Monday, March 2, 2009
A Day or Dinner with a Perfect Stranger -- Book Giveaway
What if you could have dinner with Jesus? What if you could spend a whole day with him? These are the questions answered by David Gregory in his books, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger .
In Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, Nick receives a dinner invitation from someone purporting to be Jesus. Although Nick is certain this is a practical joke, he decides to go along. However, his dining companion simply knows too much for this to be a hoax. The discussions they have are fascinating and the end result is Nick learns what it is to have a one-on-one relationship with Jesus. Day with a Perfect Stranger is the logical sequel. Nick's wife, Mattie, is certain her husband has gone completely insane. First, he claims to have had dinner with Jesus and now he's acting all weird and doing all kinds of church stuff. Mattie is ready to scream. So when she meets a stranger on a plane who seems to have the same feelings about organized religion she does, she's relieved to vent. Except, who is this stranger who simply knows too much?
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory are not only fabulous little books (think The Shack -- lite version), but they are the perfect books to use at witnessing tools since they are short, easy to read, not too-heavy-handed and thoughtfully consider the honest negatives that sometimes hold people back from church and "church people".
I only have a copy of A Day with a Perfect Stranger to give away. But both of these books are well worth your while to buy as gifts, to share with your loved ones, etc. You can purchase both these books from www.amazon.com and other booksellers. You can also order these books and learn more about them from Random House using the links below:
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger:
Day with a Perfect Stranger:
To enter the giveaway for a free copy of A Day with a Perfect Stranger , please e-mail me at email@example.com. Because I will be out of town Thursday-Sunday, winners will be posted Sunday afternoon.
Below are the summaries from the publisher. Good luck!
Summary Dinner with a Perfect Stranger:
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.
Summary Day with a Perfect Stranger:
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?
David Gregory is the author of the best-selling books Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger, and coauthor of two nonfiction books. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion and communications, earning graduate degrees from The University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. A native Texan, David now devotes himself to writing full time.