Invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth, stressed, overworked business man Nick Cominsky assumes his fellow workers are pulling a prank. On his arrival at the restaurant the stranger introduces himself as 'Jesus. My family called me Yeshua.' Nick decides to play along but throughout the meal this game is continued, and Nick ...
Invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth, stressed, overworked business man Nick Cominsky assumes his fellow workers are pulling a prank. On his arrival at the restaurant the stranger introduces himself as 'Jesus. My family called me Yeshua.' Nick decides to play along but throughout the meal this game is continued, and Nick begins to wonder if this likeable apparent prankster may indeed be what he claims. As the meal progresses, this modern day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God...and he begins to wonder if it's possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions. Nick's life may be changed forever when he has Dinner with a Perfect Stranger.
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Nov 1, 2007
Only God Within You Can Save You
A very interesting idea based on Rel 3:20 and acted out with great simplicity between a man and Jesus who meet across a dinner table. As a Christian this story made me realize how much faith I have in God in general. If I cannot live with God within me than I can not be a better person.
Sep 6, 2007
Excellent read, in less than a day. Great metaphore. I loved the simplicity and ease of story. So basic you can live it.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-06 In this didactic inspirational novella, Cincinnati workaholic Nick Cominsky accepts an invitation that he assumes is a gag: to have dinner with Jesus Christ himself. He soon finds out it's no laughing matter, and, despite his doubts and initial misgivings, he engages in a long conversation with the deity (who has jettisoned the long locks and sandals in favor of a Brooks Brothers haircut and blue suit). That conversation constitutes the novella's light plot. As the courses of their elegant Italian meal are delivered, Nick and Jesus discuss the dichotomies of sin and salvation, grace and works, organized religion and personal faith. In his quest to prove why Christianity is superior to other religions, Gregory has Jesus make misleading statements about Hinduism, Buddhism and particularly Islam. These unfair caricatures add to the book's heavy-handed feel, as do strawman arguments for the veracity of the Bible and the resurrection. What's appealing about this book is that its Jesus is refreshingly down-to-earth; he digs good food, draws theological illustrations from Star Trek, and quietly chafes at wearing a necktie. But that can't disguise the fact that Gregory has not written a story so much as a dressed-up and controversial sermon. (July 19) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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