The newest book from Matt Mikalatos, Night of the Living Dead Christian is a comedic journey to discover what it really means to be a Christian. Is it enough to just say you believe? Or must your life actually be transformed by that belief?
I’ve always felt that it couldn’t possibly be enough to just say the words. If I really believe that Jesus is God become man to save us from sin, if I really believe in the things that he taught, then the way I live my life should reflect this. Jesus calls us to live in a radical way – to put Him first, to love our neighbor, to reject the false promises of the world. My life should be transformed as I seek to pick up my own cross and follow Him, even if the best I can do isn’t perfect (and believe me, it isn’t), even if I have to turn to Him day after day after day for help and forgiveness.
Matt tackles these questions in a unique way - through the medium of monsters. Zombies, werewolves, vampires, you name it. The story follows the main character, Matt himself, as he investigates strange happenings in his neighborhood that turn out to be caused by a variety of horrors. It’s an effective way to describe different traps that a Christian might fall into – the mindless acceptance of a particular person’s brand of Christianity, letting emotions rule or not letting them show at all, or being the one who has to fix everything. And in the process Matt not only gets to know some of his monster neighbors, but finds out a bit about himself as well.
The result is a fun, easy read that entertains while making you think – a good combination of laughing and pondering. And in the back of the book, Matt provides a convenient self-diagnosing monster guide. Are you a monster?
Don’t forget to visit the rest of the tour:Gillian Adams - Julie Bihn - Red Bissell - Thomas Clayton Booher - Thomas Fletcher Booher - Keanan Brand - Beckie Burnham - Morgan L. Busse - Theresa Dunlap - Amber French - Tori Greene - Nikole Hahn - Ryan Heart - Bruce Hennigan - Janeen Ippolito - Becky Jesse - Jason Joyner - Carol Keen - Leighton - Shannon McDermott - Rebecca LuElla Miller - Nissa - Joan Nienhuis - John W. Otte - Crista Richey - Sarah Sawyer - Chawna Schroeder - Rachel Starr Thomson - Steve Trower - Fred Warren - Shane Werlinger - Nicole White - Dave Wilson
Disclaimer: In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.