Monday, July 27, 2015

Dead Dog Like Me by Max Davis - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dead Dog Like Me
Worthy Publishing (June 23, 2015)
Max Davis


Max Davis is the author of over twenty books, 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. In addition to his own works, he’s done a variety of ghostwriting and collaboration projects. Max and Alanna have three grown children and a grand baby.


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 Thoughts:
God’s specialty is breathing life into dead situations.” (p. 173)

I am SO THANKFUL that Phillip Gregory had a friend like Kenny Squires!  I know, these are fictional characters, but when I completed dead dog like me, I was totally invested in the lives of these characters!  A megachurch pastor’s fall from grace….well, it happens.  That’s reality.  And Phillip Gregory’s fall was pretty spectacular.  This fictional character mirrors many well-known mega-church pastors – multiple books published and church members and news media that trek them with the accuracy of a bloodhound on the scent of a fresh kill.  There is no grace and mercy for being human in this realm.  None.

So what choices present themselves?  Supernatural experiences that take place when the veil between this world and the next becomes thin…..and daily spiritual battles are displayed in a way that every believer will recognize and relate to!  I love the way the author develops each character and realistically walks alongside all of their many choices.  There is loss, betrayal, tragedy…and time and time again, each character has a very difficult choice to make – to follow God, or to follow their emotions. 

Everything get particularly brutal for Phillip’s wife, Abbi.  My heart broke for her time and time again.  She was the character I related to most closely, and her journey to find healing and wholeness is not an easy one.  Phillip’s experiences are rather remarkable, and the way both characters submit to the process of transformation is realistic and very moving!

I began this book with no expectations, and what I discovered was  a story that will leave its mark upon my life for always!  Max Davis is a new author to me, and I’ve elected myself to the Number One position in his fan club!  DON’T MISS THIS BOOK!! It is remarkable in every way!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dead Dog Like Me, go HERE.

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