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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Harvest House Publishers
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    Alyssia Cooke
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
    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 ...more
    Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
    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.
    Susan Snodgrass
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I must be completely honest here. I did not care for this book at all. It didnt even read like a novel. The characters seemed like paper dolls with no real life. And 36% of the book was VanLieres 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.
    Sue Frances
    Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-read-2020
    I noticed a lot reviewers didnt 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 ...more
    Barbara Tsipouras
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
    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.
    Viki Ferrell
    Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Jacqueline McDougall
    Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 books format until completing chapter 4, I hadnt 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. Americas larger cities are
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
    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
    Robin Willson
    Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: giveaways
    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 ...more
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
    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 ...more
    Michelle Kidwell
    Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 Jacobs Trouble through Harvest House Publishers and Netgalley:

    One of Emma Gradys 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
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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 ...more
    Caroline Price
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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
    Julie Ault
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    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
    Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    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. Im putting that out there because these arent typical Christian fiction relationships. I am hoping that other authors who write inspirational books dont feel the need to add scenarios like this just because its the latest fad in books.

    The book itself is a rather dry read. If youve ever read a book in the past
    Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
    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
    Kristine Morgan
    Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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.) ...more
    Linda Smith
    Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
    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.
    Taunya Miller
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Lillian Cummings
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
    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 ...more
    Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: giveaways
    It started out so promising. But then after the beginning I couldnt figure out why she started with the rush to the basement and then backtracked. The characters have very little development. I didnt find myself caring for any of them. I was astounded when I discovered this was a planned trilogy. Honestly, shed 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. ...more
    Kari King
    Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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.
    Mar 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
    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.
    Robin Dix
    Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is one of the best novels I've ever read on the end times!! Donna has done an incredible job weaving scriptures and real life events together. I love that she switched back and forth between what is happening in New York and what is happening in Israel. I highly recommend it!!
    Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
    This is not a typical read for me but I wanted to try something new and unfortunately, it fell short. The storyline and characters did not captivate me nor keep my interest. I thought it would be like reading the Left Behind series but this seemed more like I was in sunday school.
    Tina Bledsoe
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Love this book, very suspenseful. Wondering what was going to happen next. Makes me wonder how I would react if my love ones were all of a sudden gone. Cant wait for the next book in this series ...more
    Ryan Hillis
    Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A great thriller about the End Times. Can't wait to read book #2.
    Mar 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
    this is a very dark book for this time in all of our lives. Don't know if I will get back to it....
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    Donna is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She's an in-demand conference speaker and gifted teacher and has 14 published books including four that have been adapted into movies.

    Donna is the recipient of multiple industry awards including a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, two Audie Awards for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold

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