Thursday, December 29, 2011

Night With a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory

This book isn’t due out until early March 2012, but I wanted to highlight it now so you could be watching for it. 

Have you read The Perfect Stranger series by David Gregory? (Dinner with A Perfect Stranger and Day with a Perfect Stranger) I did and loved them. Even saw the movies. So glad David’s writing on this series again. 

Here’s the summary:

Six years ago, businessman Nick Cominsky encountered Jesus the old-fashioned way—in a face-to-face meeting. And the Christian life seemed a breeze . . . for a while. But now, having done everything he knows to grow spiritually, he wonders where his closeness with Jesus has gone. Burned out and hopeless, Nicks wails his complaints to God during a late-night interstate trip. Then suddenly he runs out of gas—and finds Jesus along the roadside with a gas can. Jesus hops in the truck and offers answers Nick never heard in church . . . and a nighttime of adventures ensues beyond anything Nick could have imagined.

And now, my review:

Our hero from book one is burned out. He feels his life isn’t as victorious as he thought it would be now that he’s a Christian. Where is the abundant life Jesus promised in the Bible? Why isn't he as spiritually mature as he feels he should be by now? And how can he change that? He feels like his prayers only hit the ceiling. When he runs out of gas on a highway in the middle of night, who should be standing at the roadside for a ride along, gas can in hand? Yes, the Perfect Stranger. And the ride that follows, coupled with the insights from this not-exactly-a-stranger traveling Companion, changes his life.

I enjoy reading David’s writing style. Very simple, straightforward. No 25¢ words. Lots of symbolism, though. And the concepts will get you thinking. I don’t want to give away the central concept (or at least the one I took away), because I encourage you to read this book for yourself.  I will say that it’s a theme God’s highlighting in my own life lately.

If you’ve been a Christian a while, and you are feeling burned out, (or ever have felt burned out or disillusioned in your Christian walk), if you’ve ever wondered where your joy went or where God seems to have gone, read this novella. Read this series. Great books.

Highly recommended.

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