The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook, Slaying the Living Dead Within by Jeff Kinley
This book is part fiction, part commentary on the Christian life. The author goes back and forth between a fictional story of a man who is confronted with a world of zombie attacks brought on by a virus that is inside everyone.
Between each chapter of this story, the author gives a commentary of the analogy between this fictional story of zombie attacks, and what he calls the “zombie” that lives inside each Christian which is the sinful part of us that constantly struggles against our new Christian self.
This book had the potential to be intriguing, but somewhere fell short for me. The idea that the sinful man in each of us is like a zombie waiting to come out rings true of the struggle each Christian goes through to change the person they are to the person God calls us to be. By capitalizing on the zombie craze (and the zombie apocalypse idea), this book had great potential to really touch on the mindlessness that often infiltrates the Church, as well as the real concern of sin taking over our hearts and minds.
Saying this, it was somewhat disorienting to go back and forth between the fictional story and the commentary, taking away from both parts for me. It also felt somewhat insulting that as the reader I was not given the opportunity to draw the analogy myself from the story.
Much of what the author wrote I agreed with, though I did not feel his view of baptism being figurative rather than literal was accurate. I also did not agree with his view that we are born as sinful people. I cannot say I would recommend this book to others, but I would not discourage others from reading it.
Previously posted on 10/22/11 as a Book Sneeze Review
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