Monday, June 29, 2015

Dead Dog Like Me by Max Davis

Nick Gregory regains consciousness after a horrific car accident to find he’s been transported back in time and that he has become Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son and King Saul’s grandson. Aware that he’s experiencing another man’s life, he has to learn fast. When mega-church pastor, Nick Gregory, regains consciousness after a horrific car accident, he’s on the ground in agonizing pain. Nick realizes he is in a bizarre place – a foreign, parched, ancient land, having been transported back in time to 800 B.C. Unbelievably, he is in the body of a prince named Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan and King Saul’s grandson. Nick is fully aware of who he is and that he’s now living in Mephibosheth’s body, strangely able to speak and understand Hebrew. This experience helps him see that he, like Mephibosheth, is a broken man desperate for God’s outrageous grace and healing (2 Samuel 9:8). Returning to present day, Nick’s experience motivates a changed life.

My review:
  I have never read anything by this author before, but the description intrigued me; especially the part about the main character going back in time and turning into a biblical character. The description of the book is a little misleading as it makes it sound like he is Mephibosheth for a lot of the book, and it is only a brief couple of times. However, the book was still an interesting read.

 The story is ultimately about the fall of a celebrity pastor who has it all, but then a tragedy in his family leads to it all unraveling and his losing everything. Even though the book is fiction, it was somewhat painful to read how quickly and easily something like that could happen.

  I liked the plot and characters, although the main character wasn't too likable for a lot of the book. And it is more than a story. It is a warning for all of us that we need to have a true relationship with God, and that it is all about Him, not us. We don't have to be in ministry to get full of ourselves and think it is us accomplishing good things, when we are just vessels for God to use.

  This was not suspense, my favorite genre', but I still read it through in one sitting. It was very well-written and I wanted to get to the end to find out how the book ends. It is sort of similar to the story of Job in the Bible, only God found no fault in Job. A great read.

About the author:

Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly, and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.

Dead Dog Like Me is available from Worthy Publishing.

Thanks to Worthy for the review copy.