Top Evangelical Leader and Bestselling Author Dies

Tim LaHaye, an evangelical leader and the author of more than 60 books, died Monday in a San Diego hospital at the age of 90.

LaHaye is best known for penning the 16-book Left Behind series with Jerry B. Jenkins. The books sold more than 80 million copies and topped the bestseller lists of The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and the Christian Booksellers Association.

Pastor Jerry Falwell, a friend of LaHaye, told Time magazine in 2005: “In terms of its impact on Christianity, it’s probably greater than that of any other book in modern times, outside the Bible.”

His co-author Jenkins said: “The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor’s heart and lived to share his faith. He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing. If Tim was missing from the autograph table or the green room of a network television show, he was likely in a corner praying with someone he just met- from a reader to a part-time bookstore stock clerk to a TV network anchorman.”

LaHaye co-founded the Institute for Creation Research with the late Dr. Henry Morris. He also founded two Christian high schools, a system of 10 Christian schools, and what is now San Diego Christian College.

LaHaye wrote about his marriage on Facebook during his recent wedding anniversary: “69 years ago today I married the love of my life, Beverly LaHaye. She has been my faithful partner in marriage, parenthood, ministry, and many things we never dreamed. We are still in love today! God has been faithful to us and we continue to claim as our life verse, Proverbs 3:5 & 6, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.’”

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