Jerry B. Jenkins

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Jerry B. Jenkins
BornJerry Bruce Jenkins
(1949-09-23) September 23, 1949 (age 69)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
OccupationAuthor
ResidenceBlack Forest, Colorado
GenreChristian, apocalyptic & many others
SpouseDianna
Children3
Website
www.jerryjenkins.com

Jerry Bruce Jenkins (born September 23, 1949 in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is an American novelist and biographer. He is best known as writer of the Left Behind series of books for Tim LaHaye. Jenkins has written over 190 books, including romance novels, mysteries, and children's adventures, as well as non-fiction, including biographies and marriage & family titles. His fiction usually features evangelical Christians as protagonists.

In 2005, Jenkins and LaHaye ranked 9th in Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame authors ranked according to the largest numbers of books sold at Amazon.com in the 10 years since it opened on July 16, 1995. In 2018, Left Behind was listed as one of the 100 favorite novels in America by PBS. Jenkins and his wife Dianna have three sons, several grandchildren, and reside in Black Forest, Colorado.

Work as a writer, editor, and publisher[edit]

Jenkins has authored more than 190 books, 21 of which have reached the New York Times bestseller list. His writings have appeared in many periodicals, including Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, and Guideposts. He served as "writer-in-residence" for Moody Bible Institute following his tenure as Editor of Moody Magazine and eventually vice-president of publishing for Moody Bible Institute. He served 18 years on the Moody board of trustees, 7 as chairman.

Children and young adult fiction[edit]

He has written many children and young adult book series, including both mystery and sports-themed books. One of his more famous series includes sports-themed "Dallas O'Neil and The Baker Street Sports Club" series, published in the mid-1980s and his follow-up series, "The Dallas O'Neil Mysteries".[1]

Biographer[edit]

He has written "as-told-to" biographies of Hank Aaron, Brett Butler, Bill Gaither, Orel Hershiser, Luis Palau, Walter Payton, Joe Gibbs, Mike Singletary, Nolan Ryan, Sammy Tippit, George Sweeting, and many others. Over a period of 13 months, he assisted Dr. Billy Graham with his 1997 autobiography, Just As I Am.

Comic strip author[edit]

From 1996 to 2004, Jenkins was writer of the sports-themed comic strip Gil Thorp. Having been in negotiations with Tribune Media Services about the possibility of turning Jack Berrill's stories into a youth book series, he was asked to take over the writing duties of the strip when Mr. Berrill died in 1996. Many of the comic strip stories were generated by his sons, Dallas Jenkins (a filmmaker) and Chad Jenkins, the Sports Information Director at MidAmerica Nazarene University.

"Left Behind" author[edit]

Jenkins and co-author LaHaye of the Left Behind series were profiled in a May 24, 2004 cover story in Newsweek magazine entitled "The New Prophets of Revelation". LaHaye (1926-2016), who conceived the series, handled the theological under-pinnings of his end-of-the-world series, while Jenkins handled the writing.

The Left Behind series includes 16 books which have sold over 60 million copies worldwide. The first volume is entitled Left Behind, and is followed by Tribulation Force, Nicolae, Soul Harvest, Apollyon, Assassins, The Indwelling, The Mark, Desecration, The Remnant, Armageddon, Glorious Appearing, a trilogy of prequels (The Rising, The Regime, and The Rapture), and a final sequel called Kingdom Come.

Christian Writers Guild owner[edit]

In 1965 Norman Rohrer established the Christian Writers Guild (CWG) which was an effort to raise the quality of Christian Writing. In 2003 Jerry B. Jenkins purchased the Guild from the retiring Norman Rohrer (who remained on the Editorial Board of CWG). The Guild promoted its writing program through annual conferences at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and the Grand Hyatt in Denver as well as with Guild Apprentice, Journeyman, Craftsman, and Master Craftsman courses using a staff of authors and publishing professionals as mentors.

Since January 2016, Jenkins has taught writing exclusively online to more than 2,000 students through the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild (JerryJenkins.com and JerrysGuild.com).

Controversy and criticism[edit]

Jenkins and LaHaye have been criticized for their apocalyptic beliefs, in which they assert that the end of the world is near. Other believers in dispensational premillennialism, who agree that the return of Jesus is imminent, criticize various other aspects of the theology. It is noted that "in novels 8 & 9, LaHaye and Jenkins appear to allow for [non-willing] recipients of the mark of the beast to still be saved." In The Mark, "the Chang scenario" is developed, whereby a character unwillingly receives the mark of the beast after having chosen the sealing of the Lord. In Desecration, his dual-marking was justified in the storyline. This has led some readers to wonder "how a Christian can have the mark of the beast and still be saved" and has been asked many times by perplexed readers on the Left Behind messageboard. Attempts to address this question have appeared on the FAQ page at LeftBehind.com.[2][3]

With the presumption of eschatological plots, persons and conclusions, and with so many people basing their eschatological understanding on the Left behind series, Jenkins and LaHaye have been accused of violating the warning given in Revelation 22:18-19 not to add to or take away from the words of the Revelation.[citation needed]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

The Margo Mysteries series
  1. Margo (1979) ISBN 978-0898770018[4]
  2. Karlyn (1980)
  3. Hilary (1980)
  4. Paige (1981)
  5. Allyson (1981)
  6. Erin (1982)
  7. Shannon (1982)
  8. Lindsey (1983)
  9. Meaghan (1983)
  10. Janell (1983)
  11. Courtney (1983)
  12. Lyssa (1984)
  13. Margo's Reunion (1984)
The Jennifer Grey Mysteries series
  1. Heartbeat (1983)
  2. Three Days in Winter (1983)
  3. Too Late To Tell (1984)
  4. Gateway (1984)
  5. The Calling (1984)
  6. Veiled Threat (1985)
The Bradford Family Adventures series
  1. Daniel's Big Surprise (1984)
  2. Two Runaways (1984)
  3. The Clubhouse Mystery (1984)
  4. The Kidnapping (1984)
  5. Marty's Secret (1985)
  6. Blizzard! (1985)
  7. 14 Days to Midnight (1985)
  8. Good Sport, Bad Sport (1985)
  9. In Deep Water (1986)
  10. Mystery at Raider Stadium (1986)
  11. Daniel's Big Decision (1986)
  12. Before the Judge (1986)
Tara Chadwick series
  1. Springtime Discovery (1984)
  2. Time To Tell (1992)
  3. Operation Cemetery (1988)
  4. Scattered Flowers (1984)
Dallas O'Neil series

Dallas O'Neil & the Baker Street Sports Club series:

  1. The Secret Baseball Challenge (1986)
  2. The Scary Basketball Player (1986)
  3. The Mysterious Football Team (1986)
  4. The Weird Soccer Match (1986)
  5. The Strange Swimming Coach (1986)
  6. The Bizarre Hockey Tournament (1986)
  7. The Silent Track Star (1986)
  8. The Angry Gymnast (1986)

Dallas O'Neil Mysteries series:

  1. Mystery of the Kidnapped Kid (1988)
  2. Mystery of the Mixed-Up Teacher (1988)
  3. Mystery of the Missing Sister (1988)
  4. Mystery of the Scorpion Threat (1988)
  5. Mystery on the Midway (1989)
  6. Mystery of the Golden Palomino (1989)
  7. Mystery of the Skinny Sophomore (1989)
  8. Mystery of the Phony Murder (1989)
Left Behind series (with Tim LaHaye)

Left Behind series:

  1. Oct. 1995, Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (ISBN 0-8423-2912-9)
  2. Oct. 1996, Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (ISBN 0-8423-2921-8)
  3. Oct. 1997, Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist (ISBN 0-8423-2924-2)
  4. Aug. 1998, Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (ISBN 0-8423-2925-0)
  5. Feb. 1999, Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed (ISBN 0-8423-2926-9)
  6. Aug. 1999, Assassins: Assignment: Jerusalem, Target: Antichrist (ISBN 0-8423-2927-7)
  7. May. 2000, The Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession (ISBN 0-8423-2929-3)
  8. Nov. 2000, The Mark: The Beast Rules the World (ISBN 0-8423-3228-6)
  9. Oct. 2001, Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne (ISBN 0-8423-3229-4)
  10. Jul. 2002, The Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon (ISBN 0-8423-3230-8)
  11. Apr. 2003, Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (ISBN 0-8423-3236-7)
  12. Mar. 2004, Glorious Appearing: The End of Days (ISBN 0-8423-3237-5)
  13. Apr. 2007, Kingdom Come: The Final Victory (ISBN 0-8423-6061-1)

Before They Were Left Behind series (prequel):

  1. March 2005, The Rising: Before They Were Left Behind (ISBN 0-8423-6056-5)
  2. November 2005, The Regime: Before They Were Left Behind (ISBN 1-4143-0576-1)
  3. June 6, 2006, The Rapture (ISBN 1-4143-0580-X)

Left Behind: The Kids series (spin off):

  1. The Vanishings: Four Kids Face Earth's Last Days Together (1998)
  2. Second Chance: The Search For Truth (1998)
  3. Through the Flames: The Kids Risk Their Lives (1998)
  4. Facing the Future: Preparing for Battle (1998)
  5. Nicolae High: The Young Trib Force Goes Back to School (1999)
  6. The Underground: The Young Trib Force Fights Back (1999, with Chris Fabry)
  7. Busted!: The Young Trib Force Faces Pressure (2000, with Chris Fabry)
  8. Death Strike: The Young Trib Force Faces War (2000, with Chris Fabry)
  9. The Search: The Struggle to Survive (2000, with Chris Fabry)
  10. On the Run: The Young Trib Force Faces Danger (2000)
  11. Into the Storm: The Search for Secret Documents (2000, with Chris Fabry)
  12. Earthquake!: The Young Trib Force Faces Disaster (2000, with Chris Fabry)
  13. The Showdown: Behind Enemy Lines (2001, with Chris Fabry)
  14. Judgment Day: Into Raging Waters (2001, with Chris Fabry)
  15. Battling the Commander: The Hidden Cave (2001, with Chris Fabry)
  16. Fire from Heaven (2001, with Chris Fabry)
  17. Terror in the Stadium: Witnesses Under Fire (2001, with Chris Fabry)
  18. Darkening Skies: Judgment of Ice (2001, with Chris Fabry)
  19. Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts (2002)
  20. A Dangerous Plan: Race Against Time (2002, with Chris Fabry)
  21. Secrets of New Babylon: The Search for an Imposter (2002)
  22. Escape from New Babylon: Discovering New Believers (2002, with Chris Fabry)
  23. Horsemen of Terror: The Unseen Judgment (2002, with Chris Fabry)
  24. Uplink from the Underground: Showtime for Vicki (2002, with Chris Fabry)
  25. Death at the Gala: History in the Making (2003, with Chris Fabry)
  26. The Beast Arises: Unveiling the Plan (2003, with Chris Fabry)
  27. Wildfire: Into the Great Tribulation (2003, with Chris Fabry)
  28. The Mark of the Beast: Dilemma in New Bablyon (2003, with Chris Fabry)
  29. Breakout!: Believers in Danger (2003)
  30. Murder in the Holy Place: Carpathia's Deadly Deception (2003, with Chris Fabry)
  31. Escape to Masada: Joining Operation Eagle (2003, with Chris Fabry)
  32. War of the Dragon: Miracles in the Air (2003, with Chris Fabry)
  33. Attack on Petra: Through the Inferno (2004, with Chris Fabry)
  34. Bounty Hunters: Believers in the Crosshairs (2004, with Chris Fabry)
  35. The Rise of False Messiahs: Carpathia's Evil Tricks (2004)
  36. Ominous Choices: The Race for Life (2004, with Chris Fabry)
  37. Heat Wave: Surviving the Fourth Bowl Judgment (2004, with Chris Fabry)
  38. The Perils of Love: Breaking Through the Darkness (2004, with Chris Fabry)
  39. The Road to War: Facing the Guillotine (2004, with Chris Fabry)
  40. Triumphant Return: The New Jerusalem (2004, with Chris Fabry)
Toby Andrews and the Junior Deputies series
  1. House of Tunnels (1996)
  2. Man with a Terrible Secret (1996)
  3. The East Side Bullies (1995)
  4. The Neighborhood's Scariest Woman (1995)
The Global Air Troubleshooters series
  1. Crash at Cannibal Valley (1996)
  2. Terror in Branco Grande (1996)
  3. Disaster in the Yukon (1996)
The Soon series
  1. Soon: The Beginning of the End (2003)
  2. Silenced: The Wrath of God Descends (2004)
  3. Shadowed: The Final Judgment (2004)
The Red Rock Mysteries series (with Chris Fabry)
  1. Haunted Waters (2005)
  2. Stolen Secrets (2005)
  3. Missing Pieces (2005)
  4. Wild Rescue (2005)
  5. Grave Shadows (2005)
  6. Phantom Writer (2005)
  7. Double Fault (2005)
  8. Canyon Echos (2005)
  9. Instant Menace (2006)
  10. Escaping Darkness (2006)
  11. Windy City Danger (2006)
  12. Hollywood Holdup (2006)
  13. Hidden Riches (2006)
  14. Wind Chill (2006)
  15. Dead End (2006)
Renegade Spirit series (with John Perrodin)
  1. The Tattooed Rats (2006)
  2. Demon's Bluff (2007)
  3. Seclusion Point (2008)
The Jesus Chronicles series (with Tim LaHaye)
  1. John's Story: The Last Eyewitness (2006) (ISBN 0-399-15389-6)
  2. Mark's Story: The Gospel According to Peter (2007)
  3. Luke's Story: By Faith Alone (2009)
  4. Matthew's Story: From Sinner To Saint (2010)
The Wormling series (with Chris Fabry)
  1. The Book of the King (2007)
  2. The Sword of the Wormling (2007)
  3. The Changling (2007)
  4. The Minions of Time (2008)
  5. The Author's Blood (2008)
Precinct 11 series
  1. The Brotherhood (2011)
  2. The Betrayal (2011)
  3. The Breakthrough (2012)
The Thirteen series (with Trisha White Priebe)
  1. The Glass Castle (2016)
  2. The Ruby Moon (2013)
  3. The Paper Boat (2017)
Standalone novels
  • The Operative: A Novel (1987)
  • Rookie (1991)
  • The Deacon's Woman and Other Portraits (short stories, 1992)
  • Though None Go with Me (1997)
  • Twas the Night Before: A Love Story (1998)
  • Hometown Legend (2001)
  • The Youngest Hero (2002)
  • Riven (2003) (ISBN 978-1414309040)
  • Holding Heaven (2005)
  • Midnight Clear (2007, with Dallas Jenkins)
  • The Last Operative (2010)
  • I, Saul (2013, with James S. MacDonald) (ISBN 9781617950063)
  • Sudden Impact: An Airquest Adventure bind-up (3-books-in-1, 2013)
  • Empire's End: A Novel of the Apostle Paul (2015)
  • The Valley of Dry Bones: An End Times Novel (2016)

Comics[edit]

Left Behind Graphic Novel series (with Tim LaHaye)
  1. Left Behind: A Graphic Novel of Earth's Last Days (2001, with Aaron Lopresti, Jeffrey Moy)
  2. Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (2002, with Brian Augustyn)

Nonfiction[edit]

Autobiographies
  • Lessons Learned Early: The Wit and Wisdom of Jerry Jenkins (1990)
  • Life Flies When You're Having Fun (1993)
Biographies
  • Sammy Tippit: God's Love in Action (1973)
  • Bad Henry (1974, with Stanley C. Baldwin, Hank Aaron)
  • The World's Strongest Man (1975, with Paul Anderson)
  • Home Where I Belong (1978, with B. J. Thomas)
  • Sweetness (1978, with Walter Payton)
  • The Luis Palau Story (1980, with Luis Palau)
  • A Generous Impulse: The Story of George Sweeting (1987)
  • Meadowlark (1987, with Meadowlark Lemon)
  • Carry Me: Christine Wyrtzen's Discoveries on the Journey Into God's Arms (1988, with Christine Wyrtzen)
  • Out of the Blue (1989, with Orel Hershiser)
  • Commitment to Love (1989, with Deanna McClary)
  • Baby Mayfield (1989, with Larry Mayfield, Diane Mayfield)
  • Singletary on Singletary (1991, with Mike Singletary)
  • Joe Gibbs: Fourth and One (1991, with Joe Gibbs)
  • Miracle Man (1992, with Nolan Ryan)
  • I Almost Missed the Sunset: My Perspectives on Life and Music (1992, with Bill Gaither)
  • Miracle Man: Nolan Ryan, the Autobiography (1993, with Nolan Ryan)
  • No Matter What The Cost: An Autobiography (1993, with Sammy Tippit)
  • Field of Hope (1997, with Brett Butler)
  • God's Secret Agent (2001, with Sammy Tippit)
  • Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success (2009, with Joe Gibbs, Tony Dungy)
  • As Good as She Imagined: The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson, Christina-Taylor Green (2012, with Roxanna Green) (ISBN 1-61795-012-2)
  • The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life (2015, with Mike Matheny)
Documentary
  • The Night the Giant Rolled Over (1971)
  • The Men Behind Moody (1984, with Robert G. Flood)
  • Teaching the Word, Reaching the World (1985, Robert G. Flood)
  • Homecoming: The Story of Southern Gospel Music Through the Eyes of Its Best-Loved Performers (1997, with Bill Gaither)
Self-help
  • The Power Within You (1983, with Pat Williams)
  • Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion (1983, with George J. Thompson)
  • Keep the Fire Glowing (1985, with Pat Williams, Jill Williams)
  • Kindling: Daily Devotions for Busy Couples (1987, with Pat Williams, Jill Williams)
  • Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It (1989)
  • Just Between Us: Daily Thoughts for Busy Parents (1991, with Pat Williams, Jill Williams)
  • Twelve Things I Want My Kids to Remember Forever (1991)
  • As You Leave Home: Parting Thoughts from a Loving Parent (1993)
  • Winning at Losing: Lasting Weight Control from Someone Who's Living It (1993)
  • Addicted To Recovery: Exposing the False Gospel of Psychotherapy, Escaping the Trap of Victim... (1994, with Gary Almy, Carol Tharp Almy)
  • Still the One: Tender Thoughts from a Loving Spouse (1995)
  • And Then Came You: The Hopes and Dreams of Loving Parents (1996)
  • Perhaps Today: Living Everyday in the Light of Christ's Return (2001, with Tim LaHaye)
  • Left Behind Calendar: The Future Is Clear (2002)
  • Embracing Eternity: Living Each Day with a Heart Toward Heaven (2004, with Tim LaHaye, Frank M. Martin)
  • Jesus and the Hope of His Coming (2004, with Tim LaHaye)
  • Writing for the Soul: Instruction and Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life (2006)
Religion
  • Light On the Heavy: A Simple Guide to Understanding Bible Doctrines (1978)
  • Rekindled (1985, with Pat Williams, Jill Williams)
  • Hymns for Personal Devotions (1989)
  • Are We Living in the End Times? (1999, with Tim LaHaye)
  • God Always Keeps His Promises (2003, with Tim LaHaye)
  • The Promise of Heaven (2003, with Tim LaHaye)
  • These Will Not Be Left Behind: Incredible Stories of Lives Transformed After Reading the Left Behind Novels (2003, with Tim LaHaye and Norman Rohrer)
  • The Authorized Left Behind Handbook (2005, with Tim LaHaye, Sandi L. Swanson)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The children/young adult fiction by Jerry B. Jenkins
  2. ^ "Tim & Beverly LaHaye: General Teachings/Activities". Biblical Discernment Ministries. Accessed Dec. 14, 2007.
  3. ^ "General FAQ". Left Behind. Tyndale House Publishers. 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 'God looks on the heart,' related Jerry B. Jenkins. 'He was a believer first, and thus, always.'
  4. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Margo-Mysteries-Jerry-B-Jenkins/dp/0898770017/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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