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Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering

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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, c
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Published July 12th 2005 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2005)
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Andrew
Mar 20, 2017 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
First of all, put aside the notion that this is a true work of fiction. Rather, it's an argument with a loose, unlikely, uninteresting plot wrapped around it. Worse, the plot is distracting, with waiters and bus boys interrupting the conversation between the strawman -- I mean Nick, the narrator -- and a certain interpretation of Jesus, one who uses an age-old wound that our narrator has from his childhood as an excuse to talk him into conversion to a form of Christianity.

I don't have a problem
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Heather
Aug 29, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would be interested to hear what a non-Christian would make of this book. I am a Christian and, although I didn't think it was life-changing, it was an intriguing, quick read. This book reminded me in some ways of The Shack, but I think this one is definitely better written. Dinner with a Perfect Stranger does not necessarily delve very deeply into the issues raised; I would describe it as an introduction, which is why I think it might be useful to a non-Christian who wants an introduction to ...more
Lori
Jan 28, 2009 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I totally forgot that I own this and read it.
See how unmemorable it was?

Its a great idea for a book.
To sit down with Jesus and ask him anything you ever wanted to know. The chance to reaffirm your beliefs. Or in my case, the chance to shed those layers of doubt, and constant questioning.

Bleh. It just did not deliver. The writting was quite bland. It felt to me as tho the writer had written a persuasive essay about religion, and knew if he marketed it that way, it would not reach much of an aud
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Becky
Aug 15, 2011 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a FirstReads giveaway and it was a very easy, simple and intriguing read. I really enjoyed the concept of the book and even learned a thing or two, but it didn't blow my mind or change my life forever. But, it does make you think- what would it be like if you had dinner with Jesus Christ? I have faith in him wholeheartedly and I know it would be a profound experience. I would learn so much from him and the main character in this book did. I think it would make an impact in any ...more
Brin
Dec 04, 2008 Brin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dinner With a Perfect Stranger" was on of the best and most factual book i have ever read. All though the plot could be altered a bit the main idea was great. Things that were said made me reflect on my life and made me think of things that i dont normally think about.
This book is about a man who is asked out to dinner by an anonymous person. Thinking it is his friends messing with him, he reluctantly goes. Once he gets there at his table is a man he's never met. The man tells him that he is
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Sheila
A fast read, but also a great story, about a man who is losing his faith who receives an invitation to have dinner with Jesus.
Pilar
Aug 14, 2011 Pilar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sitt
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
Jul 27, 2011 Meagan Myhren-bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians, book groups
Recommended to Meagan by: Blogging for Books
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger
By David Gregory

Nick Cominsky has received an invitation to dinner with Jesus of Nazareth. Thinking that he is the target of a practical joke Nick shows up. What follows is nothing like what Nick expected.

Who is this man claiming to be Jesus? As Jesus asks and answers questions, Nick is forced to admit that much of what the world offers is empty and meaningless. Then Jesus tells him that God restores relationships - God’s with humanity. To restore this relationship
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Christy
Dec 02, 2011 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time this year I have read this book.. If I could give it better than 5 out of 5, I would. It is one of the greatest explanations of the gospel, God's love and forgiveness that I have read in some time, other than the Bible its self. Nick, a cynical, but very successful business man, receives a mysterious dinner invitation - an invitation to dine with Jesus of Nazareth. Who could imagine - dinner with Jesus. Thinking that his friends or the local church is playing a trick on h ...more
Stephanie
Jun 17, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For anyone looking for a little spiritual guidance in a super-easy to read format, this is great book. It took all of 2 hours to read so it did not require a big commitment. I would compare the book to the first few chapters of "Mere Christianty" by CS Lewis, but in a story-like setting. I found the writing to approachable and thought-provoking, making it a great book for a little self-reflection and insight.
Lisa Insalaco
Imagine what having dinner with Jesus Christ would be like. What would you say? What would you ask? I was intrigued by the idea. Find out what David Gregory thinks how the conversation would go.
booklady
Have you ever wanted to have dinner with Jesus? I know I have! Dinner ... lunch ... breakfast ... a glass of water ... just a chance to talk—I’d settle for that.

The premise of David Gregory’s book, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation worth considering, is that the main character Nick Cominsky receives an invitation to a dinner with Jesus. I’ve read the arguments pro and con for this book and this review isn’t praise or scorn for the writing, because that is the means to the end, or th
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Kristi
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering is a slim volume best suited for a light-weight philosopher interested in the claims of Jesus Christ. The plot of the book centers on a dialogue in a restaurant between a man, Nick, in a turbulent marriage mostly disinterested in religion, and the actual Jesus, reincarnated if you will on earth as himself in the 21st century. The plot being centered on dialogue results in a lack of depth or development to the characters themselves. ...more
Patrick
Like The Shack, this story opens with a mysterious invitation. But David Gregory's musings about a modern meal with Jesus proceed on more orthodox theological footing than William Young's fictional "weekend with God" did.

Gregory is a charitable writer, and although his biographical snippet is careful to avoid identification with any particular denomination, his Reformation bias sometimes shows in this otherwise thoughtful book. For example, the skeptical businessman in the story asks Jesus if hi
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Rebekah
Aug 03, 2011 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it catches the today life of many who were raised Christian or who are currently Christian and have slipped slowly away from walking with God.



I also find that it is very encouraging in showing that God always wants to be there for you but you have to choose to except his invitation.



Life seems so complicated and yet Christ shows that truly if you seek him and take refuge in his strength then you can get through anything. He's always there for you... you just have to cal
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Diana Camren
May 28, 2011 Diana Camren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book while taking care of a friend who was sick. It is a short and quick read and even if you already know Jesus, you find yourself wanting to know more. I have found this book to be a great eveangelism tool. I have given it to many and it is an uninvasive way to introduce Jesus to people who aren't always open to asking or being asked in person. I have found that many people do open it up and start reading and once they do they can't stop. I read the entire book to someone in 2 hou ...more
Jaclyn
Jun 30, 2009 Jaclyn rated it liked it
I own this book on CD and this was my second time listening to it. It's funny because the first time I read it was only a couple of years ago but I didn't remember anything at all about it. I'm not sure why though because once I got past the cheezy beginning where he's trying to figure out who's playing a trick on him this time, I really enjoyed it. Although this is certainly not an in depth study of Christianity, it's not meant to be that either.

I really liked the analogies used throughout the
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Star Shining Forever
A skeptic is invited to dinner with Jesus of Nazareth. He goes thinking it's a joke. As the evening goes on, he agrees to be open to the idea that this is for real, and hits Jesus with everything he can think of. He is surprised by the results.

This nice little book covers most of the issues raised in considering Christianity.

• Christianity compared to other religions
• Many roads to God?
• Christianity vs. religion
• Moral absolutes
• Will your good outweigh your bad?
• Justice and Mercy
• The hist
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Jessie
Mar 07, 2009 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a very thought provoking, interesting read, I actually would like to give it 3 1/2 stars. I read it in a couple of hours and I found that it is an inspiring read even if you are a nonbeliever or your religious background doesn't support the author's depiction of Jesus. I loved the way Jesus was portrayed, as an intelligent, educated, soft-spoken, and loving individual. He was also very human in that he was humorous and witty and loved the same kind of things we all enjoy ...more
Ruth
Mar 06, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you received an invitation to have dinner with Jesus? After receiving his invitation, Nick must decide what to do. Surely this is a joke planned by his friends. When he shows up for his dinner date, however, he realizes that this was certainly an elaborate hoax that has taken an inordinate amount of time for his friends to pull off or is this perhaps not a joke at all? Nick has taken some coursework on religion so he figures he will have a go at his companion and ask some ve ...more
Robert
Feb 05, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by my wife and here I must say thank you. Nick receives a dinner invitation to a nice Italian restaurant, from Jesus. Thinking his friends are pulling a prank on him he decides to go to the restaurant at the appointed time. What ensues is a very interesting dinner conversation that the reader is drawn into. I felt that this book spoke well to my beliefs and I enjoyed it very much. For others not of the Christian persuasion there may be some parts that would be ups ...more
Ben
Jan 06, 2013 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very pleasantly surprised by this read as its purported purpose and its small gift-like size made me hesitant to even open it. While indeed silly on some levels (how could it not be), it ultimately managed to be charming, witty, and smartly written enough to easily win me over. The only negative I saw is that it is not a real meaningful read if you agree with the author as it is little more than a manifesto. Even then though, the shear talent shown in condensing such good theology into som ...more
Robert Mitchell
Feb 12, 2015 Robert Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a pastor, I found this a very interesting read. On the surface, it's a bit far-fetched, and yet quite profound. Nick is a skeptic, and thinks his invitation to dine with Jesus is a joke perpetrated by his buddies. As the evening wears on, he begins to realize it is not a hoax, and he becomes intrigued by his host.
I wanted to go back through the book and circle some of the answers Jesus gave because they are dead-on -- the kind of answers I wish I'd come up with.
I have some theological issue
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Eres
Jan 04, 2010 Eres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that I enjoyed reading this book. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I recommended it to others. What irritates me, though, is the standard cheese-ball ending wherein some epiphany is proffered that is supposed to make the reader feel somehow closer to God. Well, I don't. Does that mean the book was not inspirational - not at all. It just wasn't to me. An excellent read, albeit predictable and "safe".
fleegan
This book was interesting. It's about a normal guy who receives a dinner invitation at a fancy Italian restaurant with Jesus of Nazereth. The guy thinks it's a hoax that his friends are playing so he goes along with it. At first he doesn't think that the other guy is Jesus. But as the dinner goes on it gets kinda strange 'cos the Jesus guy knows things about his life.
Good book, short read (100 pages), and the theology was sound.
Chance
I have always been taught or seen Christ a boring, enlightened, and reserved person. I like how this book gives a contemporary out look on Christ, with a little humor added in. That is the kind of God I serve. My God laughs, dances, and holds me so tightly in his arms, wisdom, and in his kingdom. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It would be a great book for a non-believer but yearns to gather information....to learn. Thanks
Jesika
Apr 02, 2011 Jesika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Ending was way cool and maybe it's cause I don't know the bible, but that was pretty damn cool!
I guess if I had dinner with Jesus, I would imagine him to be like this. I want to believe Jesus was a real person...stuff like this makes me wonder. Regardless of the reality of Jesus, I truly like the idea of him whether he's ficticious or not. Jesus is my homeboy ;)
Melissa
May 10, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read-took about an hour, but such a profound book! It really made me think about my relationship with Jesus, and really just how awesome of a guy he really is. Made me reconsider how I've viewed him in the past, and to dig a little deeper inward on what I'm really doing here on earth.
Laurie
Mar 05, 2011 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little book is a gem. A dinner conversation between a man who says he is Jesus and a man struggling with his faith in which many thought provoking questions are asked and answered. This would be a great read for anyone new to the faith, or someone who needs a "booster shot" of what it takes to be a Christian.
Angie
Dec 08, 2008 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this could be a very thought provoking book. It's a very short read and I like the concept. A man receives a dinner invitation from Jesus. He goes to dinner thinking someone is playing a pracitcal joke, but finds himself enjoying the company of "Jesus" and learning some things about himself.
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“So Allah has to deny perfect justice in order to be merciful. There’s no penalty for wrongdoing if you have done enough good things to offset it. But true justice doesn’t work that way, not even on earth. If someone is convicted of fraud, the judge doesn’t say, ‘Well, he was a kind Little League coach. That offsets it.’ In Islam, Allah is not perfectly just, because if he were, people would have to pay the penalty for every sin, and no one would get into paradise. That’s what perfect justice is.” I pushed the vegetables around on my neglected plate. “But I thought God is forgiving. You’re implying that because of justice, God can’t forgive.” “God is forgiving. God wants to forgive people more than anything in the world, to restore them to himself. What I’m saying is that God’s desire to forgive doesn’t negate his perfect justice. Someone has to pay the penalty for sins. God’s justice demands it.” 0 likes
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