The Christian Zombie Killer's Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within
Jeff Kinley, according to his bio page on Amazon, does youth minisitry and his book is based on exactly the sort of catchy hook you need to put together a solid series for youth group. Kids (and heck, many adults-including me) love zombies and when you can tie faith into zombies. . . instant winner of a youth group sermon!
Kinley sets out to teach about sin, grace, salvation and Christ by telling a zombie story. This bizarre premise is exactly what drew me to the book. Interspersed between chapters of the zombie story are theological discourses or written sermons of a sort. If you are looking for deep, theological discourse, you may want to look elsewhere. These simple explanations of faith and Christianity are geared toward youth who are not active in or knowledgeable about Christian faith. If you're looking for a book about salvation that you can get a group of teenagers to read, you're on the right track. While the story is written in the trendy new "we're going to ignore tenses and write like we're breathlessly telling a story to the police" style that drives me up the wall, I think that for teens today, this is exactly the right way to go about it.
I will say, that as zombie gore goes, this was a little tame and I was thankful for that. I have a love/hate relationship with zombies and zombie gore. If you're just looking for a gory thriller, go elsewhere. If you're looking for a book that will deepen your already strong faith in Christ, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a youth group read or a book to help grab a few youth group sermon illustrations/ideas from (cite, please- even pastors have to cite their resources), you are in the right ballpark. After reading this, and being in youth ministry myself, I'm curious to check out some of Kinley's other work.
Overall, 3.5/5 stars because of the breathless storytelling and narrow audience.
www.booksneeze.com was cool enough to supply me with a review copy of this book. I said nice things even though I didn't have to.