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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Ben Forman was just an ordinary guy, a young professional starting his first job and falling in love with his girlfriend. Living on the outskirts of a southern city, he didn't think the zombie activity so common in metropolitan areas would hit so close to home. But it was becoming clear that the mysterious infection reanimating the dead would soon be a worldwide epidemic.
Cutting-edge and culturally relevant, The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook is a unique combination of fiction and nonfiction. It delivers a fresh approach to sin, grace, and salvation, exposing the raging beast within us all, and how to overcome life as a zombie.
Jeff Kinley has found a way to communicate Gods grace to a new audience. The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook is culturally relevant, deeply perceptive and really inspires us to discover the truth for ourselves.
In this volume, you will find a gripping, face-paced zombie survival story as good as any youll read in a mainstream horror novel or see in the latest Romero film. But, youll also find a parallel commentary providing a startlingly honest insight and unique perspective on our struggle with sin. ?Sean T Page, author of War against the Walking Dead & The Official Zombie Handbook.
junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5I love this book. Great tool.October 28, 2012junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The book takes on 2 forms, episodes and chapters. The episodes are a fiction book about how zombies have entered our modern day life, as seen through the eyes of Ben Forman... I liked the nonfiction parts of "The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook" much more than the fiction - very uncommon for me. I am a very big fan of the horror genre, more specifically books and movies relating to Zombies. If you want to skip the horror fiction portion of this book, read the chapters and skip the 'sessions'. The story was engaging however, surprisingly to me since I generally don't enjoy horror books. I think it's very helpful, especially to people who aren't used to theological books. e. If you are not willing to be pushed around mentally and theologically, then go for some kinda inspirational books, Max Lucado may be... The message is one that is relevant to the times and culture.
EclecticEleganceColoradoAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Oxymoronic Title But Good TheologyJuly 4, 2012EclecticEleganceColoradoAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I know what you're thinking. Christians...and zombie killers? How much more oxymoronic can you get? But I like mindbenders, and the title of this book alone was enough to intrigue me. Still, I wasn't expecting much more than a thrill and maybe a laugh. Wrong.
This is not another half-hearted attempt to mishmash some cliches from popular culture with lukewarm Christian theology, which I suspected it might be as I leafed through the first few pages. Written in the style of The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook is a blend of fiction infused with essay-style segments in between chapters, which sometimes tempts the reader to skip ahead to find out what happens next when Kinley ends a section at a particularly agonizing moment. And yes, the narrative side is somewhat lacking--the characters are a little flat and some of the descriptions of the zombie attacks become repetitive--but what redeems the book is Kinley's theological discourses and his ability to move between his apocalyptic drama and the premises he seeks to defend.
The opening pages depict the main character, Ben Forman, discovering a zombie's victim--bloody and brainless. Shortly afterward, we are given a lengthy but chilling history of zombies and the deadly Z-38 virus that causes it with a Biblical timeline in the background, melding into a depiction of the fallout after sin's curse and the entrance of evil into our planet. The attacks in the small town Ben lives in come closer and become more personal as the story grows ever nearer to zombie apocalypse. Throughout, Kinley weaves in the treacherous reality we all face--maybe not recognizable zombies, but a form of zombies nonetheless. And occasionally, he injects a bit of humor into the grimness.
Overall, this book was well-worth reading. The author's insights were valuable and thought-provoking, and lend a fresh perspective on society's zombie craze.
"When your identity is found through being accepted by others, you will never be able to understand who you really are. You won't be able to discover the person God meant for you to become because you are constantly morphing into someone else, blending into the environment in order to be accepted. [...] God doesn't want you to conform to some cookie-cutter Christian image. There's only one character image you should ever seek." (p. 113-114)
"Perhaps the freedom we're all looking for isn't freedom to do what we want, but rather freedom from the con artist inside." (p. 81)
"And though we commit individual 'sins,' sin itself is the evil principle that inherently dwells within us. It's more than some invisible disease we've acquired or a spiritual condition. It's actually a part of who we are. Inseparably intertwined in our spiritual DNA. It's as much a part of us as our gender or skin color, illegitimately encoded in us the moment our first parents bit into that fruit." (p. 31)
"Until you look in that dungeon soul mirror and see the grotesque image staring back, you will never really understand what Jesus did for you. You might want to go back and reread that last sentence again. To rappel down to that pit of your heart is the best field trip you could ever take." (p. 97)
"This is your Jesus. Your conquering Hero. Your zombie-killer." (p. 242)
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Archie IsibPhAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5greatMay 27, 2012Archie IsibPhAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2A great book that actually makes you think. We have an opportunity to do great things for God in the Church and in the secular world. No matter what our circumsatnces are...
I have highlighted practically the entire book! Would recommend to anyone. I can tell you this was a timely read as I was preparing to give a message about giving your lives to Jesus. I wasn't presenting the full cost. Now, I will. I don't want fans of Jesus. I want followers.
He could have simply said that works are a manifestation of your faith and salvation, and not a precursor to it. Faith happens first, salvation immediately follows, then works is evidence of the faith. It is devoid of the discussion of grace until midway through the book.
It made me think about the love Jesus demonstrated and how we are called to do the same. Judge less love more.
A must read! It's a great eye opener for those of us who have unintentionally been living in a bubble. It, along with God's Word, have certainly motivated me to make changes in my life.
If you are looking for something different, look no further than Night of the Living Dead Christian. It will teach you a lot about Christianity and a lot about yourself.
AnonymousSouth AfricaAge: 35-44Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5Some things are better deadMarch 5, 2012AnonymousSouth AfricaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 2Value: 1Meets Expectations: 2They say that you can not judge a book by its cover. Which is unfortunate in this case, because that is the best part of the book.
The premise is sound, and promising - Our sinful nature is like an undead Zombie which will devour us if we don't learn to kill it.
The execution of the book is_ terrible.
It is written as a parallel text; with each chapter of the fictional story being followed by a chapter of theology from the author about our sinful nature. Jeff Kinley is clearly a speaker. I would guess he is probably a youth leader or used to preaching to the youth. This book sounds like a sermon, but does not read like a novel, or a theology textbook. The language and level of theology seems aimed at teens, yet the content is so bloodthirsty and some scenes so violent as to be almost pornographic. I would suggest a 16 age restriction for violence and adult themes.
The fiction is so insipid that I found myself not caring whether the main characters got eaten by Zombies or not, and the poor use of contractions and lack of concord between subjects and verbs made it jarring to my eyes when I read it. The entire story could have been told, better, in two chapters; rather than been dragged out to a full book length.
Would I recommend this book?
No, not really.
The Phantom ParagrapherTauranga, New ZealandAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5One for the Christian Zombie FansFebruary 20, 2012The Phantom ParagrapherTauranga, New ZealandAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In a world of literature that was once over-run with Vampires , then Werewolves, Angels and Demons are now being overthrown with the world of Zombies. From Zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, I am Legend and Zombieland come Zombie novels like Generation Dead by Dab Waters , Warm Bodies by Issac Marion and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Vampires have infiltrated our Christian Fiction line with Plain Fear Forsaken , so it seems only fair that Zombies can crawl or in their case stumble heavy-footed into the world of Christian Fiction with Jeff Kinley's The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook.
The Christian Zombie Killer Handbook follows the life of Ben Foreman , who lives in a small town , has a good job and believes he is safe from Zombie attacks as they only seem to be happening lately in the major cities . This is until one day the Zombies attack Ben's hometown and now armed with the Bible and God's Help , Ben must kill the Zombies.
The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook tracks the fictional life of Ben Forman and offers solid Bible teaching to help readers understand the gravity and consequences of life without God, of life as a zombie. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved." Without the salvation Jesus offers, we are all as good as dead. But as this book teaches in a winsome, cutting-edge, culturally relevant style, anyone can kill the zombie inside, escape the clutches of the undead, and come alive by the supernatural power of God's salvation.
A fun read for all , especially if you are a Christian and following the Zombie Craze
Author: Jeff Kinley
Located in: Little Rock, AR
Submitted: April 14, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. Zombie Killers is my 15th book. I founded Main Thing Ministries in 2000 to help people reach their highest spiritual potential.
My wife and I have 3 sons - Two in college (West Point and Univ of Ark) and one in high school. I pastor a church in my neighborhood that reaches a unique tribe of unchurched folks in their 20's.
What was your motivation behind this project? To generate a fiction novel for the 18-30 crowd concerning a subject many of them are really into. But initially, the concept literally popped into my head one day while counseling someone. It was clear that this person's problem was that there was a zombie living inside him. And the rest seem to naturally flow from there.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My hope is that this generation will understand the nature of evil within us all through the popular and very cool Zombie genre. Additionally, though many have grown up in church, few people I encounter really understand the depth of their depravity and what it takes to overcome sin and temptation. This book equips them to do that.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This book helped me articulate, in non-theological terms, culturally relevant teaching from Scripture about the sin problem. Though I have taught on the subject for years, the zombie theme almost perfectly parallels the truths found in scripture about our inward nemesis. It made me even more aware that my worst enemy lives inside me.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? People generally inspire me. I love movies and enjoy reading Stephen Ambrose. And I know more about the Beatles than any 15 of your friends combined. :)
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The novel section of the book deals with pre-apocalyptic America. It involves the events leading up to global outbreak. And there is plenty of gore and suspense for zombie fans! And for my theologically-minded friends, you will be challenged and stimulated.