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Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man’s Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover What It Means to Be Truly Transformed Paperback – October 1, 2011
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The story is somewhat interesting, but the weirdness just didn't translate to humorous for me. There are some good lessons in this book and I hope that this creative and unusual story will help to spread those lessons in a manner that other books might not be able to.
I was hoping this would be something like a modern The Pilgrim's Progress, but it fell short in my estimation. If you are into zombies and monsters, maybe it will have more appeal.
The story opens on Matt, a family man and neighborhood watcher who finds his comfortable, complacent life shaken when he meets a mad scientist who opens his eyes to the monsters roaming around his neighborhood.
Luther, who lives across the street, is a werewolf, and there are zombies roaming the streets.
All Luther wants is to be cured of his condition and to win the love of his estranged wife. All Matt wants to do is make his neighborhood safe for his family. All the mad scientist and his robot assistant want is to kill or cure the werewolf, stop the zombie horde, and, maybe, to find out where his own wife disappeared to.
Oh, right. There's also a mad scientist, a robot assistant, and a zombie horde.
As Matt, Luther, and friends attempt to escape the zombies and find a cure for werewolfism, each attempts to help in his own way, failing and discovering with each attempt, as they come to learn about the monstrosities of their own lives.
Through all the laughs and excitement, NotLDC is a study of the Christian church, of humanity, and of weakness -- and a reminder of where we find the strength to overcome all of it.
Night explores the ways we all try to help one another, exploring our motivations and shortcomings with love and wit -- all under the blanket of classic drive-in monster movie tropes. It's not horror, and it's not scary... but it is a whole lot of fun... and maybe a lot more insightful than most of us will want to admit.
This Book was Hysterical I was laughing so hard I ached What an extraordinary way to Bring people closer to Christ if I had read his Book when I was a Kid he would have saved me a lot time waiting to be moved closer to our Lord . I read incessantly and I'am Hear to say This man is a genius at weaving humor in with teaching us about our selves while sending a Powerful Message I Can't wait for what He has up his sleeve in his Next installment .
Matt Mikalatos has Done it again . I had read Imaginary Jesus and just had to get NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD CHRISTIAN. This Man is a Genius at weaving humor and the teachings of Christ Our Lord together so Well. I read incessantly and I knew nothing of this author or of his books , So when I saw the Title's, alone drew me in. How I wish Matt Mikalatos was around when I was A Kid I would have saved a lot of time coming to Our Lord thats for sure, This book had me hysterical with laughter, With His Werewolf and Zombies and the Mad Scientist as well as the banter back and forth between Husband and Wife , Yet captivating me with The Holy Spirit bringing me to tears. God bless you with this work. You are on a Role. I can't wait for the next one and the next one after that .Keep up the good works,They are working!
Whichever would be my favorite thing (those and other things make it real hard to choose), I know this much- I was able to relate to each character in different ways, especially when the second narrator (the werewolf) tore down clichés of what it means to be "good" and "bad". Matt seriously broke down the expected clichés of parodies and realism with a seriously impacting social commentary on what it means to stop being a hypocrite and start being real, especially when the werewolf brought up hard-hitting points about social hypocrisy within the mainstream church and how even normal humans are no better (and at times, worse) than him. At the end, I had laughed out loud very well and had been shocked by very well-developed plot twists and enjoyed an action scene or two. This was a perfect read for the Halloween season.
And recently, my boyfriend (who does not read too often) read the entire book on our 23 hour drive back home from Big Break in PCB FL. He got hooked instantly!