Book Review: Zombie Church (and a giveaway)

Zombie Church
By
Tyler Edwards

I was recently chosen to participate in a blog tour for Tyler Edwards’ first book, Zombie Church. If you’d like to check out other stops on this blog tour, click here.

About the Book

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.

My Thoughts:

Tyler Edwards hits the nail on the head with his analogy of the zombie church and addresses this issue in a fashion that is super easy to understand. I’d never thought about churches as being zombie-like, but I can definitely understand the comparison after reading Zombie Church. Mainstream Christianity is definitely lacking something and Edwards is able to identify the problem and offer solutions without writing over the reader’s head. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and completely agree with Edwards’ conclusion that is all comes down to love.

If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

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.

Giveaway:

The publisher is sponsoring a $50 Amazon.com giveaway open to both you and your blog readers. If you post for the blog tour you’re already entered into the contest.

To enter all you have to do is send a tweet (using @litfuse) about Zombie Church or share about it on Facebook!
If you tweet we’ll capture your entry when you use @litfuse. If you share it on Facebook or your blog, just email us and let us know (info@litfusegroup.com). Easy. (All Litfuse bloggers who post a review are automatically entered and do NOT need to email us.)
Not sure what to tweet/post? Here’s an idea:

TWEET THIS: Zombie Church by Tyler Edwards – a fair-minded & tenderhearted critique of the church http://ow.ly/6Nv05 @litfuse RT for $50 to @amazon
FACEBOOK THIS: Don’t miss Edwards – a fair-minded and tenderhearted critique of the church. http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13424384 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. Share this for a chance at $50 to Amazon.com

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of Zombie Church in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own, I was not required to post a positive review.

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One thought on “Book Review: Zombie Church (and a giveaway)

  1. Every generation of Christians has their obstacles to overcome. Hearing many Christian leaders talk about the church and promote abandoning the sinking ship made me realize that while the issues haven’t changed for some of us the resolve and willingness to face them has. Despite her problems, the church is the bride of Christ and we who are the people of God should be willing to stand up and fight for His bride. God gave us the church for a reason, when it works properly the church is a powerful force in this world. What we need is not to give up on the church but to help heal the church of its aliments. All it takes is one person to bring the church back to the path God laid out for her. My hope is that reading this book, more Christians within the church will stand up to be that one person.

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