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Top Three Post Apocalyptic Christian Fiction Faves - Vix Picks for Christian Patriots

Updated on September 11, 2014

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The term "End Times" is popping up more and more in headlines crossing all media.

I've been hearing about the end times prophesies and current events as they relate to such prophesies for as long as I can remember, though it wasn't fiction. It was faith based gospel preaching.

It's no surprise I gravitated to fictional books on those themes from a young age. I come from a family that has preachers, youth ministry directors, choir members and choir leaders in two different denominations of the Christian faith.

Follow along with me to scope out three books that are my personal favorites, read again and again. Some you will expect, one not so much I'm thinking.

The label of Post Apocalyptic Christian Fiction is one of my own devising, here. While one recommended book, actually a book series, was written just for that purpose, the other two really were not. What's up with that?

It's a matter of taking a side and a stand after the world goes down the tubes. Its really an ancient plot that gets told again and again in every faith around the world. Fiction loves to play around with it too. Why not?

Keep going to get a surprise here and there, revisit some old classics from back in the day and see why I feel all three of these must reads really do fit the description. Check it out.Image credit; by Cloud Productions.

Swan Song
Swan Song

Two of the books on this list were clearly written for the horror genre.

They still fit.

The genre I term Post Apocalyptic Christian Fiction is fascinating to me for a few reasons. It is really a mixture of horror, fantasy, paranormal, adventure and drama. Such books show a theme that has been in popular literature since stories were written in pictures on cave walls. It's the story of good verses evil.

Another thing I find so compelling within these books is the mixture of joy with sorrow, the thrill of triumph right alongside the agony of defeat all leading up to what can only be called the crescendo that rings on long after the last note is sung.

The twist is most stories depict "a" battle where as these specific stories depict "the" final battle.Regardless of faith or the lack thereof, these books are riveting tales full of romance, intrigue and on the edge of your seat action. Let's take a peek at why these three books, Left Behind, The Stand and Swan Song are so very awesome.

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Left Behind Complete Original 12 Volume Set: Left Behind, Tribulation Force, Nicolae, Soul Harvest, Apollyon, Assassins, the Indwelling, the Mark, Desecration, the Remnant, Armageddon, Glorious Appearing (Left Behind Series)
Left Behind Complete Original 12 Volume Set: Left Behind, Tribulation Force, Nicolae, Soul Harvest, Apollyon, Assassins, the Indwelling, the Mark, Desecration, the Remnant, Armageddon, Glorious Appearing (Left Behind Series)

Read this epic series to see how multiple people are drawn together to stand for God in the final days. See how these authors envision Revelations unfolding.

This series is not new. It's amazing how many things the authors wrote in relation to governments, world events and behavioral trends around the world that were only imaginings at the time, but are headlines right now, today.

 

Number one recommended Vix Pick for Patriots Post Apocalyptic Christian Fiction book series is Left Behind. I so love this series.

Spanning over a decade, authors Jerry Jenkins and Tim LeHaye wove a masterpiece adored around the world. Most would say the story revolves around the main character, Rayford Steele, a pilot that got literally left behind when Jesus took his church in the rapture. Rayford is too cool and I love him, but for me, the main character is Cameron "Buck" Williams.

Buck is a young journalist. He's smart as a tack and on top of his game. Our story begins with him covering the biggest story of his life while Rayford flies a jet full of folks.

In the blink of an eye, thousands of people all over the world simply vanish leaving behind no trace other than the clothes they were wearing.Can you imagine the global chaos as pilots disappear while piloting planes, taxi and bus drivers vanish while behind the wheel? That's just the beginning. The intensity, the action, the edge of your seat pull to turn the pages never lets up.

The Left Behind series became so popular it was made into a movie.

Left Behind - The Movie
Left Behind - The Movie

While I love Kirk Cameron who plays Buck so well, the movie doesn't touch the book. They never can but it's still pretty cool.

Part one introduces us to the main players on the world stage as events unfold ticking down to the ultimate showdown in the history of the world.

One of my favorite things about this book series and the movie is how honestly it portrays people's reactions in the face of such life altering change. From the panic to the inevitable governmental spins to mask things, it's all there.

Right now, Israel is under attack. Be sure to check out what this fictional tale supposes happens because guys and gals. I'm hear to tell you it's an awesome ride.

 

Left Behind Official Trailer (2013) with Nicolas Cage

Trailers and remakes. You can't keep a good story down.

Check out the trailers for the original movies and the new remake with Nicholas Cage.

Further included are the entire first three movies.

These movies are inspirational and clean but may not be appropriate for all ages. Enjoy!

Left Behind (2000) - Trailer

The Stand Hardcover 2013 January 1, 1978 by Stephen KING (Author)
The Stand Hardcover 2013 January 1, 1978 by Stephen KING (Author)

A masterpiece that set the bar for epic horror. King went so above and beyond.

The Stand
The Stand

Epic does not do this justice. There are so many characters but each is distinctive. The relationships and ways one influences the other in relation to events and characters is intricately woven. There are not many books that have literally brought tears to my eyes. This one did.

It's not just the characters either. See how what we value and devote so much time to in our supposed modern civilization crashes to a screaming halt overnight.

Think about it. Can you imagine life where all electricity, grocery stores, medical care, communication all just ends? King does just that in the most believable and terrifying way.

 

Number two recommended Vix Pick for Patriots Post Apocalyptic Christian Fiction book is The Stand.

Steven King's masterpiece is most often categorized as horror. What could be more horrific than the Apocalypse?

The full version of this book is an epic novel, arguably the best of its kind every written. Our story starts with the outbreak of a pandemic that sweeps the world in a matter of days.

After the decimation of the human population, those that remain start to gravitate towards the polar opposites of good and evil.

Considering modern headlines, the book really stands out to me now in a way it did not when I first read it. I've seen the popular mini series based on the book many times too. In the past, they both put me in mind of super bugs engineered by governments for sinister purposes.

Today, I'm looking at it through the super skeptical eyes of modern headlines. In America, what's been labeled the Border Crisis is "the" headline of the day.

Many reports posit that terrorists are coming over the border of the United States in droves along with a million poor and terrified children.

If my twisted, having read too many novels brain could come up with the idea that there's no better way to spread bio-engineered disease than by sending it about in innocent children, I have no doubt many enemies of freedom thought of it long ago.

The Stand's portrayal of a deadly epidemic spreading across the world starting with but one errant individual takes on a whole new level of terror when considered in light of the current situation.

Image credit; by Steven King.

Stephen King's The Stand
Stephen King's The Stand

This 80's mini series captivated audiences night after night. To this day, the portrayal of the ultimate bad guy, Randall Flag, still gives me chills. Let's just say he's really not what one might expect. Love, hate, intrigue, romance and heroic deeds dance together towards the final stand.

There's another guy here that really stands out for me, Trashcan man. This guy is a bad guy but anyone interested in psychology or mental illness has to check this guy out. It's a fascinating look into the influence of the past abuse upon current choices.

 

The Stand has yet to be equaled.

Check out the trailer for the original mini series based on Steven King's The Stand.

The Stand Movie Trailer (1994)

Number three recommended Vix Pick for Patriots Post Apocalyptic Christian Fiction book is Swan Song.

Not surprisingly, others have compared this to The Stand.

Some folks even went as far as to say it's a copy. Having read it four times, I don't agree. There are some similarities. Chiefly mentioned is the fact that both novels show a polarizing effect upon the "end" of civilization. Another thing the novels share is an epic quality and characters that are so believable, so honest, so lovable.

One of my favorite things about Swan Song is that two of the main characters are children. Watch them grow to become the leaders of each side. This is markedly different from King's vision and presented in such a gripping, terrifying and yet at the same time endearing way.

Here's another major difference between the two books, Swan Song never touches on the issue of Salvation or Christ. To me, it still fits the category because we can so clearly see the demarcation of sides regardless of terminology.

Some say there is no way this book fits into anything labeled Christian because a character, not Christ, is portrayed as the savior of the world. I disagree greatly. The character in question does save some things but does not pose his or herself (I'm not giving it away) as such. In fact, said character often prays for protection for self and others.

Who wouldn't at the end of the world?While there are so many characters both lovable and truly despicable, check it out to meet Roland and Swan. Watch as two innocent children grow up. To me, looking at the choices made in response to the insanity they are thrust into is a fascinating journey through how one is a product not only of our choices but further of what we are exposed to, how each in turn effects the other.

Imaged credit; blowing up Amazon.

It's old, but still as captivating today as it was the day it was written. For something so old, it sure does fit in well today.

Our story starts with the nuclear attacks on the world humanity has feared for over half a century.

Swan Song
Swan Song

Come along on an epic journey through hell on earth.Meet normal people called to greatness be it for the good or the terrible for there are both.

Lovers of fantasy, horror, children and nature will adore this vision of a nightmare future. What survives and what doesn't?

Check it out.

 

Which ones have you read?

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That's all folks.

To recap things...

We just took a brief tour of three of my favorite works in the Post Apocalyptic Christian Fiction genre.

Regardless of one thinking that perhaps there are suggestions of truth between said stories and current headlines or not, each is a stellar read. Enjoy three epic adventure rides as you turn the pages.

Made in America for free by me at Cooltext
Made in America for free by me at Cooltext

Hang on people, the world is getting to be one heck of a bumpy ride. Between wars, terrorism, climate problems, super storms, crime, disease, famine and more problems than we can all shake a stick at, we're in this together. Love each other and do what you can where you can.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? - What about other related books, please share your favorites.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @kindigjerri: Thank you so much for an awesome comment. I am not familiar with Victoria Sutton's work but am looking forward to becoming so. I'm really interested to hear her thoughts on the possibility of such happening. There exists such a gambit of thought on the subject you know never know what you might hear. I hope you enjoy the new remake with Cage and Swan Song. My copy is so old it's falling apart but I love it with a passion. God bless and thanks bunches for the intro to Sutton!

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      kindigjerri 3 years ago

      I don't know how good the Nick Cage take on the Left Behind story will be, but I will see it none the less. I have been reading a lot lately on how the movies portray these end of days stories.Victoria Sutton's The Things That Keep Us Up At Night. She talks about what she calls a sub genre of horror movies that are these post apocalyptic stories. reelbiohorror.com is her site. She doesn't talk to much about the spiritual side, but more the science and likelihood of these movies accurately portraying what could happen. I watch these movies differently now. I have not yet read Swan Song, I will have to get right on it! Great post!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Merrci: Thank you so much for your awesome comment. I loved them and The Stand. Of all the works I've read by King, not near all but many, The Stand is by far my favorite. I love Swan Song so much my only copy is literally coming apart. It's old, 70's I think but really an enchanting read. It's a much faster read than The Stand too. Thank you so much for you kind words. God bless and enjoy the reads :).

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens! I've read all but the last couple of the Left Behind series. Loved them! They were fast moving, thoughtful books that would/should appeal to anyone. They were very well done. The Stand is in my top 10 favorite books. It was excellent! Since I loved those choices, I will definitely have to read Swan Song too, to see what I think. Great last paragraph too, Poetvix. So glad you shared this.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you so much for your awesome comment. I would avoid "The Stand" if you don't want to swim in the horrific for sure. "Swan Song", to me, is worse in the graphic parts so really stay away from it. While I do love it, parts of it have haunted me since first reading it decades ago. I think you will really enjoy "Left Behind." The situation is horrific for sure, but there's so much love, so much joy in fellowship and winning souls to Christ, it really balances well. The company that made the movie, Cloud Ten I think, has made many movies on this subject. None are high budget or Hollywood type productions, but all are moving and honest. Check them out. You can watch them all for free on Youtube. God bless you!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I haven't read any of them yet, poetvix, but your review was gripping! Now you've enticed me to check them out. I stopped READING Stephen King because he is a really vivid writer and the horror was too much for my mind since I love descriptions and can imagine very well when I read. So I can't promise I'll be reading that one any time soon. I will however get 'Left Behind' that sounds really interesting minus too much horror :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @asereht1970: I bet you would like them. I bet you can find a free download online. :) God bless you.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: I thought so too and the book even better. King rules. Blessings.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      I have heard of them but not read them as of yet.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      They sound familiar but I haven't read any of them yet.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I haven't read any of these, but I have seen a couple of the movies. The Stand was so good.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @PaigSr: If you get a chance, check out a few. You won't be bored :). God bless.