Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man's Ferociously Funny Quest  -     By: Matt Mikalatos
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What does a transformed life actually look like? In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos tackles this question in an entertaining and thought-provoking way: with monsters! As Christians, we claim to experience Christ's resurrection power, but we sometimes act like werewolves who can't control our base desires. Or zombies-90 percent shambling death and 10 percent life. Yet through it all, we are longing to become fully human, the way Christ intended . . . we just can't seem to figure out how. Night of the Living Dead Christian is the story of Luther, a werewolf on the run, desperate to find someone who can help him conquer his inner beast before it's too late. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this spiritual allegory boldly explores the monstrous underpinnings of our nature and our quest for Christlikeness.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414338805
ISBN-13: 9781414338804
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What does a transformed life actually look like?
In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos tackles this question in an entertaining and thought-provoking way—with MONSTERS!!! While Christians claim to experience Christ’s resurrection power, we sometimes act like werewolves who can’t control our base desires. Or zombies, experiencing a resurrection that is 90 percent shambling death and 10 percent life. Or vampires, satiating ourselves at the expense of others. But through it all we long to stop being monsters and become truly human—the way Christ intended. We just can’t seem to figure out how.

Night of the Living Dead Christian is the story of Luther, a werewolf on the run, whose inner beast has driven him dangerously close to losing everything that matters. Desperate to conquer his dark side, Luther joins forces with Matt to find someone who can help. Yet their time is running out. A powerful and mysterious man is on their trail, determined to kill the wolf at all costs . . .

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Night of the Living Dead Christian is a spiritual allegory that boldly explores the monstrous underpinnings of our nature and tackles head-on the question of how we can ever hope to become truly transformed.

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  1. Plesion
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Lame humor, not an engaging or believable story
    October 21, 2012
    Plesion
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    A friend loaned this to me and said I "might" like it. I'm glad I didn't buy it, because I found little to like. Granted, this genre of "literature" (sci-fi? fantasy? horror? weird?) isn't my favorite, but I try to keep an open mind, and I'm always mildly curious about anyone claiming to be a "Christian humorist." However, every book, whatever the genre, has to have a certain "logic" that makes it all hang together, and certainly that is true of some of the better sci-fi writers like Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein, and that kind of logic just isn't here. With the better sort of fantasy or sci-fi, the author convinces you that his imaginary world really exists somewhere, but Night of the Living Dead Christian doesn't work that way. On top of that, the author seems to be attempting humor but it is extremely lame, and many times while reading it I felt the sort of "cringy" feel you get at a party where some guy keeps telling really bad jokes and embarrassing himself.

    I gather the author has a very low opinion of most Christians, regarding them as "zombies," a favorite cultural stereotype of the secular left, and apparently one that even Christian publishing houses have embraced. Since the novel is intended to be comic, the book is the equivalent of someone insulting you repeatedly, then afterward digging you in the ribs and saying, "Hey, guy, I was just kidding!" - i.e., use humor as a cover for contempt, and when the object of the contempt reacts with indignation, throw up his hands, and say "Sheesh, the poor guy has no sense of humor!"

    Tyndale has published some excellent books in the past, but they seem to have gone off the rails in recent years, releasing many books that are trendy and shallow. I suppose they justify that by observing that this is a culture full of very trendy and shallow people won simply don't have the mental or spiritual maturity to read high-quality books. I hate to see the gospel "dumbed-down" to such a low level, but I guess this was inevitable with so many people's brains deadened by video games and such.
  2. jglass
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 28, 2012
    jglass
    I think that after reading this book that I will be looking for werewolves and zombies more closely in my own church! A funny and interesting read.
  3. Deena Peterson
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not as good as previous work
    July 13, 2012
    Deena Peterson
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did Matt's previous book, "Imaginary Jesus". Then again, I had to pick up IJ a few times before it really grabbed me and pulled me in.

    Matt does write with wit and his insights can be piercingly accurate at times. His narrative style is strong and he doesn't waste words telling you something when he can just take you along for the ride.

    I really wanted to like this book. The title and cover art are both catchy, and the message of the book is needed by many in today's church. For some reason, this one just didn't hold my attention. I kept picking it up, reading a few pages and then putting it down and forgetting about it.

    Could be that I need to be in a certain frame of mind to appreciate Matt's writing. I'm not sure. Matt is most definitely a good writer. This book just didn't work for me as a reader.

    I received a copy of "Night of the Living Dead Christian" from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Mildly recommended.
  4. kattrox
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Imaginative and Creative!
    June 14, 2012
    kattrox
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Do you really know who your neighbor is?

    With werewolves, zombies and vampires on the loose is anyone safe? Matt, Hibbs and Culbetron are trying to find the perfect gadget to scare off monsters but while doing so they encounter challenges and obstacles they had never thought of. With insightful words from the werewolf Luther, his thoughts on life and religion he embarks on a quest to finding the one truth we all search for.

    A novel that will cause you to ponder "What if?" At the start of reading Night of the Living Dead Christian I got into the right frame of mind to appreciate the books style. I pictured myself watching monsters on the TV and superheroes dressed like normal people in combat against them. I was glued to the pages and as I kept turning them I discovered how drawn I became into the storyline and the more I felt as if I were a "part of the movie" being played.

    Extremely imaginative and creative, with serious moments intertwined with humor, this book quickly became impossible to put down! Dialogue and scenery worked well together creating the books originality. Challenging my faith I found this book to be inspiring and would highly recommend this well written book to others! 5 Stars!!!
  5. Beckie Burnham
    Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun look at the monsters we just might be.
    June 3, 2012
    Beckie Burnham
    Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are monsters next door and down the block and maybe in your own house! Matt Mikalatos has uncovered the secret we as Christians have fought so hard to keep — we can be simply monstrous. In Night of The Living Dead Christian zombies, werewolves, vampires and other assorted creatures are alive and well in our cities' churches. No you don't have to contact the CDC about their plans for a Zombie Apocalypse (they really have a post about that), but you may want to read Matt's book to find out if you resemble any of the monsters portrayed in his book.

    There are two narrators in Night of The Living Dead Christian. Matt's fictional alter ego is the silly, slightly clueless voice of the neighborhood watch commander on the patrol to keep the peace in his little bit of suburbia. The second narrator, Luther (Ann) Martin (really!?), is a lousy husband and a werewolf. He is also not a fan of organized religion or his Lutheran pastor father (hence his sad name). But Luther really doesn't want to be a werewolf, and many of the other monsters depicted want to become human again as well. But the transformation from his baser self won't come without help from God. I found Luther's voice to be real in its helplessness and hopelessness.

    Night of The Living Dead Christian is an allegory, so don't expect real monsters. But maybe the monsters Matt brings to life and light are the truly scary ones. At the end of the book, there is an appendix detailing the habitats, symptoms, common enemies, etc. of the monsters found in today's church. Read it only if you want to be enlightened. It is not pretty to be shown your true self.

    You may recognize yourself in the pages of this book. You may also recognize one of the characters. Dr. van Pelt is Matt's counselor. Why he decided to use someone who as a girl used to pull footballs away from clueless boys just wanting to kick is beyond me! But I guess it is good to know that childhood dreams do come true.

    Night of The Living Dead Christian is a book for anyone looking to be entertained, challenged and perhaps transformed.

    Recommended.

    (I received this book in conjunction with the CSFF Blog tour in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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