I received a Kindle galley copy of this book via http://www.NetGalley.com in return for a fair review.
Night with a Perfect Stranger is the story of one man’s meeting with Jesus. Having met Jesus over dinner in a restaurant six years previously, the author’s protagonist is now suffering from a faith which is tired and fading. Nick had believed that meeting Jesus would energise him for a lifetime but it seemed that this was not to be. His devotional times felt empty, his relationship with his wife was weakening and he didn’t know what to tell his children about faith as they began to grow up.
And so it is that on a long car journey as he runs out of fuel in the middle of the road, Nick once again meets Jesus, a man in blue jeans carrying a petrol can. This is the story of the conversation that the two of them have as Nick drives home.
It is fiction, not an attempt to delineate a systematic theology about Jesus, and so that means it has to be read in a certain way. Nevertheless, I found it strangely captivating. All of us who have walked with God for a time will resonate with the frustrations and struggles of this ordinary man and the answers which David Gregory puts into the mouth of Jesus are interesting and, at times, a strong commentary on what might be the differences between what God means by relationship with him and what we evangelicals have made it!
If you have a couple of hours spare and fancy reading light Christian fiction, then you might quite enjoy this.