Best Quotes from Jerry B. Jenkins

By | May 6, 2017

Ironically, in today’s marketplace successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable, while successful fiction must be believable.

Jerry B. Jenkins

I don’t see success as the goal. Obedience is the goal.

Jerry B. Jenkins

When I was a junior camp counselor and it was my job to tell the campers a bedtime story or devotional, I would tell them a rapture story.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Actually ‘Soon’ has more than the Left Behind series, but I really believe less is more.

Jerry B. Jenkins

As for dialogue, I think it keeps things moving to cut to the chase.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Books that do a tenth of what Left Behind has done are smashing successes.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Broken relationships are a source of heavy heartbreak that seem to affect every family.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Fiction has a unique role in conveying Truth. In fact, only fiction that is Truth with a capital T is worthwhile.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Funny, I don’t feel any more powerful today than yesterday.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special – and True – is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message.

Jerry B. Jenkins

He just kind of talks them through, and then I get the fun part cause I get to make up the stories.

Jerry B. Jenkins

I fear it’s because religion is man’s attempt to reach God, and when he feels he has succeeded, he cannot abide anyone else’s claim to have done the same.

Jerry B. Jenkins

I love inventing worlds and characters and settings and scenarios.

Jerry B. Jenkins

I put off writing the first Left Behind book for a year because I got invited to assist Billy Graham in his memoirs, and had we known what we were putting off for a year, we might not have put it off.

Jerry B. Jenkins

I was raised as a Christian but the transaction has to be made by yourself – you and God – at some point.

Jerry B. Jenkins

I was raised in a Christian home and, in fact, my mother led me to Christ as a youngster.

Jerry B. Jenkins

I’ve written enough books with real celebrities, such as Walter Payton and Hank Aaron and Billy Graham, to know that fame looks good only to people who don’t have it.

Jerry B. Jenkins

In my opinion, Jesus is God’s attempt to reach man. But while I believe Jesus is the way to God, it makes no sense to hate people who disagree.

Jerry B. Jenkins

In the prequel we’re going to tell about the characters before Left Behind, and the book would end with the rapture instead of start with the rapture like the first one did.

Jerry B. Jenkins

It’s made me more expectant of the imminent return of Jesus, and also more sensitive to the people around me. Knowing Jesus will return soon makes me want all the more to tell people about him and all that he offers.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Left Behind takes what to some people may be unbelievable predictions from the Bible and shows how they might play out. It makes the events of biblical prophecy understandable and thus believable.

Jerry B. Jenkins

My dream remains to inform and entertain through fiction in the form of novels and movies that compete in the marketplace of ideas.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Of course, bad marriages are so pervasive that they have invaded the faith community too.

Jerry B. Jenkins

People are scared to death and they’re looking for something beyond themselves.

Jerry B. Jenkins

People want to find out what happens to the characters, and want to keep reading, and turning the pages.

Jerry B. Jenkins

SOON was the first novel where I used a rough outline. Usually I have characters and an idea and write as a process of discovery. Like working without a net.

Jerry B. Jenkins

The Christian market has less competition and lower standards.

Jerry B. Jenkins

The theater of the mind is impossible to compete with, and I like the idea that with a few suggestions, each reader forms in his or her own mind what a character or a place looks like.

Jerry B. Jenkins

The uninitiated have real questions and valid concerns over how the things of God appear to them.

Jerry B. Jenkins

There is a comfort zone of knowing where things are going and having characters in place, but the action gets more and more dramatic and is very challenging to describe.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Tim sends me a fairly ambitious workup in notebook form noting the passages we’re going to cover and the chronology of the biblical events, and his commentaries on those things he’s read and written.

Jerry B. Jenkins

When you come to Christ as a real young person, I think when you become a teen-ager either you rebel or you search, doubt, and wonder.

Jerry B. Jenkins

While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor, publisher, book publisher, executive, etc., so I was established in publishing. three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports stars and really opened doors for me in that area.

Jerry B. Jenkins

Writers write. Dreamers talk about it.

Jerry B. Jenkins

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