The Christian Zombie Killer’s Handbook

Monday, September 9, 2013
I’d like you to take an imaginary rope and tie it off at the surface, then begin a slow rappel down into that deep, dark abyss of your heart. All the way down to the place where “it” lives. The beast. The monster. The creature. That “thing” inside that you hate. Your inner zombie.

Book: The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within by Jeff Kinley, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2011

Genre: Speculative Fiction/Teen Paranormal
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 16+
Subjects: Zombies, Sin, Salvation, Temptation
Summary: The zombies are coming! Recent sightings indicate that the problem is growing worse and worse. And when Ben Forman sees it firsthand, he’s shaken into a realization that something needs to be done. There are rumblings of secret meetings where the truth is revealed that this zombie condition has always been present. While there’s no seemingly medical cause the government has known for decades that there is a curse out there. Where to find that cure, however, has yet to be discovered. Meanwhile the gruesome effects of the zombie infection become even more widespread. Ben, his cousin in the Zombie Task Force and his friends arm themselves and prepare for battle. This is a two part book. Half of it is a paced pace zombie story, so fast that it seems as though there is not much too it and it leaves you hanging at the end of it, hinting at the possibility of a sequel. The events in the story are fairly graphic, the warning on the cover that this is not suitable for younger audiences should be heeded. It involves death, dismemberment, cannibalism (or rather zombiealism). The other half of the book is a very good discussion on how sin in our life is an inner zombie. It very clearly lays out the source, the effects of and the solution to sin. It presents the Gospel clearly and goes on from there to explain how Christ ultimately conquered sin, the zombie. There were a couple parallels between the story and the discussion, especially in regards to how one becomes a full all out zombie by giving in to greed, temptation and consumerism. But overall, the parallels, the illustrations, were a little lacking.  The discussion leaves you with hope despite the fact that the storyline leaves you hanging with an imminent zombie apocalypse. If you enjoy reading zombie stories and aren’t put out by the graphic descriptions, then you will likely greatly enjoy this book.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: Gil

 Romans 7:17-8:2 – As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.


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