Sunday, October 2, 2016

Open By David Gregory

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 Stranger, Open 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.
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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.

David's current study focuses on the postmodern worldview and how it intersects with the Christian conception of God, meaning in life, and the process of knowing (epistemology). He is currently writing his second novel.

David lives in Texas with his wife and two children, where he works for a nonprofit organization.
 This book should be a movie!
This was such a great book and very inspiring. I would love to walk with Jesus and learn everything face to face instead of reading the stories in the Bible.
This is a book everyone should read. One that you will not forget. One that you will read over and over again. Gregory is a very talented writer. The story was developed well and I just don't have the words. You need to read this book. Who knows it just might speak to you. It sure did to me.
I gave this book 4.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review


  1. After reading your review I must read it.

  2. His book Dinner With a Perfect Stranger was amazing. I can't wait to read this one.

  3. I am going to the library tomorrow to have them order this for me.

  4. I really enjoyed his other books and look forward to reading this new one.

  5. I love books like this one. I read the book Dinner With a Perfect Stranger and watched the movie. They both were very good.

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  7. I would love the chance to walk and talk with Jesus. I will read this book and think of the day I will get to walk with Jesus in Glory.

  8. I am sure this is going to be a very good book. You have never steered me wrong yet. Great review.

  9. This is a book that I must read! I love reading books about Jesus, my Savior! Thanks Mary for this review!

  10. Sounds like a good read !!!! Blessings ,DanaGirl <3