Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Zombie Church" by Tyler Edwards

"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.

About Zombie Church:
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. Order a copy here.

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 DeadThe Signal, and 28 Days Later, where zombies run wild and threaten to infect an entire town. Connect with Tyler on Facebook.

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  1. It seems to me one of the greatest struggles we face as Christians is finding our identity in the right place. We look to the things of this world: our jobs, titles, accomplishments, awards, friends, family, even opinions of strangers to define us. We let the world decide who we are and how valuable we are. So when we come to church with that attitude the only way we know how to assess ourselves it to compare ourselves to others. So the service becomes a competition of who can make themselves look the best. Jesus doesn’t ask us to look good He asks us to follow Him and allow Him to make us good. Our identity should come from Him. Our value should come from Him. He should be the focus of our lives and the standard by which we judge ourselves. One key way to avoid becoming a zombie: maintain a healthy focus on Jesus.