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Nick Cominsky's spiritual life is running on empty. With his passion diluted by religious routine and the sapping circumstances of everyday life, he longs to reconnect with God, but following the standard spiritual prescriptions just isn't working. Since when did loving God become such an overwhelming, tedious task?
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Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5I Enjoyed Part I & II MoreFebruary 5, 2018WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Several years ago a friend gifted me with David Gregory's bestseller, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger. I enjoyed the book so much that I read the sequel, A Day with a Perfect Stranger. I rarely read fiction, but since I liked Gregory's first two books in this series (and because the book was only a few bucks), I downloaded this third book. Part of the reason the Perfect Stranger series has appealed to me is that they have been a nice break from the typical reading I do.
The basic premise of Night with a Perfect Stranger is a businessman, Nick, has a second face-to-face encounter with Jesus. Although Nick grew in his faith after meeting Jesus at an Italian restaurant six years ago, he had not been growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus in recent years. Things changed for Nick after he got into another conflict with his dad and while driving home, Nick's U-Haul truck runs out of gas. Jesus shows up with a gas can and hops in the truck. It sounds pretty cheesy, but Gregory did enough to keep me intrigued.
As far as the theology in Night with a Perfect Stranger, there were some statements in the second half of the book that were a little confusing and could use some clarification. Some examples include sin doesn't matter as far as God's love, we are brought into the heart of the Godhead to be one with them, being a part of Jesus, and everyone is an expression of Christ. I am sure there will be some thinking I am overanalyzing what many consider to be a light read. Despite what kind of work one categorizes Night with a Perfect Stranger as a crucial subject matter has been written about so I believe we should properly reflect upon it.
I did initially enjoy reading Night with a Perfect Stranger, but after several chapters of this 12 chapter book (144 pages), I realized I had lost that lovin' feelin'. Along with some of Gregory's unique wording, I feel if I hadn't read the first two books in the series than I would have different thoughts about Night with a Perfect Stranger. A lot of Amazon reviewers gave Night with a Perfect Stranger favorable views, but it should be noted that it appears that many of them did not read the first two books. Night with a Perfect Stranger's familiar formula was fine, but I do not see myself picking up another book like this anytime soon.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good bookFebruary 23, 2015alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Night with a Perfect Stranger picks up six years after Dinner with a perfect stranger in which Nick meets Jesus Christ for dinner in a posh Chicago restraunt. After a couple of years of having a joyous relationship with Jesus, Nick finds that he has hit a brick wall in his spiritual life. He feels restless and disconnected. Then one night while driving back from his parents house, Nick has car trouble on a particular deserted stretch of road. When he exists the vechile he is suprised to find Jesus waiting for him wanting to know if Nick needs help.
Thus begins Nick's second conversation with Jesus.
This book explores the event that all walking christians go through at one time or another in their spritual walk. Complacency and busyness. It is then that Jesus pulls us back into a loving intimate relationship with Him.
I know that not all people will like the way Jesus is portrayed, but for me I really like it. I laughed at some things in the conversation and other times, I would think, yeah, from what I know about Jesus, that could be how he would respond.
If you are looking for a deep theology book, this isn't it. Its a book that fills an idea of what every Christian longs for, to talk to Jesus face to face. This is another wonderful book that brings back into focus where a believer joy lay, in a intimate relationship with God.
The book itself is small, it only took me a couple of hours to read. It has lots of conversation which makes it go by fast. But it's worth reading, and then reading again.
KwwestBakersfield caAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Third book in the seriesDecember 31, 2014KwwestBakersfield caAge: 55-65Gender: femaleI read the first two books first, dinner with a perfect stranger and day with a perfect stranger. i would recommend reading these first. This book goes right along with the first two. I enjoyed the follow up with Jesus that this story gave me. Good inspirational story. I recommend all three of the books.
ZiggySomers, NYAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I loved it!June 12, 2014ZiggySomers, NYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found this to be a very soothing book. There were times I laughed out loud, Jesus has a sense of humor! I don't think this book "lacks depth", I think it gives us a very simple message about Jesus and his purpose that we tend to over complicate. It's a book I will probably read again and I would like to read the others in the series. It is a quick read, probably took me an hour. Good for a seeker or a new Christian.
xxxxHuntsville, OntarioAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5interesting concept - but not enough depthNovember 23, 2012xxxxHuntsville, OntarioAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book covers many topics in a superficial manner - raises questions without answers too. Interesting read for someone with faith and understanding; not perhaps the best to use as an approach to a seeker though. Quick read.
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