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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Gregory Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9780739322857
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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, 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.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rodney | 2/14/2014

    " Overall, not a bad book. I think the concept in it is a little over-simplified, but for someone who has some serious questions about a difficult topic, this book is not a bad starting point. Any serious study would require a much more in-depth look. My problem with this is that it's too easy. What I mean is that the character to whom Jesus is speaking is highly intelligent and can grasp what are difficult topics with ease...something most people would struggle with. If you want a basic introduction to some serious relgious issues, feel free to read, but don't expect too much depth. I give it three stars because I enjoyed the book; I'm just not sold on its brevity over a much more involved subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dyana | 1/31/2014

    " What would you do if you could sit down to dinner with Jesus Christ? What would you say to him?This 'read in a day' novel will captivate you, making you wish you too could have dinner with a perfect stranger! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stina | 1/29/2014

    " Wow...great book! I think I need a dinner like that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rochelle Roman | 1/27/2014

    " This book is very different but I finished it in about 1 hour and some change. Very moving and spiritual. Very good read. The author gave some possible answers as to what Jesus might really say when askes. The one that touched me the most is loving your child no matter what. Made my eyes water. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violet | 1/24/2014

    " A thought provoking book that starts out in an entertaining and humorus manner and progresses into something much deeper. They never did duscuss the second comming of Christ or mention the anti Christ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/12/2014

    " I finished re-reading this tonight. My favorite part is the very end of the story where Rev 3:20 is quoted. No doubt, this verse was the inspiration for Gregory's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Croll | 1/11/2014

    " A touching story with characters who come alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Rathbun | 1/9/2014

    " I really liked this. It was short yet compelling, answering many objections people have to Jesus and portraying His love and compassion for others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeri | 1/8/2014

    " Quick read. Very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Maricle | 12/7/2013

    " If you haven't yet dined with David and Jesus, I recommened it highly. It was very well-written. And it will make you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michellelbordin | 12/3/2013

    " Possibly one of the best books ever written! Very educational for a new Christian. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/19/2013

    " Any writings that that say they are right and everything else is wrong just irritates me. This is an author, a human being, writing this book and to think he knows it all just does not settle well with me. The idea of this book was well thought out and was interesting but I just don't buy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 10/3/2013

    " A very quick and enjoyable read. One for all of us who know someone who has attempted to reason their way into faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 9/21/2013

    " (I will write more on this book in the future. As a preview ... this book is one of my favorite of all time!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/18/2013

    " very quick read but very interesting... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki Mo | 8/30/2013

    " Another religious book my uncle gave me to read this year. This one was shorter and more bearable than the Shack. It at least had a good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/5/2013

    " What would you do if you received an invitation to eat dinner with Jesus? Very interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie St.romain | 8/16/2012

    " I loved this book!! Easy to read and can't wait to pass it on to friends and especially one non-believer very dear to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kd | 8/10/2012

    " Just got this and read it in 2 hours. It's just 100 perfect pages long. I was enthralled...dinner with Jesus? Just imagine...Loved it! Very reaffirming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 6/23/2012

    " 4.2. Christian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Burke | 5/21/2012

    " interesting...and only took an hour to read, so certainly worth the time... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate H | 4/27/2012

    " I highly recommend this book. I am not one to read religiously inclined books, but I found this to be quite moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 4/20/2012

    " This book probably only takes about 45 minutes to read. It is a very simplistic book that easily explains the gospel and how Jesus might answer some difficult questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 2/1/2012

    " Great read, makes you think and it is very well written and easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela | 9/11/2011

    " This book was really short, but it had an interesting perspective and it was really funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/16/2011

    " I love this book - it's a quick, yet simple read into exploring God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 6/24/2011

    " A book I never thought I would enjoy, I was wrong. Very thought provoking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 6/11/2011

    " Wow...great book! I think I need a dinner like that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/25/2011

    " I love this book - it's a quick, yet simple read into exploring God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/19/2011

    " A wonderful simple story to remind us what really matters about Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/3/2011

    " I liked this book because it sort of gives you the bottom line as what all religions are about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 2/8/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick and easy book to read. The author addresses many of the questions nonbelievers of Christianity may ponder. It is a conversational style of reading. Believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathryn | 1/12/2011

    " it was okay, but kept reading, was curious to what Nick had decided about Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 12/28/2010

    " This is wonderful.
    Rather than risk any spoilers, I'll just repeat something from the back cover - the dinner invitation that a guy named Nick received:

    You are invited to a dinner with Jesus of Nazareth
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/12/2010

    " Wouldn't you love to dine with Jesus? This book shares what that experience MIGHT be like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 9/26/2010

    " What a great book! I nice surprise and I completely enjoyed this book! A wonderful story to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 9/23/2010

    " The setup is a man receiving an invitation to dinner from Christ. He thinks its a joke but discovers it's real and gets to ask so of the questions that many people of faith grapple with. Interesting book. "

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About the Author
DAVID GREGORY is the author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, A Day with a Perfect Stranger, The Next Level, and the co author of two nonfiction books. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion, sociology and communications. He holds Master's degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas. He has been a frequent teacher, trainer, and conference speaker since the 1990s. A native of Texas, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Ava, and their four children.
About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. A six time Audie Award finalist (and a 2007 winner), he has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine.