very interesting series.

This book had it "oh yeah" moments but could have gone a bit further in explaining a few details which would have filled out the main theme. It is the good VS evil being stomped into your brain, very effective indeed.

Would I read it again: yes. Would I recommend it to others: yes.
My favourite one so far! So much action for the Tribulation Force. Some sad goodbyes too but so compelling! I'm hooked. I definitely want to see how the TF's get to the end!
I couldn't get into this book for some reason. unrealistic in the beginning too.
Mar 25, 2017 Molly rated it really liked it
I have to say, this has been my favorite book in the series thus far. The embedded humor between our beloved tribulation saints had me laughing out loud! For example, conversations between Rayford and Mac in the cockpit, and of course the hilarious Ken Ritz's talented acting skills. Not only was I thoroughly entertained by this, but the surprises and suspense had me on the edge of my seat. Soul Harvest, overall, far exceeded my expectations!

God bless!
Rachel Talavera
Jan 15, 2017 Rachel Talavera rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
I read this series every couple of years and I absolutely love it. Very well written series with Dynamic characters and amazing storyline.
Mar 12, 2017 Kayla rated it it was amazing
This is where I started to enjoy the series more (and no, the arrival of Albie had nothing to do with it. Okay, maybe a little). Buck and Ken getting Chloe out of the hospital was really funny ("Doctor Airplane"? Come on) and just a ton of little things that made me really like it. Carpathia and Fortunato made me sick, especially Carpathia bashing on Christianity and the idea of the Rapture. He is the AntiChrist, though. . .
All in all, I liked it a lot.
Jan 25, 2011 Timothy rated it did not like it
1 1/2 stars.

For some strange reason, this fourth book in the "Left Behind" series didn't irk me as much as the first three. I don't know if it was because the writing is slightly improved (but only just barely, if it is), or if I am getting used to the bad writing and don't notice it as much. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is the complete disregard for any sense of logic or continuity in the stories. The story begins with a recap of where the last book left off - right after the great ea
Mar 11, 2017 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

This series gets better with each book. Highly recommend this book and the entire series. If you have any questions about salvation, this is great.
Simon Taylor
Aug 29, 2013 Simon Taylor rated it liked it
As Left Behind returns for its fourth outing in Soul Harvest, we find ourselves picking up from the Wrath of the Lamb, the worldwide earthquake that wipes out a large proportion of the earth’s population. There is a distinct change in focus and direction in the early part of the novel. Attention alternates between two unfolding stories: Buck’s search for Chloe in the USA and Rayford’s search for Amanda in the Middle East.

The change works well. It allows us to get to know both characters better a
Mark Henrikson
Jun 10, 2012 Mark Henrikson rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed the first three books in this series. They managed to both enlighten and entertain. A lot of mysterious events were happening which needed to be fleshed out by a cast of characters who were new and fresh to the reader. By book 4 (Soul Harvest) though, the ‘new car’ smell had worn off. The series changed from a suspense/mystery type to more procedural: per the book of Revelations these characters must get from A to Z and here is how it happened . . .

That change might have been fi
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Timothy "Tim" F. LaHaye was an American evangelical Christian minister, author, and speaker, best known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins.

He has written over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction.
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Other Books in the Series

Left Behind (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Left Behind (Left Behind, #1)
  • Tribulation Force (Left Behind, #2)
  • Nicolae (Left Behind, #3)
  • Apollyon (Left Behind, #5)
  • Assassins (Left Behind, #6)
  • The Indwelling (Left Behind, #7)
  • The Mark (Left Behind, #8)
  • Desecration (Left Behind, #9)
  • The Remnant (Left Behind, #10)
  • Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind, #11)

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