Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Night of the Living Dead Christian

I confess... I have a dark side. A side that secretly enjoys things like zombies, werewolves and vampires. I like being scared by reading about them, but I don't like the more adult versions. I'm more child-like when it comes to my creatures. I enjoy them as imaginary beings that will never harm me.

When Matt Mikalatos wrote "Night of the Living Dead Christian", it sounded like something I needed to read. It appeared that it was going to be humorous and a spoof off of the "Night of the Living Dead". I had pictured so many things that this book was going to be and I couldn't wait to get it.

It was at the time I requested the book that I also found that Matt was the same author of another book that was in my TBR pile, "Imaginary Jesus". I will admit that I had bypassed this book many times because it seemed a bit offensive to me - that the book was making fun of Jesus and I really couldn't understand why a Christian book seller would promote such nonsense. Oh, I did say it was in my TBR pile, didn't I? So why would I have an offensive book in my TBR pile? Ummm - well it was a moment of weakness and it was offered free for my Nook... and it was by a Christian publisher... and.... Well, you get the picture.

While waiting for "Night of the Living Dead Christian" to arrive, I read "Imaginary Jesus". I wasn't expecting to like it and had a definite aversion to it going in. I quickly changed my mind as I realized what Mr. Mikalatos was doing and where he was going with the book, and I found it both humorous and absolutely brilliant!

If you are expecting "Night of the Living Dead Christian" to be a spoof like I did, you are in for a surprise. Yes, you will find zombies, werewolves and vampires and even a mad scientist and a robot - um - android, but there is such a powerful message hidden in the story that one is likely to not forget it easily. To put it as simply as possible, this book is a story about transformation - a true transformation.

Media and religion really can blind us to what the Bible really says about God and being a Christian. Matt Mikalatos tackles these difficult subjects with humor and yet such truth, AND he does it in the form of an entertaining and VERY enlightening story. I cannot recommend them highly enough!

Make sure to visit Matt Mikalatos' page and have a look at his Monster guide. Can you identify with any of them?

Night of the Living Dead Christian can be purchased here

Make sure to visit the other participants in the tour to see what they are saying about Matt and his book:

This book was provided by the author/publisher for this CSFF Tour. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.


  1. Great review! I had a similar reaction to Imaginary Jesus, initially and as I read it. Did you notice that the publisher recently repackaged that one under the slightly altered title My Imaginary Jesus? I think that's much better -- more true to what the book is about.

    But you're also right about . While it is a spoof, it is not simply a spoof. The import of the story makes the humor secondary.

    I'm with you--must read books.


  2. I am seriously impressed! I don't read a lot of Christian fiction but I really need to change that. Think I'll be starting with Night of the Living Dead Christian!

  3. Theresa, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the book(s)! One of the most difficult things about both my books has been convincing people to give them a try because they look dangerous, or disrespectful. I'm thankful you gave them both a shot, and likewise thankful that you gave such a warm recommendation to your followers. Thanks!



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