Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Summary Day with a Perfect Stranger:
What if a fascinating stranger knew you better than you know yourself?
When her husband comes home with a farfetched story about eating dinner with someone he believes to be Jesus, Mattie Cominsky thinks this may signal the end of her shaky marriage. Convinced that Nick is, at best, turning into a religious nut, the self-described agnostic hopes that a quick business trip will give her time to think things through.
On board the plane, Mattie strikes up a conversation with a fellow passenger. When she discovers their shared scorn for religion, she confides her frustration over her husband’s recent conversion. The stranger suggests that perhaps her husband isn’t seeking religion but true spiritual connection, an idea that prompts her to reflect on her own search for fulfillment.
As their conversation turns to issues of spiritual longing and deeper questions about the nature of God, Mattie finds herself increasingly drawn to this insightful stranger.
But when the discussion unexpectedly turns personal, touching on things she’s never told anyone, Mattie is startled and disturbed.
Who is this man who seems to peer straight into her soul?
My Review: Nick (from Dinner With a Perfect Stranger) has gotten saved and become a Jesus freak. His wife, Mattie, is only too glad to escape to a spa in Arizona since a client who needs her to visit to get the spa experience in order to pull together a perfect brochure. Looking forward to escaping Nick and his new passion, and to re energize while deciding on the marriage decision she feels she must make, Mattie just wants to be left alone. But the airplane is packed and she is sandwiched between two men. And without anything good to read.
Mattie meets a stranger who asks some tough questions and shares some truth about a God who is very much involved in relationships. Simple and quick read that packs a powerful message.