Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waterbrook Multnomah Book Review: Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory

David Gregory is the coauthor of two nonfiction books and a frequent conference speaker.  After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion and communications, earning two master's degrees.  David lives in Texas, where he works for a nonprofit organization.

Dinner 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.  I really appreciate the opportunity. 

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