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The Indwelling: The Left Behind Series . (Left Behind #7)

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A New York Times BestsellerTime and eternity seem suspended, and the destiny of mankind hangs in the balance. It's the midpoint of the seven-year Tribulation. A renowned man is dead, and the world mourns. In heaven, the battle of the ages continues to rage until it spills to earth and hell breaks loose. The members of the Tribulation Force -- just three in the safe house a ...more
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Published June 1st 2001 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Regi
Jun 22, 2013 Regi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I get further into this series the racism, sexism and evidence of an utter lack of sincerity and writing skill of the authors becomes more and more evident. The story itself is still engaging, but I'm not sure if I'm going to bother with the rest of the books as they are now becoming so disturbing.

The idiocy in this book includes:

The actual line "Why did he not use his Middle Eastern maleness...?"
The term "raghead"
More Asians who can't speak English besides "Me no speak English" (thankfully o
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Carla René
By now, not only were the editorial mistakes but the grammar mistakes getting on my nerves, but the story seems to simply fall apart in this installment.

The plot for this one was that Nicolae dies and upon his resurrection, becomes "indwelt" by Satan himself. That, I have no problem with, because that's Scriptural.

But what I did have the problem with was the now-normal strained plot twists. As readers, we're expected to suspend a part of our disbelief, but Jenkins takes things too far and expec
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Donald Owens II
Mar 24, 2016 Donald Owens II rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The seventh and last nail in the coffin of my youthful premillenialism. I can't imagine now why I slogged through seven of these contrivances, but that was a long time ago. Bad writing doesn't fix bad eschatology. But it sometimes reveals it.
Kathy
Apr 17, 2009 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's an old joke about St Paul leading the newly deceased through heaven and as they stop at each door, you can hear a party going on inside. "That's the Methodists," he'd explain. Or, "That's the Episcopalians." Finally, he came to a door that was really quiet. Inside were people praying. "Shh," he said, "That's the Fundamentalist Christians. They think they're the only ones here."
THAT'S what this series of books reminds me of. I DON'T believe there is only one and true way to God, and to h
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Valerie
Mar 04, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I would probably be complaining if everyone came out of this with their lives, but it's tiring to get invested in a character only to have them die, even if you have only just gotten to know them. I feel this book was much better than the rest. You came into it with more questions than the other books, such as where was Hattie, will their safe house finally be discovered (because, let's face it, it was a bit too obvious for me), and how long could the believers actually keep working for t ...more
Joanna
Sep 29, 2011 Joanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how I originally started on this series. I believe the 7th book was priced through B&N as a bargain so I figured I'd snag it. What I didn't know when I bought it that though it fell under a category I usually read (fantasy, sci-fi, etc... I no longer remember which) it was also classified as a christian book.

Had I known that, I more than likely would not have picked up the first six, as I do not consider myself a part of any denomination, falling between being a complete athies
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Ashton
Jul 16, 2012 Ashton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was somewhat redeeming compared to the last one. It continues the exciting stories of the believers and brings Rayford back to where he should be. I dislike that the author felt it was necessary, for whatever reason, to totally change Rayford's character but I'm glad to see that he is back to his normal self so he's a believable character again. The story moves forward at a good pace in this book and I was pretty much glued to it ever time I picked it up, only stopping when I had to.

I
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David
Oct 08, 2008 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher Selmek
My reviews of the Left Behind series have been following a predictable pattern. The first book was good, the second somewhat less so, the third less than that. By book seven I am quite annoyed by some of the characters, many of whom are thrown in without a convincing back story.
The book begins with the assassination of the anti-Christ. You'd think this would make the Christians happy, but they continue to grumble and complain that they wish they could kill him again. One character tells another,
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Simon Taylor
The Indwelling spans just a couple of days in the immediate aftermath of Nicola Carpathia’s murder, and marks the beginning of the Great Tribulation – the point at which things go from rather bad to actually quite awful.

To have an entire novel dedicated to the few days between Carpathia’s murder and his funeral should have been an absolute gift, giving us an intense and dramatic instalment. Instead, The Indwelling is crying out with missed opportunities.

We return to Left Behind with Carpathia –
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Cassie
Aug 19, 2015 Cassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much better job of keeping me on the edge of my seat from the start! Whew! Couldn't put this one down...but that's mostly because I knew what was coming and the writers really left each section saying, "Oh, for the love...WHAT HAPPENED THEN??!!" Well done on that aspect.

Much less recapping too! A+ on that one!

So much loss. This one had me tearing up a lot. And undercover Christians are starting to be discovered, which leaves you with a gut-wrenching terror for them...because again...I know how
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Jeff Bowman
bad dialogue. very slow plot progression. Signs of racism and bigotry.
Mallory
Aug 16, 2015 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the killing of Carpathia, everyone is either on the run or in hiding. As the world pours into Jerusalem for the funeral, Rayford looks to make his escape, having been named the Global Community’s number one suspect. Meanwhile, the entire Tribulation Force waits in dreadful anticipation for Nicolae’s inevitable reincarnation. I feel like Hattie’s storyline has petered out and I’m wondering why so much focus is still on her character. I did appreciate the discussion that revolved around one ...more
CJ
Aug 22, 2013 CJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The man who controlled the world has been assassinated. People around the world grieve as believers and people who have read the illegal sayings of Rabbi Tsion Ben-Judah know the real truth.
Time is ticking as the murderer is announced and the GC forces are searching far and wide for him. Could Rayford have really done the unthinkable? Why has Chaim Rosenzweig disappeared? And while the scriptures are right with saying the man named Nicolae would die from a wound to the head, are they correct in
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Amanda
Jul 22, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Indwelling had some really interesting plot twists in it: Where IS Hattie, anyway? How did Carpathia actually die? Who is going to be martyred this time? While we search for the answers to these questions, we also take a spiritual journey with Tsion, straight to the gates of Heaven itself. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is still in turmoil, and millions gather to mourn the death of Carpathia at his grand funeral. For those misguided enough to make the pilgrimage to New Babylon for the memo ...more
Amie
Feb 22, 2010 Amie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's taking us, what, an average of a month to read each of these books. Half-way through I usually ask myself why are we reading this dumb series of like twelve-thousand books, but then I remind myself that I am a finisher and I want to just get to the end for crying out loud.

No, not that bad. It's someone's fictional idea of what can happen at the end of times based on the book of Revelations. Again, I don't believe in half of it, but it makes an interesting story, if really predictable charac
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Jessie
Sep 13, 2010 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
This book didn't really pick up until the final chapter (which seems to be the pattern with this series, and I suppose I should get used to it). I found myself racing through it so I could get to the end. At this point in the series, I really just want to stop. The authors have an incredible amount of filler in these novels, and they seem to push their own religious views onto the reader through the characters. These novels could've easily been compressed into 3-4 books, but I guess that wouldn' ...more
Estefania Duarte
In the story "The Indwelling The Beast Takes Possession #7" by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins describes a warfare in religion. In this war there are two different societies. There's those who believe in god and trust him with everything. The enemies in the story or most likely known as conflict is those who are with the devil and have a leader called Carpthia. As referring to the last sentence, in this book they explain a humangeous climax that had occurred with the leader of those who worship ...more
Renee
Jul 08, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action in The Indwelling , the seventh book of the Left Behind Series, covers only a few days, so the pace is especially frantic. Many heart-stopping scenarios involving key people develop, and because of this, I read the book in one sitting both times!

This book continues the story of one of my favorite characters: Tsion Ben-Judah , a rabbinical scholar who becomes a believer after a significant meeting with the two witnesses in book five. By this installment, Tsion has become the beloved
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Leane
Dec 19, 2010 Leane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventh book in the Left Behind series. The members of the Trib Force start looking for a new place to live, fearing Hattie will lead GC right to their current safehouse. The entire world it seems is mourning the loss of Nicolae Carpathia, and Rayford is considered to be the assassin. The murderer of Carpathia is slowly revealed, but any smart reader realized long ago who it is. A new member is finally added to the family of believers, much to the relief of Buck and the rest of the Trib Force. B ...more
Pradheep
Feb 19, 2014 Pradheep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still engaging as ever. Personally I wasn't happy that I had to wait till the end of the book for Carpathia's resurrection. It seems to me that more characters are going to be placed in the story line on a full time basis.

It's interesting how the author shifts scenes suddenly from one place to another. At some points in the story I want the author to increase the pace of the story.

I wasn't planning on reading this one so soon but since the last one ended on a cliff hanger, so this naturally foll
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Brenda
Mar 30, 2016 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tim-lahaye
Every book in this series is very interesting and I am really learning a lot. In my daily bible reading I come across passages about the end times, and now I understand them. I like the characters in the book, especially the ones that are close to the antichrist. In this book the antichrist dies and the characters in the book try to figure out how exactly he died. Also the statue of carpathia is made . I enjoy the suspense and great storytelling while keeping to the facts the bible reveals.
Rachel Doyon
I am underwhelmed by this book, just as I was by the last book in this series. I cannot relate to any of the characters, especially when they are speaking to each other, because the dialogue seems so superficial. Rayford, the main character, especially gets on my nerves. Another thing that annoyed me about this book (and the last few books of this series) is that there really is no mystery about what is going to happen. It's all spelled out in the first few chapters, and then I find myself tryin ...more
Paul Lunger
Apr 20, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #7 in the Left Behind series is a transition in this series from as the 2nd half of the Tribulation arrives. In "The Indwelling" we have the world in mourning over the death of Carpathia & our various members of the Tribulation Force either in hiding or on the run. LaHaye does an actually decent job with not much story to work with this time as he prepares us for the final battle of good vs evil. All previous characters show signs of growth & when we learn who really killed Carpathi ...more
Marissa
well the series is starting to get a little bit crazy. I'm still really enjoying the books as they are very entertaining and I don't like to put them down, total page turners, but a few of the characters are beginning to rub me the wrong way. I'm getting really frustrated with Chloe, after a short period where Redford was really bugging me. on to the next...
Kate
Dec 09, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the death of a public figure, the GC tightens security looking for answers. A member of the Tribulation Force begins to feels options are running out for themselves and for others. A worldwide tribute to Carpathia is planned as the list of believers keeps growing, while fearing for their lives now more than ever. Book started out a little slow then by the 4th chapter I was hooked in again and found it difficult to put down. This book more than the others I feel so far, is very chilling espe ...more
Jane
May 01, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.00 stars - pg/pg13?

I'm very slowly going through all my bookshelves and trying to catalogue books bought and read in years gone by. Stars and ratings are mere guesses at this point. I'm assuming I enjoyed the book at some point in my life?
Aleina
Feb 25, 2016 Aleina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
It was very similar to Assassins. It was slow and took plenty of time to get to the last exciting part, the climax which I look so forward to, but the end was rather dissapointing in this one. I believe the Indwelling, the seventh of its series, was the least exciting besides I think the second or third. Hope the next one is better. :)
Dorothy Bandusky
This novel increases the tension of the previous book. The conflicts, especially guilt, surrounding a killing are particularly thought-provoking. The ending brings closure to the installment yet causes the reader to hunger for more.
Fredrick Danysh
Midway in the seven year Tribulation an important man meets his death. The members of the Tribulation Force are scattered throughout the world. Now the must make their way back to their headquarters which is under attack.
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Timothy "Tim" F. LaHaye is 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)
  • Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (Left Behind, #4)
  • Apollyon (Left Behind, #5)
  • Assassins (Left Behind, #6)
  • 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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