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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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Night of the Living Dead Christian takes the metaphor at face value and dives in head-first: bring on the Zombies! Well, not just zombies. In Night of the Living Dead Christian, Matt teams up with a mad scientist, an android, a vampire and a whole Church-full of zombies to help his neighbor, Luther Ann Martin, find a cure for his lycanthropy (which for you laypersons means that Luther is a werewolf). As in Imaginary Jesus, Matt's non sequitur, real-life-meets-the-fantastic humor keeps you laughing and rolling your eyes. And he handles the metaphor so deftly his point is always clear just below the surface, ready to engage you in some serious self-reflection.
Luther the Werewolf is any of those people who feel that they have a beast living inside them that they can't quite control.Read more ›
The subtitle of Night of the Living Dead Christian is "One man's ferociously funny quest to discover what it means to be truly transformed." That is an excellent description of this book. In this allegory Luther, a werewolf, is trying to discover if he can be different. With the help of Matt (the author), a mad scientist, a robot, a vampire, and a half zombie, quite an adventure ensues! Can they find the truth before the monster hunter kills Luther?
I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since Matt Mikalatos is described on the back on the book as "Monty Python meets C.S. Lewis." An interesting combo, huh?! However, after read it I can totally see how this comparison fits! This is like no other book I've ever read. (Now I look forward to reading his first book, Imaginary Jesus.) I laughed so hard I howled and my mad scientist self even learned things-what a great mixature! There is also a wonderful self-diagnosis guide at the end, if you are wondering if you are a monster. I highly recommend this to all, especially if you have a sense of humor and enjoy learning.
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy for my honest review.
Whilst on this journey, the reader meets zombies, a vampire and a mad scientist and his android. With the lead being taken by the author, Matt Mikalatos, himself as someone who believes that Luther can be rid of his wolfish ways and endeavours to assist him in finding a 'cure'.
Mikalatos' allegorical tale is funny and insightful. In a world of vampires, zombies and monster hunters, he uses this subject matter to full effect. Vampires are the opposite of Jesus, they have eternal life, but are not living. He suggests that a lot of Christian's are zombie like - following a preacher's sermons without thinking for themselves; that they should try to see how they can be true to Christ through their own actions and not wait to be told how to be a Christian. That so many churches are filled with people who have insurmountable faith but don't have any 'deeds' to confirm their faith. Why live a life that isn't transforming you?
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and mixed fantasy with reality seamlessly. I had to stop myself from trying to decipher the allegory and just enjoy the story - the story of a man who committed a wrong act which lead him to losing his wife and child, who wanted to better his life, to change in the hopes of being happy again. And, with the help of his newly found friends and eventually his faith, he did that. There was certainly no predictable happy ending and, not to give anything away, Luther does transform, but his re-birth is both a painful and joyful one.Read more ›
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Mikalatos has such a unique way in writing, and his sense of humor and his taking on of complicated topics is both bold and inspiring.Published 10 days ago by Kristine L. Vermillion
Howlingly unique, the correlations drawn between the "monsters within" and the monsters of myth are well thought out and presented, and the light hearted tone kept the pace... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Double K Ranch
This is a gotta-read-it-a-second-or-third-time, born again book. You are welcome to your opinion.Published 16 months ago by CherieL
I'm not a fantasy reader but really enjoyed the uniqueness of Matt's writing. Humorous, engaging, fun and a good story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by W. S. Ehrhart
Matt Mikalatos' Night of the Living Dead Christian is part comedy, part parody, and part allegory.
The story opens on Matt, a family man and neighborhood watcher who... Read more
Good book. Gets you to think about what you're thinking about. Saying you're a Christian is not enough. Are your behaviors, monstrous? Read morePublished 18 months ago by BlessedOne777
Cute book with great analogy to everyday struggles all Christians face. Very unique bookPublished 18 months ago by Julesrn777