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Like everything else this millennium-obsessed year, Grace Halsell’s book Forcing God’s Hand: Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture—and Destruction of Planet Earth talks about people who think that the end might actually be near. When the ball does drop, they say, it will be brought down by God—not Dick Clark. Members of my immediate family are practicing (read: knocking) Jehovah’s Witnesses, and while the sect is widely regarded as creepy and annoying, it shares many beliefs with the rest of Christendom—in particular, that not everyone will die in Armageddon. My question has always been this: How do the survivors enjoy their everlasting lives knowing that their closest friends and relatives have died for incongruent beliefs? No offense to God in all His glory, but were I offered bliss knowing that my mom, brother, and sisters had perished for lack of faith, I’d pass. Halsell signs copies of Forcing God’s Hand at 6:30 p.m. at the Jerusalem Fund, 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. (202) 338-1958. (Neil Drumming)