Dinner With A Perfect Stranger
Nick Cominsky has a wife, a young daughter, and a seventy hour a week job that strains the bounds of his marriage. The guys he works with are jokesters, so you can imagine what runs through his mind when he receives a formal invitation to dine at a local Italian restaurant with Jesus of Nazareth. At first, he thinks it is an advertising ploy from one of the local churches until he realizes that it is not so typical. Immediately, his mind darts to his coworkers. As the three weeks to the dinner date pass, he waits for some indication--a devious smile, a joke--that would validate his suspicions, however, nobody in his office does anything that seems in line with this joke.
On the appointed night, he drives to the restaurant and expects to see people from his office. Surprisingly, he is escorted to a table where an olive-skinned man in a nice suit awaits. The man introduces himself as Jesus. Immediately, Nick sets about to make the imposter “slip-up” and botch the façade. What follows is a dialogue between a jaded man who wants to believe in something and the person he comes to suspect really is Jesus. The book, in its conversational style, presents answers dealing with why suffering exists, to explaining a few key differences in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Wanting to believe, but not quite yet sure, he asks the stranger if they will dine together again. With a smile, the man who claims to be Jesus, hands blank a card on which he has written Revelation 3:20.
The book is refreshingly sweet and presented information in an easy to understand style that was not preachy. Cominsky asked Jesus to explain suffering and to clarify if all religions have different means with the same ending. If you found yourself invited to a quiet dinner with Jesus, what questions would you ask?
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