Review: The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within
The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within by Jeff Kinley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you read the title of this book and think, like I did, of the old Audio Adrenaline song  “Some Kinda Zombie,” well, think again.  This time, instead of the zombie being the Christian who was once dead in sin and now undead in Christ, Jeff Kinley writes about the zombie within every person that can only be killed through the death and resurrection of Christ.

Spliced with scenes of your run-of-the-mill zombie flick, with little to no relevance to the rest of the book, Kinley talks very accurately about the Bible’s teaching that we are all born in sin, that sin is a corrupting force in the world, that sin is alive in every person, and that there is only one solution.

Not being a zombie novel connoisseur, I did not find the zombie portions that engaging.  It was somewhat interesting how he took the idea that becoming a zombie was some dormant virus in the body that was activated after death and connected it to how every person is born with a sin nature, but beyond that it was not terribly interesting.

The theology was surprisingly conservative, considering it is a book that is obviously meant to engage people who would never typically read a book in the “Christian Living” section of the local bookstore.  From that perspective, it is probably a book that will be most often bought by well-meaning Christian women for their teenage sons who will thoughtlessly discard it in a pile of Bible tracts.  Yet, for those who will actually pick it up, they may find the book engaging enough to hear about their disease of sin and the one powerful solution: Christ.

The only exception I would make to the “strong theology” assessment is the last chapter (as opposed to the zombie story, each of which are called “episodes”).  Taking cues from the zombie-pocalypse from the final “episode,” Kinley describes a strong dispensational view of the end times and how the world is to become worse and worse before the end.  I still wonder why people like this still choose to live on the surface of the planet.

All in all this was an okay book.  It may serve to bring some people to Christ, and even a few is worth the paper.  Unless this book is calling your name, I would suggest spending your time reading something else.


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Aaron is a counselor and student of the Bible, passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, one-year-old son and their two dogs. View all posts by Aaron Gardner

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