The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook
by: Jeff Kinley
Yes the title and the cover art played a part in my decision to choose this book; I mean it has the word “zombie” in it and that word is right beside the word “Christian”…kind of a weird combination, but interesting just the same. Interesting enough to peek my interest.
In this book, The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook, you’ll find a fictional tale of a world where zombies exist but that’s not all you’ll find reading this book. You will also find yourself learning about certain spiritual truths such as sin, grace, and salvation. Jeff Kinley shares these truths by introducing a fictional character named Ben Forman. Ben is your typical young man who is trying to find his way in the world; he has recently embarked in a new profession and is dating a wonderful lady. His life seems ordinary until he stumbles upon a vicious zombie attack. Through Ben’s struggles to understand why zombies exist and how to destroy them, the reader learns about sin, God’s grace, and the truths about salvation.
I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book. The story involving Ben and his family kept my interest and kept me reading. The chapters involving the message were also well written and thought provoking. Every time I finished reading a chapter either about the affects of sin, or the truth of salvation, I found myself thinking back on the fictional story and how the metaphors applied not only within that fictional world, but within our world. Several times these metaphors brought new light to what I had previously known.
And although some Christians might view the subject of zombies as “unchristian”, I believe the story was used to associate not to condone. Used to reach kids/young adults where they are and with what they can relate to; much like the usage of parables by Jesus. The gospel isn’t overpowered by the zombies but the zombies are used to emphasize the truths and power of the gospel.
The book is formatted by its chapters; one chapter dedicated to the story and the next dedicated to the message. At the end of the book there is a discussion guide with questions relating to each chapter. Another plus to the book is the list of Bible verses used throughout the book that are referenced in the notes section located at the end of the book and laid out by chapter.
I would recommend this book to any new or to any non-believer who is interested in zombie stories/movies/games, as the reader will be engaged in the story, but will also receive the necessary history to build a solid foundation and knowledge of what salvation is and how to receive it. Due to the story genre, I would suggest the reader be in their teens or early twenties. It can be used as a group study due to the study guide and since the verses are referenced in the back of the book, I would suggest the group read these together – either before the chapter or after.
Side note, the book gives the following warning, “Some scenes and descriptions in this book are not suitable for younger audiences.” I agree with this and would say that due to the zombie content, if you are sensitive to such stories then this book probably is not for you…I don’t consider myself sensitive and I still had two zombie dreams while reading this book.
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