The reaction and reader response to these prophetic novels tended to fall along the lines of people who like prophetic novels and people who don’t. 🙂 There are lots of folks who don’t agree with the eschatology presented in these stories, so I suspect these books aren’t exactly their cups of tea.
But the most amazing thing to me was the fact that the second book, BY DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT, won the Christy Award in the program’s inaugural year. I remember that one of the Left Behind books was also a finalist, so everyone assumed that Jerry’s book would take the prize. I was thrilled just to be nominated.
That night at the awards ceremony, for each category they had all the finalists come up to the stage (I’m glad they don’t do that anymore!). Then they announced the winner, and all I remember is gaping at Jim Bell and some other friends down front. Then I turned to Jerry, who was on my right, and said, “I’m so sorry!”
It was a very “pinch me” moment, but I still have the award sitting on a shelf in my office, so I suppose it really happened. That story–of the Third Temple and Jerusalem–was so interesting, though, it practically wrote itself.
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