Book Review: Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory

Book Summary:

A busy businessman finds a dinner invitation in the mail from Jesus. Believing it to be a prank by his co-workers, he goes to the dinner expecting to have a night out with the guys. Instead, he has dinner with a mystery man and drawn into a conversation that changes his life forever.

For an excerpt of this book you can go to the publisher’s Scribed page here.

My Thoughts:

This book was an easy read and I was able to finish the book in one sitting – an hour to be exact. I enjoyed this quaint story and appreciated the premise. I’d love to have have a sit down dinner conversation with Jesus. I’m sure many of us would.

What I liked:

The main character, Nick, thought that the invitation was a joke or an advertising trick from a local church. He didn’t easily believe it was Jesus and came at the conversation with skepticism. I appreciated this because I’ve read fiction in the past where the characters immediately believed and was all “sappy” and in awe, which made those stories unbelievable and annoying.

The character of Jesus (wearing a business suit) was intelligent and also very believable. He was natural and spoke with profound simplicity and directness. You could see why Nick was drawn into a conversation with him.

I also liked the way the book flowed and felt the book was engaging. I wouldn’t say that book was a “page turner” but it kept my interest and I was eager to go from one topic of conversation to another.

What I didn’t like:

My biggest problem with the book was some of the topics could have been fleshed out a little more. The book was almost too general and did not discuss any of the topics in depth. I wish the book had been a little longer so that some of the topics, such as the discussions about world religions and faith could have been delved into a little more.

I also wish the talks were more personal in nature, particularly Nick’s relationship with his wife and baby. You learn enough to  know there are some issues between Nick and his wife, and the discussion between Nick and Jesus offers enough to know that Nick needs to be a better husband, but there are no suggestions on how he can do this on a practical level. (And I like things practical! 🙂 )

My rating:

I give this book 3 stars.

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Review Copy Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the Waterbrook Multnomahah blogging for books (http://www.waterbrookmultnomah.com/bloggingforbooks/) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html) : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Comments

  1. I did not read the book but saw the play. I agree with the 3 stars! I will rate your review.
    Colleen…recently posted…Jesus Multiplies Our GivingMy Profile

  2. I couldn’t figure out how to rate your review! But I was enlightened by it… 🙂

  3. it’s a wonderful book. it’s brief and concise. worth reading.

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