The Encounter Sometimes God Has to Intervene
By Steve Arterburn
Published by Thomas Nelson
Book DescriptionA wealthy businessman travels to Fairbanks, Alaska, to learn why his mother abandoned him when he was a child, and in the process learns that not everything is as it appears to be.
The Encounter, the unique new book from best-selling author and counselor Stephen Arterburn, is a moving parable involving Jonathan Rush, a wealthy and famous entrepreneur, who is tortured by bitterness toward his mother who abandoned him when he was four. He travels to Alaska to find her but instead meets an enigmatic old woman known only as Mercy. Mercy has the information he needs but is strangely reluctant to talk to him. Somehow Jonathan must find a way to persuade a frightened woman to unlock the secrets of his past.
The book includes an invitation to the readers to verify the facts of their own stories, to accept the reality of their existence, especially the most painful ones, and to live in forgiveness. The end result is a healthy new way to look at life with an ability to share hope with others for the future. Healing is possible but requires truth, acceptance, and forgiveness, including of oneself.
This was the first time I have read a fiction book by Steve Arterburn. I have read several of his non-fiction books that his ministry puts out. This is a little book, not even 200 pages.This book is basically a self-help book with a different format by using it as a fictional story. The book was okay. Does provides some helpful information at the end of the book. This book is not for everyone. If you have forgiveness issues of being abandoned as a child it might be useful for you. Some people might not agree with the authors theology of dealing with life's issues.
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