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The Left Behind Series

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

One of the best series ever written. LaHaye and Jenkins did a wonderful job putting the events leading to the end of mankind into story context. Whether you know your bible or not, this is an excellent story. These writers have taken the bible and brought it to life through their eyes. This story really begins with the book titled The Rising. Then there are two others that lead you into the 12 book series of God coming back for his people and the end times with the seven seal judgements and all the rest. If you are looking for a book with plenty of suspense and action…read these books! They are great! I do not want to go into the story in fear of giving something away, but Rayford Steel is an unbeliever on a flight one night when his whole world gets turned upside down along with ever other non believer.
Wonderful books. I will be purchasing them all and reading them again. 5 stars, a must read in my opinion!

Categories: Books

Enquire Within Upon Everything

Stop me if you’ve done this before: you’re watching TV, and you hear about a person, place, or thing you know nothing about. Wasting not a minute, you run to your computer to hit up Wikipedia. In minutes, you know all about whatever it was you were ignorant about moments ago.

Obviously, this has been happening for much of man’s sorry existence, and Wikipedia has only been around to help us for a few years. But before Wikipedia, there was Enquire Within Upon Everything. Not quite an almanac, not quite an encyclopedia, this deceptively small reference guide offered bite-sized instructions to people for years at the turn of the century. From how to do needlework, to how to tell if your bread is adulterated with alum, to how to remove stains from carpet, Enquire addresses pretty much every need people could have in 5 pages or less. I feel pretty confident saying that, provided you could read it,  you probably had no problems in life back in the day if you had this book (except possibly World War I and deadly flu epidemics).

As an enthusiast of antique self-help and reference literature, I was pleased as punch to get a copy of this fine book, which has seen mention as a fixture of life in classic literature by authors such as Agatha Christie and P.G. Woodhouse. Collectors should have no trouble getting ahold of this book since about 90 billion copies were printed during its publishing life. However, be aware that the book will most likely be damaged due to the heavy use it probably received (this was not meant to sit on a shelf) and tracking down a specific edition may be a little tricky (as of the edition I own, there had been over fifty previous editions). Enquire Within Upon Everything can be considered the English counterpart to America’s seminal Old Farmer’s Almanac, and is not only an amusing and historical read, but includes advice which is as prescient today as it was almost a century ago (except for the parts about alum in your bread).