***Disclaimer: I received this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any thoughts and opinions are my own.***
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.
Dead Dog Like Me is one of those books that you read and you automatically start counting your blessings. Meeting Nick in the beginning of the story was quite an adventure. An aggravating adventure at that. I could feel his frustration and anger, especially right before the car accident. I was reading and saying "Give this guy a break!" But it's that just the way life really is? Sometimes you feel like you're drowning and just when you think you're going to be able to keep your head above the water it starts raining again?
I could easily relate to Nick. Even though I've never been a Mega-Church pastor, I can understand those feelings of hopelessness, helplessness. and everything in between. I can also understand that feeling of wonder if God can even hear me. Especially when I'm broken-hearted and feeling like the deck is stacked against me. There were parts of this book where I just had to put it down and go have me a good cry and thank God that I'm not in that same place that Nick was anymore.
I loved how Max Davis took a small story about Mephibosheth and used to it to teach Nick a lesson about the kind of man he really is and what is most important in life. I do wish maybe there had been a few more scenes with him as Mephibosheth but the ones that are in the book are very well written. The characters in this book, especially Nick and his relationship with his little dog Duece.
This is a great story about redemption and a reminder that your plans will never trump God's plans. He is always in control and when you're hurting is when he wants you to come to him the most. Great book with a great message!