I was so excited when this book tour came around. I remember my daughter requested these books for Christmas one year and she really enjoyed them. But I forgot we had them and then she had the audacity to up and move away to bible school and take her books with her so I never did get a chance to read them. Sheesh, teenagers. But then the tour came and here's my chance. Unfortunately, the tour started this Monday and I didn't get the books until Tuesday so I've only just begun the first one. But let me say, from the small amount I've read this book has totally captured me and I cannot put it down. It's a novella, so it is not a long novel but boy it packs a whole lot into it's short form. I am loving the concept so far and can't help but imagine myself in the shoes of Nick who recieves a strange invitation to have dinner with Jesus of Nazareth. What follows is a conversation over dinner that is challenging Nick on faith, God, life and other topics. Can you imagine talking face to face with Jesus about all of these?
*Update: I had originally asked Kay to do a review for me when I knew I wouldn't have the time to read both books. But as is the life of the busy bible school student who has a paper on Elijah due first, she got it to me as quick as she could. So if you are interested in her much more indepth review go here. She does pretty good reviews, if I do say so myself. Just scroll down to #5 & 6.
You are Invited to a Dinner with Jesus of Nazareth
The mysterious envelope arrives on Nick Cominsky’s 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 can’t 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 appears to be more than comfortable discussing 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 Nick’s personal life.…………..
"You’re bored, Nick. You were made for more than this. You’re worried about God stealing your fun, but you’ve got it backwards.… There’s 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 you’re in at work."………….
As the evening progresses, their conversation touches on life, God, meaning, pain, faith, and doubt–and it seems that having Dinner with a Perfect Stranger may change Nick’s life forever.
What if a fascinating stranger knew you better than you know yourself?
When her husband comes home with a farfetched story about eating dinner with someone he believes to be Jesus, Mattie Cominsky thinks this may signal the end of her shaky marriage. Convinced that Nick is, at best, turning into a religious nut, the self-described agnostic hopes that a quick business trip will give her time to think things through.
On board the plane, Mattie strikes up a conversation with a fellow passenger. When she discovers their shared scorn for religion, she confides her frustration over her husband’s recent conversion. The stranger suggests that perhaps her husband isn’t seeking religion but true spiritual connection, an idea that prompts her to reflect on her own search for fulfillment.
As their conversation turns to issues of spiritual longing and deeper questions about the nature of God, Mattie finds herself increasingly drawn to this insightful stranger. But when the discussion unexpectedly turns personal, touching on things she’s never told anyone, Mattie is startled and disturbed. Who is this man who seems to peer straight into her soul?
I've been given a copy to bless someone with, so if you would like to read "Dinner with a Perfect Stranger" leave a comment. As usual please make sure there is some way to get a hold of you either through a blog link or email address. Sorry but I do have to limit it to Canadian or U.S. addresses. If you're international and have someone with one of those addresses I can send it to for you, feel free to comment. Open until Friday midnight, March 6.