If you’re looking for a new approach to what it means to live a worthy Christian life, look no further than Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos. Zombies, werewolves, androids, and a crazy professor race around with the author trying to stay alive and make sense of the craziness.
The author’s stated purpose was to answer the question “What does a transformed life actually look like?” This is an issue for Christians, because even when we know we’re justified—made right with God—we’re sometimes not so sure that transformation is visible in our lives. We know it’s supposed to be but we’re not quite sure how to go about it. This book will be much more humorous for Christians than non-Christians, and that may have been the author’s intent.
The physical transformation of the werewolf is reminiscent of the dragon’s transformation in C.S. Lewis’ Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. It is a painfully beautiful representation of what truly happens when we shed the skin of our old lives (205).
The most memorable quote comes on when the author describes what it is like to return home from a concert where beautiful music has transcended life. “For those two hours we remembered that we need not be captives to our base selves, because by God’s grace there stirs a deeper desire to be like the one who made us” (223).
Sometimes the transformed life seems too awful, too strange, or too painful. Everything does not go right and everyone does not live happily ever after. We often try to put back on our base natures. By God’s providence, we may have believers in our lives that will take us in and care for us when this happens:
“One night not long ago, I heard wailing coming from Luther’s [the former werewolf] house, through the rain and the darkness. It sounded like the distress cries of the newly born, and when I ran across the street, I found him huddled on the side of the house, his wolf skin tied onto him with twine. He was crying in the rain, saying that he wanted her back and he thought that everything would be wonderful when he was born again, but he was wrong. It’s not all wonderful. It’s worth it, but it’s not wonderful. I took him inside and stripped him out of the wolf’s skin. I put a blanket over him on the couch and turned up the heater, and I sat with him for much of the night” (234).
Sometimes all we can do is sit up with each other when things get bad, and laugh with each other when the wounds have healed and we can look up toward the light, and toward hope. This is what a transformed life looks like.
Watch the author’s video trailer here: http://www.tyndale.com/video/296
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