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Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn Paperback – September 1, 2012
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With humor, spiritual wisdom, and a rotting corpseload of pop-culture savvy, Clay Morgan opens the casket on what we've always suspected but may have been hesitant to embrace: Life is precious. Death makes it that way. And God is the ultimate funeral crasher."
- Jason Boyett, author of Pocket Guide to the Afterlife and O Me of Little Faith
A nice blend of Don Miller-like musings and some nifty historical scholarship...Clay offers you his own thoughts and feelings and even hints at his own past failings--all to illustrate that all of us have a chance to rise from the metaphorical dead and live again.
- Paul Asay, author of God on the Streets of Gotham
Finally! A book that connects zombie movies to the gospel. Clay Morgan is one of the currently under appreciated geniuses of the Gen X & Y Christian crowd. He always makes you think, and he delivers once again in making the Christian faith come alive.
- Dallas Jenkins, Filmmaker & Director of Media at Harvest Bible Chapel, Chicago
Clay Morgan's debut book, UNDEAD: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn, couldn't have arrived at a more timely moment in American culture. That's Clay Morgan's mantra: Connecting spiritual themes with popular culture to inspire a new appreciation of our religious traditions.
I found myself treating this book like a Donald Miller book - underlining great quotes and writing in the margins.
From the Back Cover
Fascinated by zombies, vampires, and the undead?
Ever wonder what it means to become truly alive, to come back from the dead, to live with a sense of forever in your bones?
Death isn't the end of existence, some say, but what if death isn't even the end of life? What if there could be life beyond the grave, a physical existence that defies mortality? What if there isn't just death and life, but death and undeath?
With story-telling genius and cultural clarity, author/speaker Clay Morgan brings an unforgettable book that invites you to get UNDEAD!
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If I had to nutshell it now, I'd say this book is about the difference between merely existing and truly living. That's no small subject for discussion, and so you can see how woefully inadequate my little nutshell must be.
When I got about a third of the way in, I realized that, more than anything, this book is about me. Or for me, perhaps, but in my mind that equates to the same thing. And I think that's the mark of a great piece of writing - or of any art that attempts to make contact with its audience - is that it speaks not only to Us as a society or a niche, but it speaks to Me, personally.
Undead tells me something about myself. It reminds me about who I am and who I am striving to be. It made me ask myself questions. And it gave me new insight into my religion and my relationship with Christ. I do so love a book that challenges my perspective and gives me a different vantage point from which to see. In Undead, I've learned to see Jesus in ways I'd never imagined him. Not to mention zombies.
If you're into zombies, Undead has them for you. All the currently cool undead creatures make their appearance, leading us into discussions about topics like spiritual rebirth, build-your-own tombs and double-tapping our past failures. And one thing I truly value about this book is that no zombie limbs are left dangling. There is a structure that I can easily follow, from a pop culture reference to the bible, to how this relates to my life today, and back again to the original example. I can see where we've come full circle in the discussion, and that's something that I appreciate.
Clay Morgan is a historian and teacher with a serious interest in pop culture. He's also quite funny and very personable. I would say he's definitely pulled from his strengths in writing this book. It's engaging, honest, non-preachy, educational and insightful. Clay takes us on a journey from the ancient pop culture of death, through the recorded miracles of the dead being brought back to life, and up to what all of it can teach us about our lives today. Lastly, I love that Clay shares his own experiences throughout Undead, giving what he talks about real meaning and usability for the day to day life of a regular girl like me.
In this book, Clay Morgan seamlessly weaves history, pop culture, and theology together to get the reader thinking about his personal spiritual life.
"Bodies die and decay, but our souls, who we are, never cease to exist." p.65
I realize that quote may be a little controversial, but the fact is that we cannot prove we do not eternal component to what gives us life. I laughed as I read in this book about "zombie dogs", Ann Rice's vampire Lestat, and Zombieland. I was fascinated how Clay was able to use popular culture to bring to life in my mind the reasons why we are so fascinated with the undead. It was very clear to me how my life can resemble the undead without my concerted effort for it to be otherwise.
"God will be there for us no matter how fare gone we are." p.67
The greatest point of the book, and the point that is made over and over, is that God is there to receive us back at any point. God does not require us to be clean, pretty, tall, or strong enough to stand on our own in order to meet Him. Clay gets pretty open in this book with where he was, who guided him, and how this life works. I was grateful that it was very balanced between its uses of historical fact, personal anecdotes, popular culture references, and scripture to bring out the finer points. Clay does a great job setting up a scenario, diverting you as it starts to get too deep, then bringing you back the heart of the matter before you realize that the diversion was just a method to get you to think through the subject outside of your preconceived notions.
"Be more like the prostitute." p.715
You are going to have to read the book to get a better understanding of that quote - I am reaching my personal limit to which I can compose a blog post. This is a great book that really causes you to rethink how you see your life, the Bible, what your purpose is on this planet, death, and what happens to you afterwards. Pick up a copy of the Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn version now.
The blend of humor, personal experience, and historical data makes this book a winner. Warning: like survivors in a survival flick you will be challenged. Possibly shocked. And definitely changed.
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