Thursday, October 13, 2011

There is Only One Way to Kill a Zombie

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook, Slaying the Living Dead Within by Jeff Kinley

You have to admit it—the title of this book grabs you!  I am not even a zombie lovin’ kind of gal, but I was curious as to how this book would unfold.  I did think that it was a novel, however, that is only a small part this book.  Each section is set up with an Episode that is the story portion with the Chapter following more along the lines of a Bible study.

From the book’s description , “The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook delivers a fresh, relevant look at the doctrines of sin, grace, and salvation.”  I believe it achieves this goal.  It basically equates the Living Dead with our sinful nature that keeps rising up inside us again and again.  That “old self” really just has one purpose, like the zombies, to destroy us.  And like the zombies, there is only one way to eradicate them so they, and sin, no longer come back to “life”.

The novel portion of the book is engaging; a little cheesy in a couple of parts, but I was kept wanting to know what was going to happen next.  It was hard not to skip to the next portion of the novel without first reading the study that goes with each Episode.  The Bible study portion is no holds barred.  Jeff Kinley does not whitewash sin and leaves no doubt about the only way to conquer the zombie living inside each one of us.

There is a warning on the back of the book saying this book is not for younger audiences.  There is talk of blood, eating brains, and shooting zombies throughout, so it is not for children.  However, the Bible Study chapter Descent should be more disturbing, because it is real, than anything covered in the fiction portion of the book.

I asked our Youth Pastor if he wanted to look through this book for future use.  There happened to be a young man, 19 or 20 years old, listening to our conversation.  When I mentioned the name of the book he said, “ooo!”  I asked if he had read it.  He had not, but he really likes zombie movies and such.  I believe this is the group of people who will get the most out of this book. 

This book was provided by BookSneeze free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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