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Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)|
The mysterious envelope arrives on Nick Cominskys desk amid a stack of credit card applications and business-related junk mail. Although his seventy-hour workweek has already eaten into his limited family time, Nick cant pass up the opportunity to see what kind of plot his colleagues have hatched…
The normally confident, cynical Nick soon finds himself thrown off-balance, drawn into an intriguing conversation with a baffling man who comfortably discusses everything from world religions to the existence of heaven and hell. And this man who calls himself Jesus also seems to know a disturbing amount about Nicks personal life.
"Youre bored, Nick. You were made for more than this. Youre worried about God stealing your fun, but youve got it backwards.… Theres no adventure like being joined to the Creator of the universe." He leaned back off the table. "And your first mission would be to let him guide you out of the mess youre in at work."
As the evening progresses, their conversation touches on life, God, meaning, pain, faith, and doubtand it seems that having Dinner with a Perfect Stranger may change Nicks life forever.
David Gregory is the author of A Day with a Perfect Stranger, The Next Level, The Last Christian, and the coauthor of two nonfiction books. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion, sociology, and communications. He holds Masters degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas. He has been a frequent teacher, trainer, and conference speaker since 1996. A native of Texas, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Ava, and their four children. Learn more about this book at www.dinnerwithaperfectstranger.com.
"Heres a wonderful feast for the mind and soul! Pull up a chair and eavesdrop on this provocative conversation. If youre like me, youll hear questions that match your own and answers that can change your life."
Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator
"There's just one thing people need in order to live a happy, abundant life: to be convinced that God loves them. Want to be convinced? Read Dinner With a Perfect Stranger. The author deftly anticipates and answers every question. I predict this little book will become a classic--one of a handful of modern books (like Mere Christianity) that people read to kindle or rekindle faith. All of the "business" surrounding the dinner is done so well it reminds me of Babette's Feast--simple, earthly details that profoundly convey spiritual reality. Dinner with a Perfect Stranger is truly a wonderful book that makes me feel I've just heard the gospel for the very first time."
Mike Mason, author of The Mystery of Marriage, Champagne for the Soul, and Practicing the Presence of People
"The choice is yours: Enjoy a delicious meal of, say, veal fantarella with grilled vegetables. Or spend a quiet hour reading David Gregorys book. You may find an altogether different sort of hunger has been sated by the final page. Brilliant in its simplicity, fearless in its presentation of the truth, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger is one invitation you'll want to RSVP."
Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of the Bad Girls of the Bible series and several novels
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5September 2, 2012alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
dyandLancaster, NYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5January 18, 2012dyandLancaster, NYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleDinner with a Perfect Stranger is a very good book, especially for new Christians, to give as a gift to someone to whom you may have been witnessing, or to someone who may be asking the right questions and searching for answers. The story begins with a gentleman by the name of Nick Cominsky receiving a dinner invitation from Jesus; he has no idea who it is "really" from and does not believe it could actually be from Jesus. At first he thinks it may be another outreach technique from a local church, or perhaps a practical joke being played on him by co-workers. He shows up at the restaurant thinking he will find the culprits and is seated at a table where the gentleman waiting introduces himself as Jesus. At first he is very sarcastic, thinking this person is an actor hired by whoever was playing the joke. Every now and then, however, Jesus knows things about his past that an actor could not possibly know.
After the initial meet, "The Seating", and ordering, "The Menu", each chapter begins as a different course in the meal and covers a variety of topics such as, "Who is to say that Jesus' way was any better than_" various religions; "What do you mean there's no path to God?"; "So you're saying no one can make it?" (meet God's standard); "What do you have to do to get it?" - the gift; "Why doesn't God just show Himself to people?" Each time Jesus explains Himself and answers each question in a way that is simple to understand, yet very matter of fact. Many times Nick thought he would be able to trip Jesus up, but the more they spoke, the more Nick wanted to hear.
This book answers very interesting questions in a very unique way. Questions which we may have all had ourselves at one time or another, or perhaps are being asked. This is a great tool, no matter how you look at it. When I was through, I couldn't help but wonder what questions I would ask if afforded this opportunity. Also, it is short (and interesting) enough to read in one sitting, so as a gift, it would not be overwhelming to anyone. I liked it very much both as an interesting read, and a good resource as a witnessing tool. I received this book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Pilar ArsenecNew JerseyAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5IntriguingAugust 17, 2011Pilar ArsenecNew JerseyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory was such a treat. I never read a book so quickly in my life, I just couldn't put it down.
The premise of this book is that Nick Cominsky receives an anonymous dinner invitation. The invitation reads, "You are invited to dinner with Jesus of Nazareth at Milano's Restaurant." Nick believes he is being set up by his co-workers and figures he has nothing to lose by going.
When Nick arrives to the restaurant, he is escorted to the table where Jesus sitting and Jesus introduces himself. At this point, Nick is looking around for his co-workers to see if they're hiding. But as time elapses, Nick couldn't help being intrigued by the conversation.
I honestly felt like I was eavesdropping on their conversation. Not to mention, wishing all the while I could savor what they were eating.
I related with the character Nick; from his work schedule, to his doubts and questions. I found myself laughing at his questions because they were so eerily similar to mine.
Think about it, imagine if you received a dinner invitation from Jesus? What would you do? Quite honestly, I think I would have been just as cynical as Nick was.
Especially by the way Jesus was depicted; he was dressed in a business suit. At some point Jesus even mentions he didn't like neckties. I chuckled when I read this, "God doesn't like neckties. Note that for future reference."
Even though this book was a simple quick read, it is very meaningful and makes you think. I also enjoyed reading the refreshing twist on the Gospel.
I actually cried at the end of this book. I really didn't want that dinner to end, nor did I want Jesus to leave.
I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who have a lot of questions or are plagued with doubts.
Lastly, I want to thank Waterbook Multmonah for sending me this free book to review.
BaronBookReviewGilbert, AZAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5If Jesus invited you to dinner, what would you askAugust 15, 2011BaronBookReviewGilbert, AZAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This little book isn't your typical small, quick, superficial read. It's actually more of the opposite! It may be small but the contents are thought provoking and reflective. For me, it's a book that I'm going to have to read more than once to digest it all!
Skepticism abounds in the beginning of the book. From thinking the invitation is a joke from his friends to doubting Jesus at the beginning of dinner---"Tell me (Yesh), can you turn this wine back into water?". Who can blame Nick? It's not every day you get invited to dinner by Jesus! But by dessert, Nick is trying to decide if this guy is a nut-case, a great actor, or is it possible he's the real thing?
Obviously Nick has a lot of questions and much doubt about this whole thing but he's not afraid to ask the hard questions. As expected, the answers are not always specific or clear cut. They are meant for the reader to ponder and reflect about their own beliefs and values. On the flip side, sometimes the answers touched upon by Jesus are "lessons" that we need to learn.
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger is a splendid read for a book club or bible group. There are several different sets of study guides for group discussions (located here)Ã¢â¬âdiscussions for one meeting, 4 meetings, or 8 meetings. For a 100=page book, 8 weeks of discussion shows the inspiration of the book.
I would give this a 5 out of 5 star rating. The story is very well written, easy to read and understand, as well as a way to discover your own beliefs and views. I'm going to give this to a family member who has quite a bit of "alone time" due to his job. I'm not trying to convert someone with the book but just allowing them explore their own principles and convictions. I'm sure we all could use a little of that.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books and have given my honest opinion of this book.
RaeRaePAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 29, 2010RaeRaePAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Recommend reading. Makes you think what you would do. Very thought provoking.