Book Review: “The Christian Zombie Killers Hanbook” by Jeff Kinley

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“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.” — Ephesians 2:4-5

“The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within” is pretty much two books in one. Kinley starts off with a fictional narrative where a zombie strain has infiltrated human society. Over the course of several ‘episodes’ he unpacks the story of Ben, the protagonist, and the history of the zombie disease.

Intermixed with these ‘episodes’ are chapters discussing how man’s sin nature is personified with having a zombie inside each of us. These chapters are where Kinley does his best work. Over the course of the book Kinley touches on creation, fall, redemption and the end times, while continually tying it back to his zombie theme throughout.

The fictional narrative seemed, at first, to just shuffle along, but by the end had taken on a life it’s own. I came to appreciate Ben, his family and co-workers and I found myself longing to read more about their world and the exploits of the Zombie Task Force.

Kinley takes a strong stance on how broken everyone is. There are definitely strong stated theological concepts communicated throughout the book, but that alone is actually the most refreshing aspect to consider – despite the consequences that proceed our brokeness.

This book is everything the title & awesome cover begs to convey — controversial, disturbing, and full of carnage. If you are not willing to be challenged mentally and/or theologically, then maybe this book isn’t for you, but if you seek to examine what’s consuming you every day, then I encourage you to read Christian Zombie Killers Handbook.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review program. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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A life saved…

I recently wrote a post concerning second chances… and I mentioned that I was saved as a young child.

From the time I was born, my mom took my brothers & I to church every week. We usually went to church multiple times a week. Some seasons in my life we would attend home fellowships, mid-week studies, potlucks, prayer groups, and Sunday services as often as possible. We were ‘at church’ 3-4 times a week.

Growing up, my parents had an extremely difficult marriage. I remember times when my dad would just ‘check-out’ from the family life thing for a couple weeks at a time while he chased after unsatisfying fulfillment via booze, drugs, and extra-marital affairs.

Though I was unaware of the extent of hurt & pain that my mom endured, it was clear that everything in her life drew her closer to Jesus.

Her life is a true testament to me that God was/is the real deal. Her hope rested within the arms of Christ. Looking back in my life, I learned more about what it means to cling to Jesus from my mom than anyone else.

When I was six years of age I attended a small vacation bible school at a little white chapel in the country outside of Rainier, OR. I was thoroughly taught the gospel. I learned & understood that this thing ‘sin’ had messed up everything in my life and throughout the world. I realized that it was sin that caused my family to be screwed up. It was sin that caused me to be a knucklehead and not obey my parents or God. I clearly remember taking part in reciting the “sinner’s prayer” and asking Jesus to come live in my heart.

So that’s the marker in time that I’m able to look back on & recall my salvation experience; yet, I also know that scripture teaches us that God chose us before the foundations of the world.

Since then, it has been a journey to say the least. I think that being saved at such an early age presents an incredibly mind-blowing excursion. Walking with Jesus while treading through the muck & mire of adolescence definitely attests to the grace God so efficiently extends to His children.

So… can you recall your ‘salvation experience’? Are you ‘saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ’?

*** This post is a contribution to the ‘Blog Challenge‘ via Sierra Nicole’s blog.