Guys, Girls… and Zombies

Kid-reading-Zombie-bookI’m still scratching my head a little bit about this The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers we put on the shelves just two month ago. It was difficult to get a Christian publisher to print anything with the word Zombie, but once we did… it’s now our top selling book on my site, the Youth Cartel site, and on Amazon.

Youth worker Josh from Kansas just emailed me today about his guys’ small group:

I’ve started my high school guys small group on your The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers.  They are ecstatic about it.  I had given them several options for resources for us to go through and they unanimously and rather vocally all wanted “The Zombie Book” as they call it.

From our first night of reading and discussion, the guys were totally into it, loving the story and engaging in discussion. We have one guy who really struggles to open up and share real things about life, and even he was dialoguing with the content and how it related to real life.  The guys look forward to reading and discussing it each week! Thanks a bunch!

 -Josh-

You might expect this from guys. But a girl? Pastor Clint writes:

I just started reading your book last night and thoroughly enjoyed your first chapter. However, I thought the real test for a Zombie Apocalypse book would be my 14 year old daughter who has absolutely no interest in Zombies, but loves God. She finished about a week ago. She was a little skeptical, but said she actually enjoyed it better than other devotional books because there was a story line which held her attention. She was a little exasperated that the ending was a little bit of a cliff hanger! 🙂  To which I told her you might write another one.

If you can take Zombies and captivate my daughter you’ve hit a home run! Great job sir! Love your blog and the insight you bring!

 -Pastor Clint-

Ha… she’s right about the cliffhanger. It’s totally set up for a sequel!

But I think my favorite feedback is directly from young people. Here’s just a couple responses from young people:

Dear Mr. McKee

Excellent job on your book. Everyone in our class enjoys it, and the questions are great. Who would’ve thought you could tie Zombies and God together?

There’s two things I don’t like about it, though. The Chapters aren’t long enough and we only get to it once a week.

I understand if it was long it would be too long for discussion. So, I am suggesting you might write a novel with it…? PLEASE?

Other than that, the story is epic . Thank you for your books.

-Graham-

 

The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers could not better! I must admit that when my youth minister first announced our next study, I had my doubts.

What could the Zombie Apocalypse possibly have to do with Jesus? But from the first chapter we read in Sunday School was hooked. Jonathan McKee’s straightforward style of writing captured my attention in the first story, and the questions are well-phrased and easily relatable. Tackling such topics such as the divide between teenagers and adults. McKee makes you laugh, while leaving you thinking.

My brother and I lead a small group for teenagers at our home and we are already considering using another of Jonathan McKee’s books for the next study.

-Jeff-

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About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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3 Responses to Guys, Girls… and Zombies

  1. Matthew says:

    I have done two weeks and two chapters with high school students at the local Christian school. So far they really seem to be enjoying it, in fact even students who are not usually fans of reading keep reading ahead to get to the end quicker!

  2. Aaron says:

    I agree with Graham, I would love a novel! I have kids who don’t like church, and don’t like God, and are forced to come with their parents, who loved this book. I actually got some good conversations out of them with it! Most of the people who went through this book with me have said the same thing; I read the whole story first, then I went back through and did the devotional. The truth is: I did too. 🙂