ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 THE AUTHOR:
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.
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My Ranking: 5 out of 10
Ages 16 & up
The moment I read the synopsis of this book I knew it was a must-read for me. The church today is one of the biggest things that really gets me fired up. I find that a lot of churches today have little to do with actually leading people in the Truth to God. Generally, they are more what I call selling religion, preaching what people want to hear rather than what they need to hear. When I read about this book, I thought that that was where Edwards was going with this, but sadly it wasn't. It was the exact opposite.
To be honest, as I read the first few chapters I was absolutely loving it. It wasn't until my mom picked it up and read it in a different light, also skipping to the end to see if her ideas of what Edwards was getting at was true, and told me her thoughts that I actually realized how this book was not what I was hoping it would be. It did have good points about the lifelessness in churches today, but he wasn't going for the way I was taking it -- he was trying to further the idea of mega churches.
After I realized this, the following chapters were read in a whole different light. I actually didn't finish the book because I began disagreeing with what was being said; not necessarily because of what was said, but because I now knew what he meant by it and I disagreed.
But, because my thoughts and beliefs are my own, I do think that many people would really enjoy this book. He did have some excellent points about how lifeless the church is now. If you would enjoy a book that encourages church growth above all and talks about the lack of passion in churches today, you might like this book. You can find it here.