Review: To Kill A Zombie

ImageTo Kill A Zombie
by David W. Pierce

I’m happy to say that I was approached by this publisher to review this book.  I’ve been reviewing books for almost two years now, and this was my first inquiry from an unknown publisher.  I think I’m moving up! 😉

Now to the review…

To Kill A Zombie is about David’s journey from going through the motions of everyday life to actually participating in the events and connecting with people, to be alive in the moment.  He’s not sure when he became a lifeless zombie, but when his wife exclaimed to him that he, “seemed kinda…dead for a long time now”; David knew he had to radically change his life – to live!  But how?  David begins to investigate how he “died”, in the hopes of learning how to revive his life.  This takes him on a journey of discovery as he begins to feel alive – one day and event at a time.

This book contains a lot of fun and witty stories about David Pierce’s passage from Zombie hood to life.  Each chapter is divided into two sets of stories; the first is about his exhilarating life before he became a zombie, and in the second he shares a more recent life episode and his trek of becoming fully alive again.  This collection of stories kept my interest, and I found the author’s humor and story writing intriguing enough to keep me reading.

This book, however, is not a “how to” book.  It doesn’t give you step by step directions on how to revive your life; instead David Pierce subtly gives you examples of how his life began to change once he made a conscious decision to move out of Zombieland.  After reading each chapter I found myself wondering what the difference was between his first story and his second…having this time of reflection helped me analyze my own life to see where I fit and which story I could most relate too.  Could I relate more to the first story or the second?  Was I alive or a zombie?  This self reflection enhanced the book and brought out the differences between story number one and story number two.  If this step is skipped, you might just find yourself reading a book full of stories.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the author’s honest approach when sharing his experiences with the reader.  Due to the candidness, reading To Kill A Zombie felt more like a conversation; a sharing between friends on life and how to find a way back to fully enjoying life and each event you find yourself in.  David did this with great humor and openness.

I would recommend this book to any adult reader.  I say adult because most youth are very full of life, but if you encounter a youth who is in this state, then by all means share this book with them.  This book will appeal to those who are feeling trapped by everyday life, those who feel dead inside or want to find joy in the moment, and for those who think they are a-okay.  By reading this book, you’ll discover another way to look at life, people, events, and by doing so learn how to embrace life!

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“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers as part of their ACU Press Bookclub Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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