My Teenage Zombie
David L. Henderson

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Narrated By: George Newbern

Duration: 6 hours and 18 minutes

What to expect

This is a must-read guide for parents and grandparents who want to practically and successfully help their teenager navigate the ever-lengthening stage of adolescence, launching them into society with confidence, vision, and success.

Zombies are not just found in horror books and movies. Sometimes they’re lying on your living room couch. These are undead adolescents whose psychological and social development have come to a screeching halt. Torn between their yearning for freedom and their fear of surviving the outside world, they have stalled in their maturity, motivation, and purpose in life, hijacked by feelings of helplessness and fear of responsibility. Parents often feel ill-equipped to love, support, and guide them—especially when they may be facing a midlife crisis of their own and battling some of the same issues in their own lives. Is it really possible to escape this “undead” state of being?

In My Teenage Zombie, David L. Henderson explains the teenage zombie’s brain, heart, and spirit; how they got into this undead state; and how to resurrect them back to life. Using real case studies of families he has counseled, he describes both their physical and psychological characteristics and offers practical suggestions on how to deal with, and in many cases avoid, having an undead adolescent in your home.

If you are the parent of an undead adolescent, there is hope for you and your child. Or maybe you have children who are not yet adolescents. It’s never too early to prepare for the challenges that await you. Either way, stay calm and start resurrecting zombies!


Child, developmental and lifespan psychology, Age groups: adolescents, Christian life and practice, Relationships and families: advice and issues, Teenagers: advice for parents

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“Exceptionally well written, impressively informative, thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in organization and presentation, My Teenage Zombie is especially commended to the attention of parents who want to effectively and successfully raise their adolescent (and pre-adolescent) children in a Christian atmosphere.”

Midwest Book Review

“An essential tool for any parent. Don’t let your zombie teen scare you. Pick up this book instead and get to know the zombie within.”

Melanie Wells, family therapist and founder of The Lifeology Institute

“As a former ‘teenage zombie’ struggling with eating disorder, substance use, and self-esteem issues, I wish my parents had this book available to them.”

Brian Cuban, author of Shattered Image

“Offers hope for those who may think their family situation is too far gone and will help parents better understand and help their children navigate the tumultuous teenage years.”

Becky Vance president and CEO, Drug Prevention Resources

“Dr. Henderson does a masterful job of laying out a blueprint for parents that is rich in practical tools and strategies gleaned from years of experience.”