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General Information

Name:  Jerry Bruce Jenkins  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Inspirational

Born: 1949 in Kalamazoo, Michigan


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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