What is a zombie church? According to Tyler Edwards it is a church that appears to be alive, but is really spiritually dead. It’s a church that goes through the motions of what church is expected to be like, but the heart is gone. What causes a church to become a zombie church? Christ is no longer the center and focus of the church. They may speak of Jesus and even teach about Him, but they don’t try to live like Him. Instead, the zombie church focuses on rituals, events, study groups, etc. None of these things are bad in and of themselves, but when they replace Jesus as the focus of the church you are left with a zombie church.
Zombie Church is Tyler Edwards’ first book, and he’s done a good job. This is going to be a tough read for a lot of people. It’s going to push a lot of people out of their comfort zones, but it’s an important message. Edwards has a love for cheesy zombie movies, and he makes many comparisons between the mindless zombies in these movies and the American church of today. He reminds us that as followers of Jesus we are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). The book can be a bit repetitive at times as Edwards drives his point home, but the last two chapters are worth reading the entire book. Those last two chapters focus on living a life of love as Jesus did. It’s a lesson we all need.
1) Is it understandable? = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 4
4) Quality of Writing = 4
5) Overall Enjoyability = 4
Average of score 4.25
Overall grade = B
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from LitFuse.
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This was book 36 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.