What does a transformed life actually look like?
In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos tackles this question in an entertaining and thought-provoking way—with MONSTERS!!! While Christians claim to experience Christ’s resurrection power, we sometimes act like werewolves who can’t control our base desires. Or zombies, experiencing a resurrection that is 90 percent shambling death and 10 percent life. Or vampires, satiating ourselves at the expense of others. But through it all we long to stop being monsters and become truly human—the way Christ intended. We just can’t seem to figure out how.
Night of the Living Dead Christian is the story of Luther, a werewolf on the run, whose inner beast has driven him dangerously close to losing everything that matters. Desperate to conquer his dark side, Luther joins forces with Matt to find someone who can help. Yet their time is running out. A powerful and mysterious man is on their trail, determined to kill the wolf at all costs . . .
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Night of the Living Dead Christian is a spiritual allegory that boldly explores the monstrous underpinnings of our nature and tackles head-on the question of how we can ever hope to become truly transformed.
Night of the Living Dead Christian (NOTLDC) is the story of an average neighborhood that is being overrun by zombies, werewolves, and vampires. The main character, Matt, is introduced when he is out taking his nightly walk as Chief Officer of the Neighborhood Watch program. He meets a mad scientist (er, eccentric genius) named Dr. Culbetron and his robot HIBBS 3000 just as they are about to test a new invention. When it is tested, hundreds of zombies show up, determined to get at Matt and Dr. Culbetron. The story continues as Matt, the doctor, and the robot encounter a vampire Matt went to high school with and a werewolf who lives down the street. It becomes the mission of all five to cure the werewolf and the vampire of their monster tendencies without becoming zombies in the process.
While laughing at the situations the characters find themselves in, the reader is confronted with their own beliefs about what real Christianity looks like. Is it blind devotion to a particular religious leader that only allows followers to use one translation of the Bible, certain songs at worship, and certain styles of dress? Those are zombies. What about those that feel they are never really forgiven and their sinful man must be 'killed' again and again, having a stake driven through their heart on an almost daily basis? Vampires! And what about those that just can't seem to control their animalistic tendencies to hurt and tear apart those they love? The ones that try to fix themselves through therapies, church attendance, and any other means possible? Werewolves!
Matt is the only member of his Neighborhood Watch group. He meets a robot and a mad scientist and learns that his neighbors include a werewolf and a vampire. In an attempt to help his friend Luther Ann Martin, the wife-beating werewolf redeem himself and restore his marriage, Mike takes the werewolf to church and finds that it is full of zombies the living dead. The zombies sport giant study Bibles and believe everything that the study Bible's author says, thus making it easy for them to continue being dead while having the appearance of being living. They think they are following Jesus but are actually following a moral system. Vampires suck the life out of others, only caring about themselves. Mad Scientists run around trying to help everyone else while ignoring their own families. This book is funny and it points out some interesting things about the Christian religion. I received this book free to review from the Tyndale Publicity Team http://www.tyndale.com/video/296 http://mattmikalatos.com www.tyndale.com
Matt is in charge of the neighborhood watch. Actually, he is the "watch!" This is not your average neighborhood with the riff-raff you might be used to. Matt protects his neighbors from werewolves, zombies, vampires, and other monsters.
He thinks that these creatures are outside of the circle of people he knows. However, he discovers that these creatures live closer to home than he thought. How can he help these people transform from being monsters into fully human beings? Matt knows that Jesus changes lives, but unfortunately one of the monsters wants to take the behavior modification route. Will it work? Or will it take Someone outside of himself to change him?
Matt Mikalatos is a master storyteller. He uses allegory to draw a picture of what happens when we allow the Holy Spirit to change us from the sinful nature that just comes so natural to us to the life He intended for us to live.
I loved this book! If you're a fan of fantasy, you are missing out by not reading it. You will be hooked from the first page! The author expertly blends humor with the seriousness of not living a transformed life.
Included in the back of the book is a list of different monsters with a detailed description of each one and how it relates to the way we live. Which monster are you? You'll have to read it to find out!
Iâ€™m excited about Matt Mikalatosâ€™ book Night of the Living Dead Christian. The book recounts the tale of Matt and his friends as they search to cure the neighborhood werewolf, Luther Martin. Their urgent quest leads them through some bizarre and incredible adventures around town.
Night of the Living Dead Christian is not a scary book. Donâ€™t be freaked out by the monsters. The monsters serve as a metaphor for something much greater and in many places they supply a healthy dose of comic relief.
I was greatly impressed with scope of this book. Mikalatos is proving himself to be an excellent author and master of metaphor. He will have you laughing one moment and pondering the deeper things of life the next. He has witty sense of humor and an engaging style of writing. Reading Night of the Living Dead Christian is a breath of fresh air. Iâ€™m looking forward to reading any future books that Matt may write and am seriously considering picking up his first book Imaginary Jesus.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Tyndale Blog Network. 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 Commissionâ€™s 16 CFR, Part 255: â€œGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.â€
Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos was an entertaining book to read, but sometimes I wondered if it was being blasphemous or heretical. I was very glad that I read the book to the end because it gave me a lot of food for thought (about what type of monster I am). It talks all about what it means to be a Christian & how to become a Christian.
Do you sometimes feel like a monster? After you blow up at your kids for the hundredth time today, do feel like a huge, angrywerewolf? Do you feel like a mad scientist-always right, never thinking your wife's opinion matters, always trying to fix your friends? After you've laid a huge guilt trip on your husband for the emergency at work that kept him late, do you feel like a vampire sucking the life out of him and your marriage? Do you feel like a zombie-always following your favorite paster or author, but never checking for yourself what the Bible says? Is there any hope for us? Read on 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 mixture! 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! Here's a video for you to check out of Matt Mikalatos discussing his book.
The author stars in this book as the "normal" neighbor with werewolves, vampires, zombies and other crazies all around him. He thinks his job is to save them and somehow help them become human again. But it's not working out quite as he had planned. And in all of his "saving" his family is feeling neglected. I was asked to review this book for a contest. I'll be honest, I wouldn't have picked it out myself. I'm not a fantasy fan normally. But when I picked up this book I was pleasantly surprised. It's not your typical vampire/zombie type book. After all, it does say Christian at the end of the title. The reading world seems to be in a frenzy for zombies, vampires and werewolves. The author took this obsession and turned it into something beautiful. The allegory is well written and humorous. The plan of salvation is quite subtle at first, but begins to really shine through at the end. It doesn't end perfectly; because life isn't perfect. It's definitely something I would recommend and I'm glad that despite my reservations I agreed to participate in the contest. Check out the author video to learn more about this book. I received this book free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.