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Jerry B. Jenkins Reflects on His, Son Dallas Jenkins’ Success: ‘Incredible Ride’

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Jerry B. Jenkins Reflects on His, Son Dallas Jenkins’ Success: ‘Incredible Ride’

By Movieguide® Contributor 

In a recent interview with CBN News, Jerry B. Jenkins, the father of THE CHOSEN creator Dallas Jenkins, spoke about his and his son’s success.

“It’s been an incredible ride, and when we think of lightning striking the same family twice in a generation, it just kind of blows us away,” Jenkins shared. 

Jenkins wrote the popular “Left Behind” series, which focuses on the end times. 

“I was in my mid-40s when ‘Left Behind’ hit 28 years ago, and now Dallas is in his mid-to-late 40s, and, you know, this has hit him. He used to be known as Jerry Jenkins’ son. I’m now known as Dallas Jenkins’ father,” he explained.

The first book in the series was released in 1995. Fifteen more books followed, along with several movies.

The author also opened up about why his books resonated with and continue to impact people.

“People were desperate for answers they were curious about the future…” Jenkins began. “I think they were just curious and desperate, and, as you say, you know, that series, it’s in the 63 million range now, and it’s still selling to this day several thousand units a month. It just blows us away.”

Jenkins’ latest project centers around his son’s THE CHOSEN Season 3. 

His novel, “The Chosen: And I Will Give You Rest,” is the third installment in his series inspired by the hit Bible-based series. 

In it, “…we see Jesus healing the sick, preaching the Sermon on the Mount, feeding the five thousand, and raising the dead. We see his enemies growing ever more determined to silence him. And we see his very human disciples struggling with their own questions and concerns, believing in but not yet understanding their Messiah,” a summary reads. 

Jenkins also wrote books based on seasons one and two. Movieguide® reported:

Usually, a movie or TV show is based on a novel. In this case, the show my son created is obviously based on the Bible, but the novels that I’m writing to accompany each season are based on the show,” he explained. “So it’s a backward deconstruction. I’m watching the episodes sometimes 20 times and trying to add inner monologue, responses, feelings and emotions of the characters. I’m explaining stuff in the story that people might not have understood when they see it on the screen.

Through all his work, Jenkins wants “people to know Jesus and those who know him I want them to love him more.” 

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