A Christian, Monster Read? And a Giveaway
What does a story about werewolves, vampires, and mad scientists have to do with living the Christian life? Quite a lot, actually, when the story happens to be Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos.
Mikalatos crafts a clever story about the monsters he discovers in his neighborhood and his quest to help one of them, a werewolf, change before the monster hunter finds and kills him. The tale uses humor and all the creepy elements of a classic monster movie to symbolize the monsters we all have inside. The creatively told monster tale clearly shows the reader how to recognize these monsters as well as offering solutions for defeating the monsters inside. And the whole story is entertaining, not preachy.
When Matt, leader of his one man neighborhood watch program, stumbles upon an argument between his neighbor and his neighbor's wife, he takes it upon himself to be on the lookout for trouble in the neighborhood. He meets a mad scientist and his robot sidekick who are looking for monsters in the neighborhood, and Matt discovers the truth about his neighbor. When Matt and his new friends begin a quest to help their neighbor, they find more monsters in some unexpected places; but they also learn that Jesus Christ offers the ultimate solution to the monsters in us all.
I totally enjoyed this interesting tale. I laughed and was entertained; but, at the same time, I was very moved and convicted in parts. Mikalatos has the ability to present the gospel, as well as truths about the Christian life, in an entertaining and non-threatening way. This is a great read for mature Christians who need to see how we all have those sin monsters- that can sometimes be hidden away- and for seekers who have been burned by the church and the people in the church so many times that the whole thing is a turn off.
For more information about this really good read, check out the author's video here.
Visit the Tyndale website to purchase Night of the Living Dead Christian. And, check out Mikalatos's blog for more information about him and about his previous book- My Imaginary Jesus. Finally, if you'd like to win your own copy of Night of the Living Dead Christian, please leave a comment below. I'll be drawing for a winner this Saturday- the 17th of December!
I received a free copy of the book from Tyndale for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.