Friday, October 21, 2011

Blog Tour: Zombie Church (Review)

Tyler Edwards is a young pastor, working to change the church from the inside.

But unlike others, Edwards doesn't talk about tearing down the church to fix it.

Instead, drawing on the images found in Zombie movies, Edwards shows his readers things that probably do need "new life" breathed into them and offers ways we can have healthy, life-filled churches.

I'll be honest, I picked up this book because Edwards lives in my "home area." (I'm a Joplin-metro gal, growing up just outside of town).

As the education editor of JoplinDaily.com (the now non-existent newspaper in Joplin), I covered lots of stories related to OCC - his college, and various things happening in churches throughout Joplin.

So it was intriguing to find a book written by a young, rising pastor - part of the "younger generation."

I found a well written book (duh right), that made me stop and think. It's interesting - in fact, as I read it I was thinking of who to pass it on to - because I think a friend could develop an intriguing sermon series based upon Edwards' concepts.

While Edwards writes about the church, the same concepts and ideas could also be related to the Christian life in general.

I will tell you this, you might not always agree with Edwards, but this book will cause you to stop and ponder.  

More About The Book
From The Publisher
Believing there is a way to breathe life back into the church, Tyler Edwards highlights and challenges the problematic attitude of today's believers. Written for the discouraged, disenfranchised, and anyone unsatisfied with their same-old church routine, Zombie Church is an accessible, humorous book that challenges readers to turn away from Spirit-draining (or life-draining) habits that stop them from achieving a full, fulfilling life in Christ.

For all of us who have ever attended First Church of the Frigidaire, Edwards' book will be warmly welcomed. It is a fair-minded and tenderhearted critique. . . . This novel lens of zombies allows the reader to see afresh the desperate need for awakening in the church.
-Mark Moore, PhD, Professor of New Testament,
Ozark Christian College

More About The Author
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 Dead, The Signal, and 28 Days Later, where zombies run wild and threaten to infect an entire town. Connect with Tyler on Facebook.

Online Resources
Buy it at Amazon.com
ind it at Barnes & Noble
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Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see another person from Joplin on here. Thank you for taking the time to review the book and I am glad you liked it. I am glad it made you think, I think sometimes we get so afraid that if we lose uniformity we lose unity that we don't actually want to disagree on things. It is sad as the world God made is beautiful and diverse and sometimes the beauty is in that we all have slightly different perspectives and yet we have them with mutual respect and love for each other because Jesus ties us all together. Jesus asks for unity in diversity not uniformity. So I find it exciting when thoughts make people think even if they dont complete agree on everything.

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