One of our old Halloween traditions is to watch B movies and laugh out loud at the special effects. I enjoy the old monster movies, which probably predispositioned me to enjoy Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos.
Night of the Living Dead Christian is an allegory of the Christian life in suburbia. There are so many things that we hide from one another in our daily lives that we feel identify us as monsters. Things are going on around us all the time and we rarely take the time to acknowledge or explore them. In this book, Mikalatos does an excellent job diving into the secret lives of Christians and looking at those things that keep us from being fully alive in Christ.
The main monsters in this book include a werewolf, mad scientist, android, vampire, zombies, and mild mannered Mikalatos. I was drawn in to the interludes provided by the werewolf and struck by the honesty in regards to the human condition. In some ways, I longed for there to be more of this frightful honesty, which pushed me on in the book. I was struck by the levity of the characters and the gravity of the content. The two were woven together with great finesse. I thank Matt Mikalatos for writing Night of the Living Dead Christian. He has done a wonderful job using the gifts that God has blessed him with to share a message that we could all bear to hear.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just some fluff fiction, it is true theology at its best.
This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. I am not obligated to give a positive review.