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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 ...
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.
Posted October 18, 2011
Tyler Edwards designs his first book around the theme of zombies and how some of the churches today are zombie like in their living for Christ. He writes "Apathy has stained our lives so pervasively that we don't even recognize it anymore". Many churches are dead to call of the Holy Spirit and the Bible has lost its appeal. I personally don't enjoy Zombie movies or anything related to them. I wasn't sure who Tyler's target audience was, but guessing the under age 30 crowd of those Christians making up the Zombie churches and not realizing it?
I disagreed with a statement he wrote on page 43 "The Bible is very important but again it is not God". Where John 1:1 "In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". Also he says that people can make the Bible an idol, like that is a negative thing. If I were going to make anything an idol wouldn't I want it to be God? That thought left me disheartened though I know I get what he was trying to say in not making the laws of the Bible, and the ways of the church an idol.
The devil does find it easier to distract people in a zombie church, and I agree that there are dead churches out there that need some life blood pumped back into them. Being from a living church I think that there are 'dead' people all around us, even sitting in the pew next to us.
I appreciate Tyler trying to become culturally intune with the theme of Zombies, but as Christians we need to stand out and be different from the world. I didn't get his whole Zombie thing really.
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Posted October 19, 2011
"Life is found in what a church does with Jesus and how they go about following Him in their community." pg. 19
Zombie Church? Really? Aren't zombies the walking dead? Could it be that you or I are in a church that really has no life to it? Yes, it is possible. We all have seen churches that look well attended, but that is the only presence they have in the community. There is no warmth. There is no light from Heaven shining through the body of believers illuminating those who are around them. Simply attending church and going through the motions doesn't prove life. In his new book, Tyler Edwards not only exposes the Zombie Church but offers solutions to breathe new life into her. Basically, the cure is to do something; something that will glorify the Lord; something that will show the community His life and love.
What an eye-opener! But this book didn't just offer me a new way of looking at what I called dead churches, but also offered solutions on how to get the fire going again. Whether you are in the affected church or know someone there, you can help affect change. Mr. Edwards engages his readers and encourages them to get active, get busy, and come back to life! I recommend this book to all Christians and think it should be in every church library. Today, more than ever, we need to be alive!
I was privileged to receive a review copy from Litfuse and to be part of the book's blog tour.
Posted October 14, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2011
Tyler Edwards in his new book "Zombie Church" published by Kregel Publications gives us A creative, entertaining approach to resurrecting the undead church.
Tyler Edwards makes a point in the title of his new book, "Zombie Church" by simply pointing out that there are Churches that exist that are neither dead nor alive that produce nothing and accomplish nothing. Pastor Edwards feels that it is time to breathe life back into the Body of Christ. With chapters that deal with: The Undead Heart, Lost Soul and The Rotten Mind Pastor Edwards exposes the zombie infection in some churches.
Is it too late for the Body of Christ? Are we doomed to wander the Earth in an undead fashion? No. Jesus said He is the Life and that He came to bring Life to His people. Pastor Edwards then goes on to give us a chapter on, "Awakening The Undead" and then, "Searching For The Cure". "Zombie Church" is 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 Jesus.
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Posted October 10, 2011
Covered with post it notes, filled with highlighted passages and lovingly dog-eared, "Zombie Church:Breathing Life Back into the Body of Christ", turned out to be an in depth, fascinating reading, that is written by a pastor himself, Tyler Edwards, who explores how the church is dying, just going through the motions and how we, the church body, can breathe new life into a "Zombie Church". Off hand, the title may seem misleading and even questionable, but reading the book,this is a rich, scriptural filled look into how churches today are losing track from their Acts counterparts. Filled with provocative anecdotes that anyone whose experienced a cold church can relate to, "Zombie Church" isn't a judgmental writing, or even cynical look at Christians and the church, but instead, an eye opening, heartfelt look at how the church of the 21st century is losing its way. From sharing about a church that whittle down to nine members that didn't seem to really care about their church, other than the fact that it was a church that they had always gone to, to churches that you and I have no doubt experienced at some point or time, "Zombie Church" will open the eyes of the state of churches today. In an example that is shared,Tyler Edwards writes,"When a church stops making a difference in its community, then it's probably drifting away from the Holy Spirit". He writes earlier in the book,"When the church neglects the commission of Jesus-stops ministering to the poor and the hurting and stops sharing the love of God with others-then it stops living. It just exists and keeps on existing. Undead. How can a church offer the eternal life of God if it does not have life in its midst". This is such an eye opening, humbling book to read and yet its not ugly or being condescending; It presents a radical but entertaining and also strives to share what is missing in today's churches and how in the process, the church may not so much as dying, but neither is it living either. Throughout the book, I found myself, post it notes in hand and a highlighter, marking spots to re-read or to share and even quote from and other's to highlight to go back, mull over some more and reflect at the honesty that Tyler Edwards is sharing from not only just a pastor's perspective, but a follower of Christ, perspective on, what seems to be an unspoken issue with the church. Its not an easy thing to discuss about, but it is something that we need to talk about and Tyler Edwards does in an eye catching way that definitely does what it intends....draw attention, creates discussion, and causes the reader, to go...what does zombies have to do with church, only to discover, in often humbling way, what "Zombie Church" seeks to convey to the reader. It's honest, its thought provoking, it tongue in the cheek, commends a second look, its blunt where it needs to be blunt, but in a refreshing loving way that needs to be addressed and not pushed under the rug, "Zombie Church" just revitalizes how we view not just going to church, but how we can be more living, active members of the church body and from within reach out to the community as well. I truly enjoy reading this book and felt that Tyler Edwards, wonderfully addressed even the issues that many of us may have at one time or another, but was too afraid or intimidated to share with others such as the part about having those daysWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2011
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse for review purposes.
Posted October 5, 2011
Even though I am not a Christian, this book caught my eye, mainly because it surprised me to see the words "zombie" and "Christianity" together on the cover. I was prepared to read a lot of things that would bother me, but there were very rare moments where the writing got incredibly preachy. Not too bad, overall.
The premise of the book is interesting, since the author seemed to tackle the same questions that many of us non-Christians have about the church, things like why aren't the Christians more like the Christ they worship? Why is there so much hypocrisy in the religion, with believers always preaching things they don't follow themselves? I was gratified to read that the author had questioned these things himself and been disappointed in many of the modern churches. The book is a sort of manual on how to avoid becoming a dreaded zombie church, or zombie individual, following dogma without belief.
There are a few things that did bother me. Many times, the author spoke of non-Christians as being "dead" since we have no purpose in life. For me that's an offense. Just because I'm not a Christian doesn't mean I don't have beliefs. There are a few comments like that throughout the book that should have been edited out, mainly because the author was preaching against such prejudice pages before. A little hypocrisy right there.
I cannot recommend this book for non-Christians, but for those of you who do believe in Christ, this should be a book to add to your collection.