Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – David Gregory

I picked up this book because the title sounded interesting, but it’s actually about a guy who goes on a dinner with Jesus. I really liked the idea of the book and I think it was written really interestingly. Overall I give it a 4/5.

So this guy, Nick, that’s living a very mundane life gets a strange invitation from Jesus to dinner, so he accepts it to see who this ‘Jesus’ is. They have dinner, Jesus answers all of his questions, and gives him advice.

This book was overall very interesting. There were some really good points and inspiring exerts. It’s been quite a while since I finished this book but there were really good references to verses in the bible. There was one that I remembered. I’m not 100% sure if this was a correct interpretation on the author’s part but it feels 90% sure. Basically Jesus tells Nick, that has a daughter, what it was like for God to send Jesus to die for us. That the reason that God ‘forsake’ Jesus, and turned his back on him was because if he were to see Jesus there dying, he would have changed his mind. It’s different when you’re told that it was hard for God to send his son, but when they reference it to a character like Nick, who goes home every night to his daughter, it’s a whole lot more relatable.

Oh, and another one of my favorites was when Jesus tells Nick that he’s scared of God stealing his fun, but he has it backwards. And he’s like a kid who doesn’t want to leave for Disney World because he’s having fun making mud pies on the curb. I mean this is put so simply, and it couldn’t be said more clear than that. We’re missing the big picture. We’re making mud pies when we can be at Disney World.

The book ends with Jesus giving the guy a card that says something along the lines of ‘call and he will sit down and have dinner with you’ I think. It’s a bible verse.

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 comfortably discusses 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.

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This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen

I’ll start off this month with a post about Sarah Dessen. I read This Lullaby, and it was.. not. good. I give it.. 2/5.

This book is about a girl who apparently doesn’t believe in love, and goes through boyfriends like I go through books. Until she meets someone who is the exact opposite of what she’s looking for. A musician and very reminiscent of her father. She ends up actually liking, poss loving, (how old is she btw?) and she doesn’t even realize it, in fact she denies it. That’s about all I can say to summarize this book, because there’s not a lot I remember about it.

I don’t know what this craze is about Sarah Dessen, but I really don’t like her books. They’re generic, girl meets boy who changes her life. They’re not eye opening, I can’t connect with the main character, and to be honest, sometimes they just piss me off. Her books really have no context, no depth, and nothing that sticks out.

I don’t remember anything memorable from the book, ergo I don’t have a whole lot to say. I just with the ending to Sarah Dessen’s books weren’t so loose ended. They end with the girl and boy not being together but everything just ‘settles down’ and they still contact each other. UGH I don’t even know, this book really wasn’t worth my time, I just read it to see if Lock and Key was the only bad Sarah Dessen books. This book also got a lot of good reviews. WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?? I want to know! REALLY, I DOO! Why do YOU like Sarah Dessen??? Do you just like the plot? They way she writes? The characters?

Well, this was short. But what can I say? A bad books gets a short review.

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know form her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about? From acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, this is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy who’s determined to softer her up.