It’s another book review!
Even if you don’t watch TV or go to the movies I have a feeling you know vampires and zombies are all over the place. Tyler Edwards noticed zombies weren’t just featured in the media, they were right in the church. He paints a vivid picture about the state of the church—that for too long the “this is how we’ve always done it”ruled over a hurting person seeking Christ. When someone shows passion for their Savior the fire is quickly put out. That there is no one crueler than the Christian who disagrees with another’s theology.
It’s harsh but I have to say, he boldly wrote things I’ve been saying for years. One of my mantras is what he wrote—that the devil is busiest at church. Of course the enemy will be at church with a plan to divide and conquer. For too long and way too often our response as a body of Christ has been to say and do nothing. After all, there are some churches who don’t even want to talk about sin. The devil? They don’t want to go there.
The good news about Zombie Church is that Tyler Edwards doesn’t just say what’s wrong and end the book. He explains that there is a cure. I’m not giving his words away but I can say this, it’s been the cry of my heart for years. To Tyler Edwards I say AMEN.
I recommend this book for everyone. On my Facebook wall I see posts from so many people defining themselves as atheists that I honestly think are just people wounded by religious people. I think Zombie Church would help. For those in the church I think it’s a very good “heart check”. Read the book and see if any of his observations ring true. Who knows? Perhaps you are a zombie in need of a resurrection.
Tyler Edwards knows the One who could rescue you. Why not give Zombie Church a serious read?
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|A creative, entertaining approach to resurrecting the undead church.
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.
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About Tyler Edwards:
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 Christian College 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.
I received this book from Kregel in exchange for an honest review.