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A Day with a Perfect Stranger

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  815 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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 w
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Although just as readable as Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering, Day with a Perfect Stranger didn’t sweep me along in quite the same way. I’m not sure if it’s sequel syndrome, my expectations or the book itself. The story has its strengths including: the opportunity for a literary fantasy with the Divine. What would it be like to have a totally unexpected day with Jesus? Also I like having the broader scope brought by the vantage of Mattie Cominisky, the wife of Nick ...more
Mattie is exasperated with her husband's "new obsessions with Jesus". And so she jumps at the chance of a business trip to escape him for a while.

But we know we can never escape Him.

I like David Gregory, and was introduced to his writing from the "first" book, Dinner With A Perfect Stranger. (I can't find my review of that here on Goodreads, so I might have read it before 2012.) I really enjoyed that book, as well.

And this book didn't differ, or even compare. Similar to the first book, it "intro
While I was not vastly impressed with this book, I think it did have a good message and was worth reading. It's an easy read (I read it in one evening) but does bring up some ideas about God that many people miss entirely, namely how so many people get caught up in the "rules and regulations" of religion that they not only alienate non-believers from truly understanding what God is all about but also often miss the point themselves,that most of all, God desires the a relationship with us just as ...more
I will admit until just this very minute, the Perfect Stranger part of the title escaped me!!! I don't know why I didn't put two and two together. Mattie is on her way to Texas for a business trip. She leaves home pretty sure that her husband Nick is losing his mind. He was, until just recently, an absent husband and father working way too many hours at work. Now he is spending more time with his family, but he has changed. He says he had dinner with Jesus Christ, and he is reading the bible. On ...more
This is the follow-up with Nick's wife Mattie. She is quite frustrated with her marriage and looking to God for answers was not on her list of ways to resolve it. It is not a big book but is a fast read and gives a person a few things to ponder.
This is a quick read with a powerful message. It's the first of David Gregory's books that I've read, but it definitely won't be the last. Very enjoyable!
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dinner With a Perfect Stranger, which is about Nick's dinner encounter with the "perfect stranger", Jesus Christ, to Nick's wife's encounter with him.
So, in A Day With a Perfect Stranger, Mattie encounters a strnager seated next to her while she's on a business trip to Tucson. Mattie is not so happy about the changes in her life and marriage due to Nick's encounter with Jesus Christ, so she's "loaded for bear" as the saying goes, when the conversa
A Day with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory is an interesting look into the possibility of having a personal relationship with god. Mattie, a mother of one with a husband who has just discovered religion, takes a business trip only to find that the strangers she sits next to will try to change her outlook on her current situation.

The first person Mattie encounters is forward and a bit preachy when it comes to the idea that her husband has talked to Jesus. Mattie is already set in her ideas,
I struggled with what I thought about David Gregory's first book, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, so when I saw he had a sort of companion book, focused on a female character's interaction with Jesus, I thought I would check it out.

Unfortunately, A Day with a Perfect Stranger didn't clarify my thoughts much.

The story here is basically the flip side of the previous book. Dinner covered the husband and Day follows the wife. Dinner dealt with a workaholic who had drifted away from faith as his adu
Mattie Cominsky gladly escapes on an out-of-town business trip after her husband Nick claims to have found God. Mattie has no interest in joining him in his new journey of faith and is contemplating divorce. She finds herself in a middle seat on the airplane. To her right, in the aisle seat, is a man who shares her disdain for religion and its tedious rules and rituals. Yet as she becomes engrossed in conversation with him, Mattie has the uncomfortable feeling that he does believe in God. Worse ...more
A great follow up to 'Dinner With A Stranger.' This is the second time this year I have read this book and if I could give it better than a 5 out of 5, I would. Mattie's husband encountered Jesus in the first, but now it is she who has her own spiritual encounter while on a business trip. While on the plane, she meets a man named Jay who opened her up to God's existence. Like all us, Mattie has encountered some deep hurts and disappointments in life. This is a beautifully written and a wonderful ...more
Cassie Heck
Ok, so I was in a rush and grabbed a couple of things off of the "great gifts" table at Barnes and Noble. Had I known this was your typical born again Christian ridiculousness I would not have read it much less purchased it. After the fist few pages the story was completely transparent including the eventual message that "upon reading the bible and believing in Jesus Christ you will be saved and all others will be damned." The book personified God, as a man of course, as opposed to a woman, or s ...more
Exactly the same plot setup as the prequel, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger. But for some reason, this one isn't as good. The character of Mattie doesn't seem skeptical so much as she seems bitchy and fed up. Finally, his revealing himself by telling her about her early pregnancy wasn't quite credible. She may have seemed pregnant, some women are obvious, even before they start to physically show. And early in the story, she had actually called a divorce lawyer for an appt. Would a woman in early ...more
Great story, especially for those of us who are Christians already (as compared to his other "with a perfect stranger" books that are geared more towards new believers in my opinion). It's always a great reminder to hear we can't earn God's love - it's just a gift. I'd read this again, which I don't usually do.
Star Shining Forever
Well, this book is the sequel to "Dinner With A Perfect Stranger" so it's along the same lines of that. Jesus comes to Earth as a regular human being and interacts with a specific person who has problems in his or her life, in order to show them the truth and change their mind about Him. And do they ever come away changed! When they see the truth of Who Jesus really is, they can't help but be changed. A 100 pages, this was a nice, quick read. The movies based on this series are a little differen ...more
Stacey Clark
The idea is interesting, and while it's a little fluffy (and sometimes preachy), it was a pretty light, quick read.
This book is really good. Thank God I read it!
The experiences I had in my life probably took me to agree with this quote.

"Because how is your heart going to be filled by someone, or something, as finite and imperfect as you are? If people were created to have an intimate connection with their Creator, would you expect them to be satisfied apart from Him?"

We need to know love before we give love. We need to know God, for He is Love. If the source of the Love we give out is from Someone who is In
I preferred the first book but I liked the idea that God probably wants people to follow God not religion.
This book had a great message, which was hitting home at the perfect time. I don't usually read books in one day, even at only about 100 pages, but I did this one.
The writing is not great, and the main character Mattie is annoying...I would've liked to slap her. My rating purely reflects the message in the book.

I recieved this book as a gift and read it before it's companion Dinner With a Perfect Stranger, but I don't really think that hindered the read. In fact I kind of like that I was kept
Jan Ackerson
The sequel to Dinner with a Perfect Stranger isn't quite as good a read, but still worthwhile for a quick afternoon's diversion.

It's a similar format: skeptic (in this case, the wife of the fellow in the last book) finds herself in the presence of "Jesus". The book is their conversation--about life, religion, faith...and by the time you're done reading, you've discovered answers to questions you didn't even realize you had.
Though lovely, the story was not very realistic.
Very short but good faith-based read.
Easy and quick read; spiritual
Picks up where Dinner With A Perfect Stranger left off. Nick's wife is unhappy with his sudden religious conversion. She sits next to Jesus on a flight and he talks to her about faith, etc. A good book to use for evangelism or to deepen your own faith. It doesn't proselytize at all. It makes faith tangible and understandable.
Bonnie McHenry
Revealing Himself to a skeptic, negative, angry, non-believer full of questions as to why she should believe! Jesus has his hands full with this one, but in the end, His love and humanity prevails. A lot of "food for thought" questions (taken right from the book itself)and eye opening answers. Again, leaves me listening for His voice and feeling His love and proud to be part of his flock! Ahhh, the Good Shepherd knows my name!!!
Jill Tree
The sequel to Dinner with a Perfect Stranger. The 1st book has a man, Nick, having dinner with Jesus. This book has Nick's wife traveling for business by air. The person beside her on both flights, Jesus, took a more subtle approach discussing how a loving God can let there be pain and hurt in the world. Interesting to think about how God pursues us in different ways, how men and women think differently. Another great read.
This is a continuation of the book Dinner with a Stranger. In this book the character meets a stranger and ends up spending much of the day with him. The talk about the characters issues regarding a faith in an invisible God who appears to be uninterested and uninvolved with her and those around her. As with the first book, this book addresses typical thoughts and questions people ask or think regarding the Christian God.
Very quick-to-read book that led to some self-reflection. My rating reflects the timing of the message in this book. This book reminded me of a couple of books I've read that were written by John Harricharan.

I read this book before Dinner with a Stranger, which I should have read first. Even though I didn't have the context of the first book to draw on, I preferred the second book (A Day with a Perfect Stranger).
Hank Pharis
A follow up to Dinner with a perfect stranger that is also good but not as good.
Jason Lilly
Though not as powerful for me as its prequel, this is still an amazing book filled with a touching story and plenty of Biblical answers to questions every human has about God and life and suffering and marriage. I love how David Gregory uses such a captivating story and clever dialogue to teach Biblical truths. If you loved Dinner With a Perfect Stranger, don't miss this sequel.
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David Gregory's life has come full circle. Despite a love for writing and liberal arts in high school and college, David opted for a “more practical” business degree that launched him into a successful ten-year career in compensation management with three consulting firms and Texas Instruments. After a decade of spreadsheets, however, he was ready to look for a career offering more personal meanin ...more
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