July 19, 2012 by Chris French
I enjoy a good fiction book so when I saw Night of the Living Dead Christians at McKay I picked it up. The storyline centers around Matt Mikalatos, a fictional portrayal of the author, and his neighbor Luther Martin. Luther has a problem. When he gets mad he turns into a werewolf. He doesn’t like his werewolf side so he asks for Matt’s help and their small gang tries to help him kill the wolf thru the book.
This parody focuses on crucifying certain aspects of yourself to become more like Jesus. Luther has an anger problem and we know that the anger of man doesn’t produce the righteousness of God (James 1.20) so Mikalatos portrays that sin as a werewolf, which is fairly adept of him because usually our anger destroys without thought much like werewolves.
Luther is not the only monster in the book. There is a vampire (read someone who is so selfish and self-absorbed that they suck the life out of others) several zombies (Christians who mindlessly follow a moral system without ever becoming transformed by Christ), a mad scientist (someone who thinks they’re better than everyone else, deals with pride), and a robot (someone who has stifled their emotions so they never really feel anything.
Mikalatos is a talented writer so the storyline and characters are well-developed. The idea the book is based on, a comparison between the damage our sins cause to the damage a monster would cause is interesting too. I think it’s probably more of a book for teens than adults, but the message needs to be heard by all. Our sins hurt not only ourselves and God, but everyone around us. We need to kill those sins, crucifying them on Jesus’ cross and leaving them there (Galatians 5.24).