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A Day with a Perfect Stranger

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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
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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booklady
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
Honeypie
Dec 30, 2014 Honeypie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
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Ardia
Jul 24, 2014 Ardia rated it it was amazing
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
Debby
Aug 07, 2012 Debby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
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
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Tania
Oct 24, 2010 Tania rated it it was amazing
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
Christy
Jan 26, 2016 Christy rated it it was amazing
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
Leslie
Feb 09, 2009 Leslie rated it it was ok
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
Crystal
Dec 08, 2015 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I enjoyed reading it. It is a story about a woman going on a business trip flight. This woman is having trouble with her husband and encounters Jesus on the trip. He explains what a relationship with God is like. I recommend you read Dinner with a Perfect Stranger first. It tells what seems to have brought on the disagreement between the husband and wife.
Yolanda
Feb 04, 2012 Yolanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: dove
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.
Jenni Barahona
Feb 15, 2016 Jenni Barahona rated it really liked it
I've always been the type of girl who believes that marriage should be something that lasts forever. In some cases it does, in others it doesn't. I truly admire the way that the "perfect stranger" made her think about all of these things instead of just asking Nick for the divorce. Divorce just splits a family apart, especially when there is kids involved (in this case, the little two-year-old and the baby boy on the way). I truly recommend this book for anyone who is going through a though time ...more
Shannon
Aug 05, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it
A good quick read that will help you understand the importance of having a relationship with God and how that relationship will strengthen your love for everyone, especially your husband/wife.
Tish
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!
Axsel Cintron
Aug 13, 2015 Axsel Cintron rated it really liked it
Good read...
Terri
Aug 26, 2011 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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,
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Kevin
May 02, 2008 Kevin rated it it was ok
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
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Cassie Heck
Feb 15, 2008 Cassie Heck rated it did not like it
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
Rachel
Apr 18, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
I love this story is calming to the soul. Makes you think about life and what really matters to us in our lives. I love the surprice in the end of the story and the discovering that Mattie makes at the end as well. A must read!!!!!!!!!!
Leigh
Jul 31, 2014 Leigh rated it it was ok
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
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
May 22, 2014 Stacey Clark rated it liked it
The idea is interesting, and while it's a little fluffy (and sometimes preachy), it was a pretty light, quick read.
Cairahhh
Mar 24, 2013 Cairahhh rated it it was amazing
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
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Lupe
Sep 21, 2014 Lupe rated it liked it
I preferred the first book but I liked the idea that God probably wants people to follow God not religion.
Debbie
Nov 24, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
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
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Jan Ackerson
Mar 21, 2008 Jan Ackerson rated it liked it
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.
Bette
Jan 25, 2016 Bette rated it really liked it
Interesting , very quick read, all about God. Do you believe in God, what he is all about ( according to this author). I liked it.
Lovviner
Nov 25, 2015 Lovviner rated it liked it
It was good but I liked Dinner with a Perfect stranger better.
Deborah
Jan 23, 2015 Deborah rated it liked it
Though lovely, the story was not very realistic.
Ruth
Dec 31, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Very short but good faith-based read.
Maureen
Dec 18, 2014 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Easy and quick read; spiritual
L Cole
Nov 02, 2015 L Cole rated it really liked it
A good book. Easy read and short. Similar to the noticer by Andy Andrews.
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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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“He’d have to be really smart. The universe is pretty intricate. And humans themselves are so complex, given what we’ve learned about DNA and all.'
“Okay, God would have to be super intelligent.”
'Yeah. I’m not sure I buy that design in the universe proves God, but if there was a God, he would really be intelligent – and powerful – to pull it all off.”
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