"Gribben provides rich analytical context in this compelling and a much-needed historical look at prophecy fiction. Writing the Rapture brings both the popular and trans-Atlantic side of the history of dispensationalism to life."--Amy Frykholm, author of Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America
"Crawford Gribben has accomplished an unusual feat in this fine book: he has shown why apparently "ephemeral" literature should be taken seriously and why doing so allows for very serious reflection on American religious history in general. Gribben, from Ireland, has written wisely and well on a profoundly American phenomenon." --Mark Noll, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
"How have novels depicting the end times become so popular in contemporary America? Crawford Gribben analyses the process, carefully and sympathetically, in terms of the changing evangelical perceptions of the twentieth century." --David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling.
"Gribben's book is a must-read for any scholar interested in prophecy fiction specifically and twentieth and twenty-first-century Protestant fiction more generally. ...This book will become a standard work for all interested in more contemporary Protestant publishing. Religious and cultural historians, as well as literary critics, will find great rewards nestled on almost every page of his work." --American Historical Review
"Gribben's study is commendable for its clear descriptions of the early development and later phenomenal success of fictional depictions of the rapture. It undertakes the complicated task of placing the novels against the backdrop of American evangelical and fundamentalist traditions, maintaining a balance of perspectives throughout."--H-Pentecostalism: H-Net Reviews
"The most comprehensive and informative examination to date of 'prophecy fiction'... Writing the Rapture is a must read for anyone with a scholarly interest in prophecy fiction, with the evolution of dispensationalism, or with the history of American evangelicalism." --Nova Religio
Crawford Gribben is Professor of Early Modern British History School of History and Anthropology at Queen's University.