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Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man's Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover What It Means to Be Truly Transformed

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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 re
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Tyndale Momentum (first published September 16th 2011)
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JR. Forasteros
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every good monster-movie enthusiast knows that the Christian life is anathema to the undead, at least traditionally. Okay, at least for vampires. In the wake of his stellar breakout book, Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos decides to take the presence of the undead among us at face value. Christians claim to be the resurrected dead, but what if we've been raised only to a half-life? That sort of Christianity may be exactly what James described: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say ...more
Eric Thompson
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it

I've had the privilege of reading both of Matt Mikalatos' works. He has a unique gift for combining fictional and actual characters, placed in real-life settings, and using them to build hilarious episodes that provide holistic portrayal to profound problems. One might expect that using science fiction to speak to spiritual issues would produce a simplistic, superhero-esque type of story. This certainly is not the case, as Mikalatos spins a deep and thoughtful allegory on the deficient spiritual
Cassidy Hastings
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
**Spoiler Alert**

Overall I really enjoyed this read. I'm not normally a reader, but I read this whole book in 2 days (more or less), which speaks a lot of how talented the author is.

The storyline moves very quickly and is very entertaining. Throughout the allegory, you are able to pick up on certain parallels, and the "Interludes" add a lot to seeing the process of transformation played out, specifically in the main character.

I enjoyed Matt's first book Imaginary Jesus a little more because hone
Joseph R.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
With a title like Night of the Living Dead Christian readers would think the main character is a zombie who believes (or maybe not) in Christ. The main character is actually a werewolf named Luther Martin who used to believe in Christ. He's the next door neighbor of Matt Mikalatos, a bumble-headed Christian who used to watch monster movies as a kid and is now a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. He discovers not only Luther but also a mad scientist with his robot henchman, a monster hunt ...more
Janeen Ippolito
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
So I’ve found out I’m a gorgon.

Yes, a gorgon. The snake-haired ones with the scaly skin. Not very flattering, but I’m a teacher–I need to have thick skin and a death stare that can silence an unruly classroom. Yes, this stare occasionally gets used on my husband or on unsuspecting, friendly bystanders. I’m not perfect.

How did I come to this knowledge?

Night of the Living Dead Christian.

Silliness aside, Night of the Living Dead Christian is a highly worthwhile read. The use of monsters as Christia
Diane Estrella
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Werewolves, and Vampires, and Zombies…. oh my!

When I selected this book to review, I didn’t know the author and I both had a love for B-grade monster movies, off-beat humor, and secretly wanting to be the main character in a monster movie or book. Matt manages to put all of these things together in a light hearted book with a serious message. What kind of Monster are you?

We all have a monstrous nature and tendencies, but is there any hope of being truly transformed from these evil ways? Vampires
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'm not sure that this book knows quite what it wants to be. At times it was a fun, light romp, and then it would turn super preachy. I guess I would say the flow just wasn't very good.

For the most part, I enjoyed the story. The zombie parts were probably my favorite. The author got pretty creative with his zombies, and it was just fun. I think if he had just let the monsters be a metaphor, and not got quite as heavy-handed, the book would have been better. But then, that's just my personal pref
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Matt Mikalatos managed to tell the thousands year old story about man's privilege to be transformed. It was funny, it was drawing, it was exciting. It made me think about my relationship with Jesus, about my inner monster which sometimes comes out and all of a sudden I become werewolf, vampire, mad scientist or a mummy.

I did enjoy the book and I was surprised by its ending. However, I shall recommend it to others, for it articulates simple truths in yet another, interesting and a bit scary way.
Julie Davis
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
... I had that sudden creepy feeling that something truly horrible stood drooling over my shoulder, and with a fear-fueled shout I spun around only to discover my neighbor Lara.

Lara and I had gone to high school together, so it was this weird thing that she lived across the street now. Weird in the sense that I couldn't help but feel a little bit less like an adult when she was around. She had her long, dark hair swept down, and a tight pair of dress slacks on, and a white collared shirt, and a
Ginny B
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honestly, the first 2 chapters of this book were hard to get through. They didn't make sense and seemed REALLY out there. But I kept with it, and I am glad I did!

Zombies, vampires, mad scientists, robots and werewolves in a story about coming to Christ? I never would have thought that such an odd combination would touch my heart and cause me to do some serious self-reflection, and yet it strangely did.

I highly recommend this to anyone struggling with the idea of what it means to be a "real" fol
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually liked this even more than Imaginary Jesus, which I also really liked. This one felt stronger and not as drawn out overall. Not a book I would recommend for the younger crowd, necessarily, but still a really good read. I like Mikalatos' style of writing in that it is funny and light hearted at the same time as looking at really serious issues that can happen in our walk with God. Liked it so much I gave it to my non-believing brother who likes this style of writing to see what he think ...more
Lexi B
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book
Fred Warren
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Well, Matt Mikalatos is at it again. In Imaginary Jesus, he tore a swath across time, space, and Portland, Oregon, with Saint Peter, sifting through a bushel basket of ersatz Jesus-es in search of the genuine article.

After an adventure of that magnitude, you’d think Matt would have had enough. Au contraire, Pierre—this time, in Night of the Living Dead Christian, he’s on Neighborhood Watch, discovering there’s much, much more than rogue raccoons knocking over the trash cans on his street.

Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You can read this review at Collected Miscellany or below.

I said of Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos that “the book walks the fine line between slapstick comedy and insightful spiritual commentary – and in my opinion manages to pull it off for the most part.” Mikalatos follow up, Night of the Living Dead Christian, attempts to walk that same line – with less successful results. What starts out as a slapstick spoof on cheesy horror movies suddenly turns into a very serious story and spiritual co
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011
When the opportunity to review this book as part of a dedicated blog tour came from Tyndale House Publishers, I was somewhat at first skeptical about reading and reviewing it.

I have never been a fan of werewolves and vampires (though I liked Chewbacca (who isn't one) and was (and still am) a fan of the original Dark Shadows. (I cannot believe that Jonathan Frid is still alive! Wonderful! He is the original Barnabas Collins. What a name for a vampire, Barnabas. What would St Paul think?)

I watched
Rebecca LuElla
The Story. Unlike My Imaginary Jesus which was fairly episodic, Night of the Living Dead Christian has a basic plot.

Matt Mikalatos is once again a character in his own book. This one, however, is really his neighbor’s story. Luther is a werewolf. He doesn’t want to be one because his wife left him, taking their daughter with her. He is desperate to find a way to stop being a werewolf, so Matt and a couple other buddies determine to help him. The story, then, is Luther’s quest for change.

Nikole Hahn
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 monster ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Before You Go Monster Hunting; Look in the Mirror!
A Review of “The Night of the Living Dead”

Monsters are all around us. Everywhere you look you may see them and not even know. Some of them are your best friend from high school, your teacher or professor, the neighbor down the street, or maybe even that old lady you just helped across the street. The truth of the matter is monsters have learned how to live among us, and we have become so desensitized that we don’t even realize…, the monster may
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Psst… shhh, don’t tell anyone, but we’re surrounded by monsters.

No! Really! Monsters! Werewolves, zombies, vampires, even mad scientists and robots that look eerily like real people, are wandering around our towns and populating our neighborhoods and most of us don’t even know it.

At least, that’s what Matt Mikalatos asserts in his hysterical farce Night of the Living Dead Christian. On one dark night in mid-October, Matt was doing his rounds as the sole member of the neighborhood watch when he s
Steve Trower
Matt Mikalatos is clearly an eccentric genius; his first book, Imaginary Jesus, remains The Book I Wish I Had Written, and based on that I opened this book expecting something like a paperback Shaun of The Dead with a little spiritual insight mixed in for good measure. And, apart from the fact that it's less about zombies than it is about a mad scientist, a spiritually interested werewolf, the worst robot of all time, and our Generic Christian hero, Matt Mikalatos himself, that’s almost what it ...more
Stephen Escalera
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I usually don’t go for books about zombies, vampires and werewolves or any other “sci-fi/fantasy” book for that matter. But having read Matt Mikalatos’ first book Imaginary Jesus and knowing how completely off the wall that one was, I knew I had to give Night of the Living Dead Christians a shot. We join Mikalatos on his one-man Neighborhood Watch tour and are soon up to our eyeballs in wacky encounters with the undead of various shapes and sizes. Chief among them are his one of neighbors, Luthe ...more
Jason C.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Matt Mikalatos books are unique. They are fiction, but the main character is Matt himself, inserted into a wacky world where anything can happen. They preach more than any other novel you'll read this year, but they are so fun you won't really notice. Matt manages to poke fun and satirize the Church, our religious goofiness, and himself whle making the reader laugh. Then the reader will be asking what kind of monster they could be.

In Night Of The Living Dead Christian, intrepid Matt is the lone
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
When I was young, I loved a good monster story. I watched the movies, read the books and even stayed up late to sneak in creeptacular viewings of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video on Friday Night Videos (ah, growing up in rural America with no cable). Somewhere along the (long) road through college, however, I began to find monster stories less interesting and more disturbing. I can now no longer make it through movies like Se7en or Scream, that I repeatedly watched and enjoyed those first few ye ...more
Allizabeth Collins

It's a dark October night, and you are patrolling the streets as a neighborhood watchman, when all of a sudden you come upon a startling scene - a mad scientist and his franken-robot messing with a strange machine attached to the streetlights! So what do you do? Well, that's the question Matt asks himself when he finds the pair tinkering with the neighborhood power supply. Unfortunately, he isn't able to stop the mad doctor before he turns on a device that will supposedly call all o
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f, read-excerpt
As someone who knows nothing about theology, the book lost me sometimes. I'm still really confused about how the author emphasized belief (as opposed to actions) as being the measure of a true Christian.

I'm going to rant a little bit about a certain popular saying because it serves as an illustration of my thinking on the subject.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Which sounds all right until you start to think about it. Would a good man (by any definition
Catrina Bradley
Zombies and Werewolves and ... Jesus? Oh my!!

I don't think any book has made me laugh out loud as much as Matt Mikalotos' ridiculously funny romp through theology, "Night of the Living Dead Christian". When I wasn't laughing, I was gasping in horror at the very real monsters he reveals.

Matt himself is the main character in his novel. He finds himself teamed up with a mad scientist, a werewolf, a vampire, and an android in a hunt for monsters in his own neighborhood. He finds more than he bargai
Julie G
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
"Monsters do, of course, exist," Luther tells us in the introduction to this adventure. Matt, our intrepid narrator disagrees and has, in fact, been telling himself - for nearly a week - that "Monsters don't exist." Now, on a moon-lit night in late October, one of them is about to get educated.

Meeting a mad scientist and his android assistant - attaching a sonic werewolf repeller to a telephone pole - was odd. The sudden arrival of a pack of zombies - being chased by a large furry creature - was
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Update: I read this book a second time a few months after my initial reading, and because of how God had been working in my life during the time in between readings, I now have an even deeper appreciation for the story. I really relate to Luther, the main character, in his journey to discover what transformation looks like and how it is truly accomplished. All I'll say about it is real life is found in just about the last place we'd expect it. I'm grateful for Mikalatos ability to illustrate a p ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
In Night of the Living Dead Christian, by Matt Mikalatos uses monsters to portray what it is like to be transformed into a Christian. When we become Christians, we strive to overcome our dark sides, our sinful sides.

This is obviously a work of fiction about Luther, a werewolf. Luther hates being a wereworl, and want to conquer his inner beast. He meets up and joins forces with Matt. Luther hopes that they will find someone that can help him.

While some people compare Matt Mikalatos to Monty Pytho
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I would like to say that I really, really enjoyed this book. Matt Mikalatos is one talented writer. Night of the Living Dead Christian is unique, original, one of a kind, challenging, beautiful, and entertaining... I have never read or have come across a book like this and I’m not sure if I ever will. I highly recommend entering this fun tale, that is filled with a deep truth...

Now I must say I am not at all a monster fan. In fact I hate monsters with a passion. Dislike and stay cle
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