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OPEN
By David Gregory
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4964-1396-3
131 Page

Back Cover: You’ve accepted the invitation. Are you ready to take the next step?
From the New York Times bestselling author of Dinner with a Perfect StrangerOpen will forever change the way you think about faith.

It wasn’t the end of the world. It was just the end of Emma Jameson’s world. Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup and floundering in her career, Emma is struggling to come to grips with why God allows so much pain in our lives, why He seems so absent when she needs Him most, and why the Gospel accounts―our supposed guide for how to lead a contented Christian life―feel so completely irrelevant.

Then one day, a mysterious envelope arrives in Emma’s mailbox with the word Open written on the outside. Inside the envelope is a card bearing the following message: “For a real adventure with Jesus, go through the nearest open door.”

Skeptical, but having absolutely nothing to lose, Emma steps through the pantry door, only to find herself instantly transported back to the first century, where she is taken on a personal tour of various Gospel accounts by none other than Jesus himself―an experience that radically challenges Emma’s perception of the Gospels and what it really means to be a Christian.

REVIEW: The story opens with Emma Jameson a twenty nine year old breaks up with Jason after a two year relationship. She then receives a mysterious note that says, “For a real adventure with Jesus go through the nearest open door.”

Emma opens what she thinks is the nearest door and the adventure begins. It’s not what she expected. What she’s thrown into could kill her if she isn’t careful. Great! This is not what she needed right now.

She doesn’t know what to think. Was this a joke? Why would God allow this? She had to be honest with herself and God. She speaks to him when the storm dies down. 
“God I don’t feel like I’m getting anything at all from your word. What good is me reading these stories? None of them have anything to do with what I’m dealing with right now!...She continues, “God himself was supposed to be my fulfillment. Isn’t that what the Christian music said, or implied? And that’s what I’d been told over and over by every Youth Pastor, College Pastor, Normal Pastor, Abnormal Pastor, whatever – let God himself satisfy you.” Right?

Jesus helps her uncover the truth about the lies she believes about him and herself. He says to her, “pain is what God often uses to make you ready to grow. It’s up to you whether you cooperate with Him. You don’t learn to love unless you cooperate with Him….” He goes on. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I’ll stop here.

David Gregory’s first two books have been made into movies Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and Day with a Stranger. I’ve watched these movies and read the books at book club. These books lead to lively discussions at book club. I am a David Gregory fan. This book is just as wonderful and thought provoking as the others he's written. I’ve given you a peek into the feel of what’s inside this novel and Emma’s dilemma. This is a quick read. It’s encouraging and speaks to your soul. You won’t want to miss this powerful engaging book.



ABOUT AUTHOR: David Gregory's life has come full circle. Despite a love for writing and liberal arts in high school and college, David opted for a “more practical” business degree that launched him into a successful ten-year career in compensation management with three consulting firms and Texas Instruments. After a decade of spreadsheets, however, he was ready to look for a career offering more personal meaning.

David returned to graduate school, earning a master's degree from the University of North Texas with concentrations in communication and sociology. During that time, he began creative writing in the form of two short screenplays, one dramatic and one science fiction. He also started a periodic newsletter before joining a Christian ministry as staff writer and editor. While there, he coauthored two nonfiction books, The Marvelous Exchange and The Rest of the Gospel: When the Partial Gospel Has Worn You Out.

While earning another master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, David entertained a new craft: writing fiction. He decided that in a culture dominated by sound bites, reality TV, and the Internet, communicating through story could reach otherwise untapped audience. Taking some material on worldviews that he had planned to put into nonfiction form, he began writing Dinner with a Perfect Stranger.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale publishes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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