Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Night of the Living Dead Christian

What Does it Mean to Be Truly Transformed?

I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I decided to review this book. I'm not normally into reading about zombies, werewolves, and vampires (in fact, thanks to Dark Shadows, I had an enormous fear of vampires throughout my childhood). I got the book because I thought it might appeal to my teenage sons and might be something we could read together and discuss during our homeschool devotional time.

It has been a great read - the funniest book we have read in a long time - but also extremely thought-provoking. And while it's sometimes hard to get my boys to talk about spiritual matters, Mikalatos' humor seemed to break down some barriers and allow for deep discussions. We used the discussion pages included in the book but also had plenty of our own insights to share.

This book tells the story of some Christian friends hilariously helping a neighbor (a werewolf whose marriage is crumbling as he struggles with his inner beast). In fact the neighborhood is full of monsters - vampires (those struggling with selfishness), zombies (those who appear to be alive but are in fact dead), etc. Each one provides a mirror that we can use to think about how each of us desperately need the transformation that only God can provide.

The back of the book described the author's style as "Monte Python meets C.S. Lewis." I thought that would be pretty hard to pull off, but Matt Mikalatos has done a superb job!

Here's a link to Matt Miklatos explaining why you should read his book. You can add my recommendation as well!