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. Read more...
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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Gregory (Dinner with a Perfect Stranger) continues engaging readers with his masterful storytelling in this instructive book of creative nonfiction. Gregory opens with the internal conversation of fictional character Emma Jameson, whose heart has been bruised after a breakup with her longtime boyfriend. Then, a note appears challenging Emma to go through the nearest open door, which she immediately does. Enter the world of Jesus, where Emma is an unseen (except to Jesus) guest and therefore allowed to watch, learn, and listen to many of the stories told about Christ throughout the Bible. With expertise and flawless transitions, Gregory guides readers to the healing embrace of God’s love for all who are brokenhearted, lost, and despairingly hopeless. Readers of faith will find themselves captivated (and perhaps a little surprised) at how Gregory weaves biblical stories and lessons into the heart and mind of a present-day character. Those looking for a creative way to engage with the tenets of Christianity established at it’s very roots will find a wealth of knowledge here. (Oct.)