Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos

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.
My Thoughts:
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.

Happy Reading!



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