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I have to start my review with an apology. I haven't quite been able to finish this yet. I have read 7 of the 12 chapters and am just loving it. My enjoyment of the book is what's holding me up. It's making me think and ponder--myself, my relationship with the Lord, my church, my small group, etc. I love it. So far, I would have to say nothing in this book is rocket science or completely new information. However, Ecclesiastes does teach us that there is nothing new under the sun.
I think what does make this book unique is both his analogy is distinctive and he manages to convey his message in love. There are some hard truths in this book but his overall message(s) are the two greatest commandments: Love God and Love you neighbor as your self. I find he is very motivating to know God better, to love Him more and to love others while demonstrating that in real and practical ways.
I admire his stance that we need to heal the church, not abandon, change, ignore, etc. Rather his message is heal the church starting with ourselves. Rooting out the apathy and "zombieness" from our own hearts. Remove our own planks.
I will definitely be finishing this book because I need to see where it is all going. I have already been pondering what changes I can make in my life and where. Love it. Highly recommend it.
About Zombie Church:
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. Order a copy here.
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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.