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1 out of 5 stars. Only because 0 stars is not an option. Why isn’t that an option? To completely and utterly fail a book? Is this a “no book left behind” kind of system?
You know how I love zombies. You know how I love Jesus. So, while slightly embarrassing to admit, I was very, very , very hopeful that this book would be mind blowing for me. I know, I know. When will I learn to not have such high expectations of books? Probably never. I was extremely wrong about this book. I think one of the biggest lessons I have learned is that you cannot judge a book by its cover. I have had so many pretty books that I hated this year. So, bravo publishers on the marketing, but perhaps you should screen the content a bit better. You don’t have to publish everything, you know.
This book is really two books in one. One is the actual story, following a guy named Ben in a world full of zombies. The second is the devotional book that uses the fictional story as a lesson about the state of our souls.
First, from a theological standpoint, Kinley is coming from a different place than I am. He assumes a lot in his theology that I just wouldn’t say is so. You may find yourself starting from the same assumptions he does, in which case you’ll probably follow along better with the devotional aspect of the book. I just found the theological difference to be too much for me to get anything from the book devotionally. (I am free church Wesleyan, if that makes a difference to you.) The author, Kinley, is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. This starting point, for him, is where I had many issues. (Eternal security, immediate and full salvation, no second act of grace- We just weren’t ever going to be on the same page for devotional purposes.)ch
Second, the allegory is such a stretch. And Kinley tries to make it all so literal and really stretch it. It just doesn’t work well and feels very stretched and very manipulated.
Third, the story is lacking. If you are reading it for the fictional zombie story, don’t bother. Kinley isn’t the best story teller. Character development is what you’d expect reading an amateur’s novel. The plot doesn’t even make sense at times, because it is being stretched to fit the allegory.
Overall, the book was not enjoyable at all on any level. I didn’t enjoy the story telling aspect. I didn’t enjoy the devotional aspect.