Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite
The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on television with good reason: it's not just about zombies, it's about humanity, and what it means to be human. Susan Lehman explores important life lessons and concepts in Faith, Fighting and Forgiving: Life Lessons from The Walking Dead. This book explores the situations that characters face through the first six seasons of the show, and talks about important concepts reflected in the show that we face every day, although we may see it clearer through the lens of fiction than in reality. Lehman gives specific examples from The Walking Dead on being a bearer of light, religion and faith, when killing goes too far, the "why" of fighting, and principles worth fighting for. The book wraps up with the symbolism of the apocalypse and how it influences our thinking and feeling through our real lives every day.
Susan Lehman is definitely a "super fan" of The Walking Dead, and knows the show well. Her well researched examples with exact dialogue express the points and lessons taken from the show clearly and effectively, and connect with readers who share her enthusiasm for The Walking Dead. This book does a great job of showing how fiction mirrors reality, and the many ways that we can see ourselves through the characters and situations in TWD. There are many introspective scenes, situations, and relationships explored that will resonate with fans of the show. Even more casual fans (like myself) or people just coming into the TWD world will find this book entertaining and relevant. Faith, Fighting and Forgiving: Life Lessons from The Walking Dead is a book that fans of the show, from casual observers to meta-fans, will truly enjoy.