The Time of Jacob's Trouble

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Time of Jacob's Trouble
  • Donna VanLiere
  • English
  • 15 June 2019
  • 0736978755

About the Author: Donna VanLiere

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 Medallion Book of the Year and is an inductee in the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn.Learnabout Donna by visiting www.DonnaVanLiere.com and stay up to date and in touch by subscribing to her free Friendship List.


The Time of Jacob's TroubleA 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 People Have Inexplicably Disappeared Mayhem Erupts As Terror Grips The Residents Of New York City What Could Make So Many Vanish In A Moment And Not Just In New York, But All Over The Globe Emma Wonders If This Is The Predicted End Of The World And Begins A Desperate Search For Answers This Page Turning Story Will Take You On A Riveting Journey From New York City To Israel, And In The Final Chapters, Donna Turns To The Pages Of The Bible, Where You Ll Learn That God Has Made Known To Us The End From The Beginning, And That Things Aren T Spiraling Downward But Are Actually Looking Up The Bestselling Author Of The Christmas Shoes Now Explores A Future World Facing Its Final Days In The Time Of Jacob S Trouble, Weaving End Times Prophecies Into The Lives Of Emma And Her Friends As They Struggle To Survive And Come Face To Face With The Chilling Truth About The Disappearances

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10 thoughts on “The Time of Jacob's Trouble

  1. Alyssia Cooke says:

    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 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 depicting the second coming of the Lord If there wasmeat on the bones than repetitive Scripture hurled at you in paragraphs constantly throughout the novel, it would be havechance of standing up to scrutiny, but it doesn t.You follow three main characters Emma, Elliott and Zerah and the first problem of many is that they are all essentially the same character, they all have the same thoughts and concerns and they all door less the same thing It doesn t help that none of them are fleshed out in detail All of them have difficulty initially understanding what is going on, but all become Bible fanatics within a remarkably short time and are willing and able to extol about the second coming at great length to anyone who will listen and quite a few who won t The relationships across the novel are all made of the same thin cardboard, whether it is a relationship with family, friends or a partner All of them have the other side of the relationship not believing for one reason or another and all of them are guilty of being so aggressive in their beliefs that they successfully push the people they should care for most away from them But of course it isn t seen this way because they are the good guys and those who don t believe are the bad ones.Never is thisopenly seen than when Elliott opens his mouth on street corners or in a church or well, in any variety of different places to preach the same thing every single time He is protected by the strength of Jesus and yet as soon as he starts to preach other people get mindlessly angry, start attacking him, charging him, even shooting at him There is no rationale behind this other than the blatant message that if you don t believe fully and completely you must be ridiculously aggressive and have an immediate impulse to shout, scream, rage and strike out at those who are That is not how most people are, it is not how most people behave and yet the author is completely incapable of depicting individuals on a gradation of greys, instead insisting on hammering her point home in absolutes and no in betweens Humanity is a wonderful mess of various shades of grey, with very few people being all of one or the other and that is not shown here at all It makes for a poor set of characters to go along with the thin as hell narrative It caricatures everything, making it a mockery of the very points it is trying so hard to express.It also doesn t help that there are virtually no cultural references here part of the novel is apparently set in Israel, but if not for the fact that you are told you are in Israel you could be forgiven for thinking you were still in New York City It s all bland and vague, with nothing that leaps of the page at you This is true for the general writing style as well there is a whole lot of tell rather than show You are informed that someone is feeling an emotion, but there is nothing in their behaviour to back that up, except of course for the all too frequent occasions when non Christians go mental and start screaming and shouting for absolutely no reason When combined with the repetitive nature of the text you are told again and again that characters are reading the Bible, the same Biblical passages are explored by every character and often multiple times, the same basic dialogue happens again and again and again it makes for a really poor experience that is utterly marred by its two dimensional nature And then 35% percent of the book is an actual look at Scripture VanLiere just cuts off the admittedly weak narrative without even attempting to offer any form of resolution and you are chucked into a Bible class, one that has been referenced many times throughout the novel at the end of chapters or sections Want to knowabout the scripture Go to page __ Where In The Word for further details So, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the free ARC copy but I promised an honest review and here it is As a Christian and an avid reader, all I can say is that this is beyond poor The story is weak as hell, the characters are cardboard cut outs, there is so much repetition it is ridiculous and you find every other page interrupted by a biblical passage

  2. Natalie says:

    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.

  3. Susan Snodgrass says:

    I must be completely honest here I did not care for this book at all It didn t even read like a novel The characters seemed like paper dolls with no real life And 36% of the book was VanLiere s 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.

  4. Sue Frances says:

    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.

  5. Annette says:

    I noticed a lot reviewers didn t 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

  6. Barbara Tsipouras says:

    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.

  7. Viki Ferrell says:

    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 peop 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 people vanish.Pandemonium prevails in the streets of every nation, and anarchy is rampant Several theories abound as to what is happening entomological warfare, a virus or bacteria has consumed these people, alien abductions andThe military in many countries is debilitated, including the United States, stock markets crash across the globe there is chaos and looting everywhere And middle eastern countries begin firing on Israel in an effort to destroy the country.Emma, Elliott and Zerah all had good friends who are gone But those friends left impressions on these young people, so they each search for a Bible and seek out the scriptures They all come to the same conclusion Jesus has snatched away his true believers from the earth They each begin to make their way through this new world of uncertainty and give their lives to the Lord in the process Will they make it through the next day, the next week or the next year What will life be like for them in a world now filled with hate and disbelief Will they see the pages of the scriptures they now hold so dear unfold before their very eyes Donna VanLiere brings us a riveting fictional account in THE TIME OF JACOB S TROUBLE of an event recorded in the Bible Although this event is not referred to as The Rapture in the scriptures, this is the beginning of the end times of the earth as we know it Ms VanLiere s characters are very realistic and each deal with what has happened in their own way The story line toggles back and forth from New York to Israel chronicling the lives of the three main characters and describing what is occurring in both countries It was hard to put this book down, but I was delighted to learn that this is just the first of a series of three novels Ms VanLiere will write on the topic of Bible prophecy and end times At the end of the book, she devotes several pages to Where in the Word , giving facts about Bible prophecy, discussing questions and misunderstandings about end times and sighting scripture to back up her fictional story I can t wait to read the next installment

  8. Jacqueline McDougall says:

    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 book s format until completing chapter 4, I hadn t 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 America s larger cities ar 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 book s format until completing chapter 4, I hadn t 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 America s larger cities are decimated Two of the principal characters live in NYC, and the book follows them as they struggle to survive and acclimate to their new normal.One of these New Yorkers is a young Jewish man who adheres strictly to the faith of his family He is at a funeral when he witnesses graves bursting open Shortly thereafter he is visited by Jesus in manner similar to Jesus visiting Paul on the road to Damascus He becomes a Messianic Jew and learns he is one of the 144,000 witnesses spoken of in Revelation 7 4 8.Another of these 144,000 witnesses is living in Israel He also is a young devout Jewish man who comes to saving faith through the words of a man on the street whom no one but he can see.For me, this was the perfect time to read such a novel One of the principal characters is searching through a raptured friend s house to find supplies for herself and other post rapture believers, most of whom are children As she did so, I found myself asking her Why are you touching everything Aren t you worried about catching it There is no virus in the book, only violence and depravity since, as the author explains, what 2 Thessalonians 2 6 was holding back the entrance of the antichrist the raptured believers or the church is gone, leaving behind those who follow their own badly skewed moral code.Although the book is not advertised as a Bible study, I feel benefit would be derived by going back and looking at the scriptures there are many the author references both in the novel and in the Biblical explanations in the back of the book Isn t that the mark of a truly exceptional book that it entices the reader to search the scriptures for herself This is a fantastic book Unfortunately, the publication date is 2020, and the second installment isn t to be released until 2021.I will be waiting The rest of you, be sure and check out this well written and researched and timely book

  9. Michelle says:

    It is to be noted that there are two parts to this book, a novel, and a study guide PART I The NovelIn 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 It is to be noted that there are two parts to this book, a novel, and a study guide PART I The NovelIn 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 view, the story skips back and forth between the main characters, countries and the political rhetoric of the pending singular world government I found this to be confusing as one minute you were reading about a character in New York and the next you were in Israel or a political forum in Europe or where ever it was I tried to like this book, butI m left with the feeling that it had been done before The plot was weak, the characters lacked development and the abrupt ending of the novel portion of the book left me frustrated PART II The Study GuideThe second portion of The Time of Jacob s Trouble is an in depth study of the Biblical book of Revelation that the story is based upon I recommend having a Bible handy as you read through this portion of the book as it is heavy with information and verses that you will want to take the time to read for yourself I found this portion of the book to be well thought out and well researched.Final Thoughts If the author had put as much effort into character and plot development for the novel portion of this book as she did for the study portion, it would have been a good book to pick up The Time of Jacob s Trouble was a disappointing read for me and I think it would have been better to have been either two separate books or for the study guide to be a singular book

  10. Robin Willson says:

    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 b 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 being told the truth Two of the men are Jews and are visited by witnesses and told they are chosen as part of the 144,000 messianic Jews Interesting story that is excellent at showing prophesy I ate this right up, greatly looking forward to picking it up again each time The story is a quick read, the rest of the book is very detailed information with scripture that explains how the Bible tells the prophecy in Revelations and many other passages A fabulous manual for now and for those who will be left behind I m ready Keep looking up, the time is close It could happen at any time Donna shows how many of today s world events fit right into the end times prophecies.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising TheTimeOfJacobsTrouble NetGalley