Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zombie Church by Tyler Edwards

Kregel Publications
220 pages

Zombie Church, at first I thought that would be a better name for a Fiction Book, instead of a book with a serious subject, but after reading it, I think the author hit perfect title.

Just a few pages into this book, I realized that I've attended a few of these churches over the years.  I didn't realize it at the time, but when you go to church, and come out feeling worse than when you walked into the building, you aren't getting anything from the service.  When the people aren't friendly, or not interested in meeting a new 'face'and you don't feel welcome there, or when the Minister's message leaves you feeling like he's not really interested in the 'new guy' or 'new gal' in the audience, you are in a Zombie Church.   I even quit attending churches, because I felt unwelcome and figured there was something wrong with me. Thank goodness, I finally found a church where I felt the minister had a message, the members were friendly and welcoming, and I stuck with it, and am still there.

This is a good book, well written, and the subject, though serious, is covered in a way that makes you want to keep reading.  I plan on giving this book to our Minister, as it is a subject he has mentioned on several occasions, though he calls it filling a pew.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions expressed here are my own, I'm not required to give a positive review.


NanaDiana said...

Oh- I have been in some of those churches too, Jettie. Or some that were so mega-sized that I felt like a number and not a person. It is hard to find a good church where you really feel connected. xo Diana

Tyler Edwards said...

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.