Friday, July 10, 2015

Dead Dog Like Me by Max Davis

About the Book:

Megachurch pastor Nick Gregory's life is falling apart. His wife is filing for divorce. His congregation is questioning his leadership. His faith is nearly nonexistent. It goes down hill from there. When he regains consciousness after a horrific car crash, Nick realizes he is no longer in his hometown or even in the twenty-first century.

Transported back in time to 800 B.C. and into the body of King Saul s grandson Mephibosheth, Nick must quickly adapt to a completely different way of living. Can the experience of living as a another broken man, desperate for God s healing, bring healing to Nick himself if he can ever get back home?

A novel of adventure, redemption, and outrageous grace, Dead Dog Like Me takes you back in time to know more deeply a God who never changes, a God who lavishes you with His love.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, I didn't know what to expect with "Dead Dog Like Me".  Even the title sounded vague and esoteric.  But a dear friend couldn't stop raving about Max Davis' new novel, so I decided to take a peek.

Last night, around 8 PM, I cracked the cover of "Dead Dog Like Me".  Around 1 AM I finished my game of "just one more chapter", and if I'd been wearing makeup, it would have been demolished.  I am SO in love with this book!

Anyone that really knows me knows my passion for books.  I can have 50 titles on my To Be Read shelf, and I'll still want to make a trip to the bookstore to see what's new and what I don't have. So, yeah...I read a lot.

It takes a special, over-the-top powerful story to get me to say this: EVERYBODY NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK!  So a little excited there.  But seriously, if I had the money, I'd purchase a copy for at least every single pastor in the United States, every missionary, every person in ministry, and every person who loves someone in ministry.

Which means everybody.

Pastor Nick Gregory has a genuine passion for God and for His work.  But, like most of us, when the ministry efforts became productive and the people kept coming, it went from His work to his work.  Unfortunately, that tends to lead to family needs taking a back seat on the bus called ministry.

When everything in Nick's life falls apart, God steps in to put the pieces back together His way.  The story is painful, very real, and left me in tears pretty much every other page.  In fact, I was about 2/3 done and I had to go out and hug my husband and tell him how much I loved him and his heart for God.

Being married to a pastor, I get it.

The snarky, judgey, critical nose in the air of the church body is evident in "Dead Dog Like Me", and it brought me to tears.  I recognized myself in those characters.  As the "gotta find a chink in the armor of God" media army descended, I recognized myself in that swarm.

And as Abbi Gregory reached her breaking point....I saw myself in her as well.

If anything, you've got to read this book for Deuce alone!  He was my favorite character of all!  My thanks to my friends at Wynn-Wynn Media for my complimentary copy of "Dead Dog Like Me" in exchange for an honest review.

Please, don't miss out on "Dead Dog Like Me".  Highly, highly recommended.  In fact, "Dead Dog Like Me" is on my Top Ten Reads of 2015!

Happy Reading!



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