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Review: The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook by Jeff Kinley
Genre: Christian Living
ISBN: 9781595554383
Published: October 11th 2011 by Nelson, Thomas, Inc.

Rating: DNF

I really wish I could have gotten farther in this book. It sounded like it had a lot of potential and It's extremely relevant to our culture. However, this is another example of a sad reoccurring theme: An individual who has a really good idea and a really good concept, but can't write (They Almost Always Come Home, The Bridge, and more). In these situations, I always wish the author had partnered up with someone who could make the book readable.

I didn't have a problem with the book itself, and I'll bet Kinley is a great public speaker, but he can't write a book. Although I've never heard him preach, I can tell he writes like he speaks. If he were speaking this book out loud and if I were watching it, I would probably have given it a totally different rating. But books are written using grammatical sentences, starting with a subject, including at least one verb, and connected with prepositions and direct objects etc. This book was written mostly in fragments. Call me a grammar Nazi, but I couldn't get past the second chapter because it was grating on my nerves and making me want to mark it up with a red pen.

Also, Kinley made the first chapter a fiction story, and the next chapter the actual book. He continued this pattern through the book. I thought I would like this, but I found it broke up the book and made me lose my concentration. Either write a nonfiction, or write a novel, but please don't write both at the same time.

Included in that fiction aspect, there was a lot of gore. Now I like gore: I'm a crime thriller writer. Maybe this was poor decision making on my part, but I do my Bible study over breakfast; and eating pancakes with blueberries and applesauce while reading about zombie guts being spewed all over someone's face just don't mix very well. Again, I like blood and guts, but I felt like this was a little unnecessary.

I wish I could have given this book more positive promotion, but the only thing I can say is I've promised to give my honest opinion, so here you go.

Recommendation: Ages 16+ for graphic content.

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