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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jerry Bruce Jenkins  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Inspirational

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1949 in Kalamazoo, Michigan


-- Website -- http://www.jerryjenkins.com
-- Jerry Bruce Jenkins on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=jerry+bruce+jenkins


Illinois Connection

Jerry Jenkins attended colleges in Chicago Illinois. He worked at WMBI-FM Radio in Chicago from 1967-1968. He then worked for the Des Plaines Publishing company in Des Plaines, Illinois. He lived in Zion, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jenkins is a novelist and biographer. He is the former vice president for publishing and now chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.He is best known as co-author of the ''Left Behind'' series of books with Tim LaHaye. Jenkins has written over 180 books, including romance novels, mysteries, and children's adventures, as well as non-fiction. His works usually feature evangelical Christians as protagonists.Sixteen of his books have reached the New York Times bestseller list. His writings have appeared in many periodicals, including ''Reader's Digest'', ''Parade'', and ''Guideposts''. His children and young adult book series include both mystery and sports-themed books. From 1996 to 2004, Jenkins was writer of the sports-oriented comic strip ''Gil Thorp''. He has written "as-told-to" biographies of Hank Aaron, Brett Butler, Bill Gaither, Orel Hershiser, Luis Palau, Walter Payton, Nolan Ryan, Sammy Tippit, George Sweeting, and others. Over a period of 13 months, he assisted Dr. Billy Graham with his 1997 autobiography, ''Just As I Am''.


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Titles At Your Library

Riven
ISBN: 141430904X

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2008

When a condemned man with nothing to lose meets one with nothing to gain, everyone washed by the endless ripples of that encounter will forever recall the day a little bit of heaven invaded a whole lot of hell. Brady Wayne Darby and Thomas Carey could hardly have been more disparate individuals. Yet when Darby, a no-account loser raised in a dingy suburban trailer park, encounters Carey, a weary man of God, an entire—state indeed, a nation—is affected. Embark on a wondrous journey where death, guilt, and despair are unfathomably trumped by rebirth, forgiveness, and hope.

Author Jerry Jenkins says: “This is the novel I have always wanted to write. I determine whether a fiction idea has merit by how long it stays with me. Does it rattle in my brain, and do I find myself telling it to my wife and other confidants? Is it the type of a tale that will draw me back to the keyboard every day? Two-thirds of my published books have been novels, and only three have had that effect on me. I give my all to every one, but special joy and anticipation attend those that genuinely feel like the best ideas. Riven is my fourth such labor of love. The two main characters have remained in my memory since high school 40 years ago. The story idea is perhaps 20 years old. And those mystical, interweaving elements I hope make it all work have been tugging at me for more than a decade. If a novelist has a life's work, this is mine. I hope in the end you agree and that Riven stays with you long after the final page.”

Seclusion Point (Renegade Spirit Series #3)
ISBN: 1595544011

Thomas Nelson Inc. 2008

After leaving the relative safety and friendship he found in Demon's Bluff, Patch ends up in Boxcar Flats, Kansas, where he is immediately at odds with the community church leaders and is placed under house arrest for asking questions they don't think he should ask. Original.

The Author's Blood (The Wormling)
ISBN: 1414301596

Tyndale Kids. 2008

“Nothing special” is the best way to describe Owen Reeder―at least that's what he's been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father's bookstore, Owen's ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn't even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: his and the unknown world of the Lowlands. Don't miss the exciting conclusion to the Wormling series (Book 5, The Author's Blood).

The Minions of Time (The Wormling)
ISBN: 1414301588

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2008

“Nothing special” is the best way to describe Owen Reeder―at least that's what he's been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father's bookstore, Owen's ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn't even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: his and the unknown world of the Lowlands. Don't miss the exciting conclusion to the Wormling series (Book 5, The Author's Blood).


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Contact Information Jerry B. Jenkins P.O. Box 88288 Black Forest, CO 80908