Monday, October 24, 2011

book review: christian zombies killer's handbook

title: The Christian Zombie Killer's Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within
author: Jeff Kinley
publisher: Thomas Nelson
year: 2011

Zombies are big. I’m not really into Zombies, although I know people who are. So when I had the opportunity to review this book, I took the bait. It actually turned out to be not too bad a book. (If I’d have had to pay for it, I would have been able to resist, but since Thomas Nelson Publishers was offering an eCopy for free in exchange for this review...)

In summary the story is about a virus that makes flesh-eating zombies from everyday men and women. Kinley uses zombies as a metaphor to describe the decaying spirituality of men and women since the beginning of time. 

The book's sections on the problem of sin and it's salvation are interspersed with a fictional story about a protagonist named Ben. Ben (and his friends) are dealing with a plague of zombies. Author Jeff Kinley alternates chapters between the on-going fictional Zombie story analogy and some good solid biblical instruction. Don't get caught up in whether zombies really exist or what they are like. But the analogy is interesting and the teaching was right on target—clearly stated, easy to follow and understand. If Kinley’s goal was to present this message to an audience of people who might not otherwise be interested in learning about sin and what the Bible has to say about conquering it, then he found an interesting way to reach that goal. One of the negative things about a book like this is that there are times when it feels like I was reading two books at the same time. 

But aside from that back and forth, which some may find a distraction, Kinley does a good job addressing the problem of sin. I like his description of awareness of the devil as detecting "An invisible stench in the space we occupy." 

The main focus of the book is dealing with your inner zombie. 

All-in-all it is an interesting read, not one that I’d normally read but interesting none the less. I’d recommend this book only if your already interested in zombies, and more particularly if your interested in eradicating that smudged part of your spirit that was tainted the day Adam fell.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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