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About Zombie Church:
A creative, entertaining approach to resurrecting the undead church.
There is something missing in the church today. Stuck in a rut of routines and rituals, the church is caught up in doing what it is “supposed to do” but is lacking the true essence of what it is supposed to provide: life. Real faith--and a real relationship with Jesus--is not about playing by the rules, attending services, and praying before meals. Real faith is more than religion.
Believing there is a way to breathe life back into the church, Tyler Edwards adopts a contemporary and entertaining metaphor--zombies--to highlight and challenge the problematic attitude of today’s believers.
Written for the discouraged, disenfranchised, and anyone unsatisfied with their same-old church routine, Zombie Church challenges readers to turn away from hollow religious practices, which characterize “zombie Christianity,” and turn toward a radical relationship with Jesus.
While other books have addressed legalism in the church, this is the only book that effectively capitalizes on a popular entertainment genre in order to diagnose and correct the problem. Realizing that even his own church is part of that problem, Edwards has written an accessible and often humorous book that will help believers change the Spirit-draining (or life-draining) habits that stop them from achieving a full, fulfilling life in Christ.
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About Tyler Edwards:
Tyler Edwards is the lead pastor at Cornerstone Christian Church in Joplin, Missouri, where he works to help people learn how to live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and look like Jesus—so they carry out the mission of Jesus to the world. He graduated from Ozark Christian College with bachelor’s degrees in both Biblical Literature and Christian Ministry. He has written articles for Lookout Magazine, spoken at various campus ministry events in Missouri, and served overseas in Mbale, Uganda.
Tyler loves cheesy horror films. He is particularly fond of movies like Dawn of the Dead, The Signal, and 28 Days Later, where zombies run wild and threaten to infect an entire town. Connect with Tyler on Facebook.
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Even though I am not a Christian, this book caught my eye, mainly because it surprised me to see the words “zombie” and “Christianity” together on the cover. I was prepared to read a lot of things that would bother me, but there were very rare moments where the writing got incredibly preachy. Not too bad, overall.
The premise of the book is interesting, since the author seemed to tackle the same questions that many of us non-Christians have about the church, things like why aren’t the Christians more like the Christ they worship? Why is there so much hypocrisy in the religion, with believers always preaching things they don’t follow themselves? I was gratified to read that the author had questioned these things himself and been disappointed in many of the modern churches. The book is a sort of manual on how to avoid becoming a dreaded zombie church, or zombie individual, following dogma without belief.
There are a few things that did bother me. Many times, the author spoke of non-Christians as being “dead” since we have no purpose in life. For me that’s an offense. Just because I’m not a Christian doesn’t mean I don’t have beliefs. There are a few comments like that throughout the book that should have been edited out, mainly because the author was preaching against such prejudice pages before. A little hypocrisy right there.
I cannot recommend this book for non-Christians, but for those of you who do believe in Christ, this should be a book to add to your collection.