Although there has been a publisher change between the second and third books, David Gregory’s Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger now has third companion title, Night with a Perfect Stranger (2012 Worthy Press hardcover).
I got to know David through the first two books, and then followed him to the nearly 400-page novel The Last Christian, which I reviewed here. The first two books were also used as the basis of two movies, but with some significant plot changes. I explained the mapping of the two books to the two films here.
So it was interesting to follow David back to the much shorter (120 or so pages) format of the earlier titles.
I actually borrowed this book because I wanted to read it. I’m not aware of Worthy (the publisher) having any kind of review programs. So having mentioned it here let me use bullet points to highlight a few things:
- The basic premise you have to agree to is that Jesus can appear to people today in the flesh. Yes, of course you disagree that this happens, but you need to suspend that issue to enjoy the book.
- While this continues to be “apologetics fiction,” the main theme here is the nitty gritty of living the Christian life, of keeping up the zeal we have at major turning points when spiritual disciplines or church life become routine.
- Tied to this is the nature of God’s dealings with us and the nature of God’s presence.
- Like the first book — but not the second — there is more appeal here to the male reader, but not at the expense of women who will enjoy this as well.
- This one is less static; there are more locations; there is more action.
- There is a fun reference to “that book where God is an African-American woman,” and readers of “that book” and others like it will enjoy this.
- The back cover of the book, above the bar code, doesn’t indicate the title as fiction which, in terms of literary genre, it clearly is. Not sure why.
At $14.95 U.S., hardcover gift books like these are not cheap, but they are certainly worth giving to the right person who is struggling with a present Christian life that doesn’t equal past Christian experiences; or is simply longing, as we all do, for something more.