I have a confession to make. I have not finished reading “Zombie Church”. But I will. It is that good. I just ran out of time before my assigned date.
When I first started reading “Zombie Church” I quickly found several statements that applied to other people and situations with which I was familiar. You know how easy it is to see that splinter in the other person’s eye and ignore the plank in your own. That’s exactly how it was for me. THEN – what Tyler Edwards was saying started to make me a little uncomfortable. Yeah, he was talking about ME too! I kept reading and realized that many of the Christians I know are in danger of becoming zombies if they are not already infected. This book has been a wake-up call for me and I feel that the Lord has already begun talking to me about what steps I need to take before I succumb.
The title and cover of this book are attention grabbers and one might be tempted to brush it off as something not worthwhile. Inside that catchy cover is a plainspoken and unapologetic attempt to wake up the church before it’s too late. The use of zombies to illustrate a very real problem is both clever and an apt comparison. The author uses personal stories that help get his point across. I also found the boxed highlights of key thoughts to be quite helpful. Edwards paints a clear picture of many problems within the modern church but doesn’t stop there. He offers practical solutions that should help bring new and much needed life to the church if acted upon.
I have already recommended “Zombie Church” to several of my friends and will probably purchase a few copies to give away. In my opinion, this book should be on the required reading list for church leadership and would also be great for a study group. If anyone can read this book and not come away convicted, he may just have reached zombie stage himself. Go pick up a copy of “Zombie Church” and allow it to transform your heart so that you can be instrumental in bringing life back to the church.
This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.
There is something missing in the church today. Stuck in a rut of routines and rituals, the church is caught up in doing what it is “supposed to do” but is lacking the true essence of what it is supposed to provide: life. Real faith–and a real relationship with Jesus–is not about playing by the rules, attending services, and praying before meals. Real faith is more than religion.
Believing there is a way to breathe life back into the church, Tyler Edwards adopts a contemporary and entertaining metaphor–zombies–to highlight and challenge the problematic attitude of today’s believers.
Written for the discouraged, disenfranchised, and anyone unsatisfied with their same-old church routine, Zombie Church challenges readers to turn away from hollow religious practices, which characterize “zombie Christianity,” and turn toward a radical relationship with Jesus.
While other books have addressed legalism in the church, this is the only book that effectively capitalizes on a popular entertainment genre in order to diagnose and correct the problem. Realizing that even his own church is part of that problem, Edwards has written an accessible and often humorous book that will help believers change the Spirit-draining (or life-draining) habits that stop them from achieving a full, fulfilling life in Christ. Order a copy HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tyler Edwards is the lead pastor at Cornerstone Christian Church in Joplin, Missouri, where he works to help people learn how to live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and look like Jesus—so they carry out the mission of Jesus to the world. He graduated from Ozark ChristianCollege with bachelor’s degrees in both Biblical Literature and Christian Ministry. He has written articles for Lookout Magazine, spoken at various campus ministry events in Missouri, and served overseas in Mbale, Uganda.
Tyler loves cheesy horror films. He is particularly fond of movies like Dawn of the Dead, The Signal, and 28 Days Later, where zombies run wild and threaten to infect an entire town. Connect with Tyler on Facebook.
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