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 it's some kind of joke because it's dinner with Jesus of Nazareth.
I have a hard time with books that put words in the mouth of Christ that aren't found in scripture because there is always a good possibility of making Jesus say something he never would say or endorse and that's 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 shouldn't surprise anyone reading this kind of a book this isn't a theology or an apologetics textbook after all so we shouldn't treat as such. My philosophy is "eat and spit out the bones". 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 didn't 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 didn't like about the book) and might even be worth reading together with someone who isn't a Christian but is open to talk.
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.
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 wasn't 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 "Jesus", who claims that Nick's 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 didn't want to stop reading. David Gregory writes in a way that makes it really real. This book is one you won't want to miss.
I received this book free from the publisher for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own. ïŠ
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory was a delightfully entertaining read from start to finish. The writer did a magnificent job of drawing the reader in with witty dialogue and interesting perspectives.
Nick Cominsky, the main character, and Jesus, Nick's dinner companion, offered unique viewpoints from their side of the table.
Particularly, I enjoyed the creative way Mr. Gregory identified and discussed topics, such as false religions, origins of faith, and the colorful habits of church leaders.
This book was a quick read, which I found to be both engaging and funny. It made me stop and consider what my "dinner with a perfect stranger" would look like.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in considering the possibilities.
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger is an excellent book to give to people to help them understand our Lord's desire to have a personal relationship with us. I bought several copies to give away. I will read it again and again.