Monday, October 24, 2011

5 titles to read in the event of a zombie apocalypse

Have you heard? The undead have taken over mainstream fiction. Even the CDC is preparing folks in the event of an invasion. I would be remiss if did not give my inspy readers a heads up.

Don't worry, I got your back. Should you find yourself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse-dancing or otherwise-here are five titles sure to get you through the crisis (at the very least, you can chuck the books as you make your getaway).

Title: The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook by Jeff Kinley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, October 2011
Ben Forman was just an ordinary guy, a young professional starting his first job and falling in love with his girlfriend. Living in the outskirts of a southern city, he didn't think the zombie activity so common in the major cities would hit so close to home. But it was becoming clear that the mysterious infection reanimating the deceased was a growing epidemic across the country. The question was, would he stay alive or become the undead?

In this one-of-kind approach to teaching about sin, grace, and salvation, The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook tracks the fictional life of Ben Forman and offers solid Bible teaching to help readers understand the gravity and consequences of life without God, of life as a zombie. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved." Without the salvation Jesus offers, we are all as good as dead. But as this book teaches in a winsome, cutting-edge, culturally relevant style, anyone can kill the zombie inside, escape the clutches of the undead, and come alive by the supernatural power of God's salvation.

Title: Night of the Living Dead Christianby Matt Mikalatos
Publisher: SaltRiver, September 2011
What does a transformed life actually look like?

In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos tackles this question in an entertaining and thought-provoking way—with MONSTERS!!! While Christians claim to experience Christ’s resurrection power, we sometimes act like werewolves who can’t control our base desires. Or zombies, experiencing a resurrection that is 90 percent shambling death and 10 percent life. Or vampires, satiating ourselves at the expense of others. But through it all we long to stop being monsters and become truly human—the way Christ intended. We just can’t seem to figure out how.

Night of the Living Dead Christian is the story of Luther, a werewolf on the run, whose inner beast has driven him dangerously close to losing everything that matters. Desperate to conquer his dark side, Luther joins forces with Matt to find someone who can help. Yet their time is running out. A powerful and mysterious man is on their trail, determined to kill the wolf at all costs . . .

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Night of the Living Dead Christian is a spiritual allegory that boldly explores the monstrous underpinnings of our nature and tackles head-on the question of how we can ever hope to become truly transformed.

Title: Zombie Church: by Tyler Edwards
Publisher: Kregel Publications, September 2011
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.

Title: Pay Me In Flesh (Mallory Caine, Zombie at Law) by K. Bennet (aka James Scott Bell)
Publisher: Pinnacle Books, August 2011
Hungry For Justice - And Brains
Meet Mallory Caine. Attorney at law. Zombie at large. She's not like those "Living Dead" losers you see in the movies. She doesn't slobber, drool, or lurch - she's smart, stylish, and sexy. Sure, she's a zombie and a lawyer but, hey, a girl's got to eat. When Mallory's not in the courtroom, going head to head with her ex-boyfriend, killer-prosecutor Aaron Argula, she's in the seedy streets of Hollywood, hunting brain after brain. That is, until some psycho starts hunting zombie after zombie...

The Defense Never Rests - In Peace
The undead are decapitated, a letter "Z" carved in their flesh. Mallory doesn't want to lose her head, but she's worried. Like many lawyers in L.A., she doesn't have a soul - a side effect of being a zombie, not a defense attorney. If Mallory dies before she gets her soul back, she goes straight to hell. No appeals. Objection overruled. If the killer isn't stopped, it's case closed for zombies everywhere. But Mallory is an undying champion of justice, and she won't go down - without a bite...

Title: Forbiddenby Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
Publisher: CenterStreet, September 2011
Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.

Did I miss your favorite inspy zombie book? Share the title in the comment section.

And in other news:
-I am outrageously late reporting the winners of two recent giveaways. The winner of her choice of Julie Lessman books is Rebecca at agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com, and the winner of my review copy of The Doctor's Lady is Margaret at singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com. Emails have been sent to the winners.

-The Christian Fiction Book Club is reading Dancing on Glass by Pamela Ewen. Julia at My Only Vice is hosting the discussion November 5. Please make sure to link up!

10 comments:

  1. Fun post Joy! These all look interesting.

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  2. Not Christian Fiction too! :(

    Thank you so much for the heads up. I'm anti zombie but it's good to know what's coming :)

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  3. I heard that Pay Me in Flesh was really good and Forbidden looks terrific too! I love me some good zombie stories!!!!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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  4. LOL- those are awesome...I read Night of the Living Dead Christian and it was pretty good....Ill have to check out the Zombie Church one.

    My favorite zombie book this year was Warm Bodies...not Christian but it was really good....

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  5. I'm not pro or anti zombie. I guess I'm zombie-curious right now. If they could make a zombie romance believable I'd read it. I haven't heard of any inspy zombie romances (yet!) but the one in YA that get mentioned a lot is Forest of Hands and Teeth. That's in my TBR pile to read eventually.

    I know I'm dating myself, but in the early 80's there was a zombie movie that scared the heck out of me called Night of the Comet. Anyone ever see that?

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  6. You have to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth! There are 2 others in the trilogy too that are a must. I also loved Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry. Neither series are Christian, but they are good YA novels. I have heard of Night of the Comet but have never seen it. Wow, I wouldn't consider myself a zombie fan, but now that I think about it I have sure read A LOT of zombie books. Hmmmm...

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  7. Night of the Comet! Oh, man! I'd forgotten about that movie. I think I actually have a VHS, taped-off-cable-TV version of it somewhere in a box. Too bad I don't have a VHS player hooked up anymore... I don't remember being scared by it, though. I remember thinking it was more of a spoof. Kind of comedic, but with romance and horror mixed in. If I remember correctly, you were safe/immune if you happened to be making out with a guy in a a metal shed when the comet hit or something very ridiculously 80s like that. HA! I may have to did around and find that one...

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  9. JOY- I saw night of comet when I was like 11....it scared the crap outta me!!!!!!

    And seriously try Warm Bodies, it has a very believable romance in it as the zombie trys to gain back his humanity.....(aww little tears...)

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  10. Ha! You're right Serena, it was campy and funny, but with just enough horror to scare my tween-aged self. Would you want to be turned to red dust, changed into a zombie, or one of the handful of people left alive in the world? Tough choices. I'm gonna to have to watch it on youtube now.

    Tina and Julie I'm adding those to the wishlist. Thanks!

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