Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Encounter by Stephen Arterburn

This is a very powerful story of how anger can build up and destroy us and how forgiveness can set us free. Jonathon Rush barely remembers his mother, who left him when he was 4. He was put in a home for children, and then adopted by a family in Florida when he was 9. Now he is in his 30’s, running a successful company, but he is filled with a bitterness that is completely eating him alive. After having tried to commit suicide and failing, Tim Moser, Rush’s counselor, encourages Rush to return to Alaska to find some answers. Rush runs into a reporter who won’t stop asking questions, and agrees to help him find his answers. Then, together they find, Mercy, a woman who lives near where Rush’s mother used to live. Will Rush be able to find the answers he is looking for? Will they offer him the peace he needs? Will he be able to forgive and find his own forgiveness?
This book is based off of two true accounts of people. Stephen Arterburn did an amazing job of weaving these stories together into one cohesive story. It was a fast read and I really enjoyed the story.
I received this book free from Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the purpose of this review.

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