Thursday, September 29, 2011

Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos - Book Review

When I first heard the title of Matt Mikalatos's new book, I didn't know what to think.  His first book was Imaginary Jesus, and was apparently pretty funny.  Based on that, and on the book jacket, (plus the description that he is like "Monty Python meets C.S. Lewis" - Relevant Magazine) I decided to try Night of the Living Dead Christian.  I wasn't disappointed.  I like my theology explained through fiction, and Mikalatos uses a variety of monsters (vampire, werewolf, robot, zombie, mad scientist, etc.) as allegories to explain how being born again is the road to Christ and being made new.  The story involves Matt, his neighbor Luther (a werewolf), and other denizens of his neighborhood, on a quest to cure Luther of being a werewolf.  The story proceeds at breakneck speed, with lots of action and hijinks.  Along the way, the path to salvation is explained, as well as why that salvation is needed.  The story is not all fun and games though, as several parts can cause uncomfortableness as the reader is forced to examine his own state of "monster-ness".  The book comes complete with a monster guide, as well as a discussion guide.  I really enjoyed this book and will look for others that Matt Mikalatos has written.
I was given a copy of this book to read by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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