Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering - eBook
The very best thing that I loved about this book, was that it reminded me of why I believe what I believe. As others have said, its a fictitious conversation between Jesus and a man named Nick. However as most of this book is written in conversation form, its a great easy read for someone who is a new christian or someone who has questions about Jesus. This book by no means answers everything, but it's a great place to jump off and getting started. I have recommended this book to several people over the years and have never had a negative comment about it.
September 2, 2012
Not a bad read
The book is a small 100 page hardcover made up of ten chapters. Each chapter is between 8 and 10 pages in length.
The book is a fictitious story about an over worked married man named Nick who has a young daughter. Nick spends way too much time at work and not enough time at home with his wife and daughter. Nick receives an invitation to dinner one day and thinks itÃ¢ÂÂs some kind of joke because itÃ¢ÂÂs dinner with Jesus of Nazareth.
I have a hard time with books that put words in the mouth of Christ that arenÃ¢ÂÂt found in scripture because there is always a good possibility of making Jesus say something he never would say or endorse and thatÃ¢ÂÂs what we find in this book to some degree but that being said after the first chapter or two I did find the fictitious conversation interesting and enjoyed most of it.
The overall concept of the book was an interesting one, what would you say to Jesus if you had the opportunity to sit down and have a private dinner with him?
The book, in my opinion, is something like an apologetics book meant to give an answer to some of the questions concerning Christianity. Many of the questions that Nick asked are those that the average non-Christian would ask, things like is there a God, what about all the other religions and so on.
The fact that some of the theology is weak shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt surprise anyone reading this kind of a book this isnÃ¢ÂÂt a theology or an apologetics textbook after all so we shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt treat as such. My philosophy is Ã¢ÂÂeat and spit out the bonesÃ¢ÂÂ. Let me give one example of what I consider bad theology, nothing crazy but weak in my opinion. On page 76 there is a discussion of the six days of creation and without directly stating it the author hints at that being the wrong way to view chapter 1 of Genesis. The implication is that God didnÃ¢ÂÂt create in 6 literal days. There is also a bit of a jab at anyone who would wear a suit and necktie on page 86 (I do wear ties) although that has nothing to do with theology or salvation.
In the end I did like and very much enjoy reading this book. It touches on many of the regular questions and objections you find to Christianity and to Jesus. I think this is well worth reading (even though I mentioned a few things that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like about the book) and might even be worth reading together with someone who isnÃ¢ÂÂt a Christian but is open to talk.
March 31, 2012
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger
We give this book away to those with questions about the how and why of becoming a Christian. Short enough to not overwhelm. Good explanations for all the common questions. Since it was published several years ago, we were happy to find it available at CBD.
February 20, 2012
An invitation to dinner... with Jesus of Nazareth
Nick Cominsky thinks his buddies are pulling a fast one on him when the invitation arrives in the mail: A dinner with Jesus of Nazareth? Yeah, right. But curiosity gets the better of him and he decides to find out exactly what kind of joke his friends have come up with. What Nick wasnÃ¢ÂÂt counting on was that this dinner was going to change his life.
Walking into the restaurant, Nick is surprised to meet, not his colleagues, but Ã¢ÂÂJesusÃ¢ÂÂ, who claims that NickÃ¢ÂÂs buddies had nothing to do with the invitation. And Nick is surprised at how much this man knows about his personal life. Nick tries to test this Jesus, doubting that this man is actually who he says he is, but for everything Nick brings up, Jesus has an answer. And by the end of the dinner, Nick realizes that Jesus is really who he says he is.
From the minute I turned the first page, I was pulled into the story. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to stop reading. David Gregory writes in a way that makes it really real. This book is one you wonÃ¢ÂÂt want to miss.
I received this book free from the publisher for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own. Ã¯ÂÂ
January 26, 2012