Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos

Matt Mikalatos, self-nominated Chief Officer of the Local Neighborhood Watch, is there for his neighborhood – whether they want him or not. He walks the rounds each night in his suburban neighborhood on the lookout for dangers like, well, something dangerous… but definitely not a mad scientist and his android, a monster hunter chasing a werewolf or a hoard of zombies. Fortunately for the reader these are exactly what he finds, and more.

Night of the Living Dead Christian
One Man’s Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover What It Means to Be Truly Transformed
By Matt Mikalatos
Tyndale House
September 2011

Unusual becomes the norm as Matt, along with the mad scientist and android, befriend the werewolf and set out on a quest to help find a cure for him. Transformation is the clear goal, but the way is much less so and their journey leads them from one ridiculous and totally hilarious situation to another: a preacher who makes zombies of his parishioners; a reluctant vampire; a secret lair out of gas; an automaton Jesus who prompts a debate on Bible translation. Every page in this book is chock full of witty banter, weirdness and frivolity and is completely infused with a playfulness that is so often lacking in today’s mostly stuffy Christian section at the book store.

Along the way, something funny (in a different way) happened to me as I read this book: I was challenged about what it really means to be a Christian and what our goal on this planet actually is. Are we here to sign up for fire insurance or are we supposed to be changing into something more? The struggles of Mikalatos’ monsters mirror my own (and yours too if you let them,) reminding me that Jesus and Christianity are so much more than we’ve limited them to and we can do better.

There are so few truly humorous books and even fewer humorous Christian books. But Mikalatos, both the writer and the character in the story, succeed unconditionally and for that reason alone this book is worth a read. The fact that it is also clever, pointed and enlightening only serves to add to its appeal. Night of the Living Dead Christian is one of the best Christian books this year. Not only does it entertain but it informs and challenges. Anyone who reads this book cannot but be transformed.

Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on Christianity, Zombies, and anything else he wants to.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

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