it is, as the subtitle claims, ferociously funny. the novel is also a touching theological and spiritual journey.
Night Of The Living Dead Christian tells the story of a Lutheran named Luther Anne Martin, a man who struggles with faith and lycanthropy, or werewolfism.
without giving away too much of the novel, the story involves other creatures and characters, including the author himself, action, adventure, violence, and humour.
with the help of a scientist named Daniel Culberton and a robot, er, i mean android named Hibbs, Matt and Luther try to discover what a transformed life truly looks like.
Night Of The Living Dead Christian is as thought-provoking as it is funny. i found myself laughing out loud at times and reflecting deeply at other times.
Relevant Magazine, reviewing Imaginary Jesus, Mikalatos’ first novel, wrote: “Think Monty Python meets C.S. Lewis.” the same could be said of this book.
after reading Night Of The Living Dead Christian and reflecting upon Scripture, i’m drawn to two passages from Paul.
the first is Romans 7:15-16: “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” (NLT)
the second is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT)
i know, i know; Luther would not appreciate using the New Living Translation. oh well.
the above passages articulate the struggle we Christians face. we are new creations, yet we do what we don’t want to do at times. we sin at times. Night Of The Living Dead Christian is a great parable/allegory that explores the tension between these two texts.
along with the novel is a Discussion Guide which is useful for small groups and book clubs and a guide for self-diagnosis to common monstrosities which is useful if you or someone you know may be a monster or is struggling with monster-like symptoms.
Night Of The Living Dead Christian is a wonderful read. it’s especially great for fans a monster movies and creature features.
*NOTE: Tyndale Publishing gave me a free copy of Night Of The Living Dead Christian for a review posting on my blog. For more information check out the Tyndale Blog Network.
*P.S. NOTE: In fact, for this post I was lucky enough to be part of the Matt Mikalatos blog tour and there are some extra perks. For one thing, check out this video: http://www.tyndale.com/video/296. Two, check out these sites: http://mattmikalatos.com and www.tyndale.com. And three, I have a certificate to give away from Tyndale House Publishers for a free copy of Night Of The Living Dead Christian. The first person to comment on this post with the answer to these two questions will win the certificate: who co-wrote and directed the 1968 film Night Of The Living Dead? What are the names of Santa’s reindeer?