Synopsis: What can zombies teach us about the gospel? The hit show The Walking Dead is set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by mindless zombies. The characters have one goal: survive at all costs. At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much the show can teach us about God or ourselves. Or is there? Author and speaker Danielle Strickland didn’t expect to be drawn to a show about zombies, but she was surprised by the spiritual themes the show considers. In The Zombie Gospel she explores the ways that The Walking Dead can help us think about survival, community, consumerism, social justice, and the resurrection life of Jesus. After all, in the gospel God raises up a new humanity–a humanity resuscitated and reanimated by the new life of the Holy Spirit. Fans of the show will resonate with the book’s exploration of spiritual themes, and can follow along with the episode discussion guide included within. And even if you haven’t yet encountered The Walking Dead, you may be surprised to find another, greater story within the show’s story.
My review: I was a bit worried when I started this book as I’m no fan of the church and religion however this book compares the days of Jesus and the early gospels rather than Christianity itself. In fact at one point the author says she doesn’t care what faith someone is as long as you have something and try to be a good person.
The books a bit short, I think some of the comparisons could be extended even further as she makes some really good points about being rock bottom whether through addiction or because the world has ended through a zombie apocalypse and the ways people chose to deal with it. Not everyone is perfect and we all deal in different ways. There are some other stories in here such as that of Nelson Mandela who chose to advocate love and forgiveness rather than hate during his incarceration.
I’m not overly keen on the end with the little list of things to do that will make us a greater person. Volunteering and looking after other whether through giving time or money to good causes is perfectly fine and is something I’ve done many times in the past but it’s the only part of the book that comes across as a bit preachy. She does so well not to do that in the rest of the book.
I was really hoping of a comparison or discussion on TWD’s Jesus and the man himself but sadly it’s not in here. I think the book stops before he’s actually in the show. oh well maybe a sequel??? 🙂
Overall I think the idea is great in principle. The show & comic books creators have said before it’s a story about humanity rather than zombies so this book ties in well.
Not a bad little book
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