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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Great storytelling from Steve Arterburn! Read The Encounter and learn things about yourself that you never knew were there.Andy Andrews, New York Times best-selling author, The Travelers Gift and The NoticerThe past can be a dark and haunting place - full of secrets and mysteries too deep, too painful to confess.
For Jonathan Rush, a wealthy and famous entrepreneur, this is an agonizing and startling reality one he never knew existed in his life until now. On a mission to Fairbanks, Alaska, to uncover the truth behind his mothers abandonment when he was only four years old, Jonathan comes face-to-face with his unresolved bitterness as well as a mysterious woman named Mercy who holds the key to unlocking the secrets of his past. Somehow he must convince Mercy to confide in him, learn how to forgive his mother, and even more painful learn how to forgive himself.
The Encounter, from best-selling author, counselor, and speaker Stephen Arterburn, artfully reveals the power of your story, the fierce need for acceptance, and the true hope of healing. Discover in its pages the radical joys of forgiveness both toward others as well as from the ultimate healer and forgiver: Jesus Christ.
Through the truth and hope revealed in this gripping parable, learn to step out from the darkness of a painful past and into the healing light of a forgiven future.
Stephen Arterburn is a New York Times bestselling author with more than eight million books in print. He most recently toured with Women of Faith, which he founded in 1995. Arterburn founded New Life Treatment Centers as a company providing Christian counseling and treatment in secular psychiatric hospitals. He also began "New Life Ministries", producing the number-one Christian counseling radio talk show, New Life Live, with an audience of more than three million. He and his wife Misty live near Indianapolis.
Archie IsibPhAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5I enjoy it!September 26, 2012Archie IsibPhAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The encounter-- by Stephen Arterburn. I had a chance to review this book through Booksneeze program for my honest and fair review, all opinions are my own. I request this book after knowing this book was by Stephen Arterburn and thats never disappoints me. This book was a ultimate book for mothers, for orphan children. Mercy's love for her son was exceptional, an complete illustration of unconditional love that she will do everything for the sake of her son even it will made unrecognized by her son-- and that makes this book especial! At first Mr. Rush have had to find her mother just to find himself, might answer the questions, why his a bitter person etc... with Erica, a reporter with kind hearted and hes hear release forgiveness.I would recommended this book for bitter people, for mothers out there who had same situation with Mercy. I love how Mr. Rush release his forgiveness toward her mother. I can guarantee you won't put this down until the next sequel.
You have to read this now! To everything there is a season, and time every purpose under the heaven.
alisaUtahAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Overall, exceeded expectationsMay 8, 2012alisaUtahAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I was pleasantly surprised in reading The Encounter. I found it touching that Jonathan, the main character, is able to eventually understand and forgive his mother for having left him behind when he was four years old. I especially liked the ending of this book in that the author mentioned he wrote this book based on two true experiences that he had had in his own life. I always appreciate books that are based on a true story and not just complete fiction.
As far as the storyline goes, I had somewhat of a hard time believing that Ada (mother) would have stayed in the exact same town as when she had been pregnant. I also found it interesting that once Jonathan tracked down "Mercy" who was Ada in disguise, that she was able to hide herself so completely.
I appreciated the author's ability to help the reader identify both with Ada's sadness and regret, as wells as Jonathan's anger and misunderstanding. It made me think of my own life and how we never know why people walk the roads they do. Nor should we judge anyone for making any decision that he/she feels best at that time of life.
Overall, I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. Short read.
junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good readsMay 3, 2012junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The encounter is a book that will help you look into your life to make better choices that will allow you to heal. If there is something in your life that you feel you need to work on, this could be the book to help you do it. Even if you were living in the worst possible abusive situation or the most neglectful and disconnected relationship, you may have built a wall that keeps you stuck in a dark place where you don't have to stay. Once you take responsibility, you will find new hope and insight as you get your life unstuck and move past your wall.
I've read a boat-load of Christian books, but consistent emotional health seems to continue slipping from my desperate grasp. I highly recommend this book and if you are like me have a pen, paper and marker handy as you will be using them and I know there's a lesson there for me and everyone who reads this wonderful book. The book starts out great, listing for us the personal and interpersonal traits of unsafe people, such as being defensive instead of open to feedback, only apologizing instead of changing their behavior, demanding trust instead of earning it, resisting freedom instead of encouraging it, staying in parent/child roles instead of relating as equals, being a negative rather than a positive influence on us, and being unstable over time instead of being consistent.
mamatishAustin, TexasAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Forgiveness HealsFebruary 23, 2012mamatishAustin, TexasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3In "The Encounter" by Stephen Arterburn, the main character, Jonathan Rush, travels to Alaska in search of information on his mother who abandoned him when he was young. The story takes our reluctant explorer on a trip with many unexpected turns and twists while he also takes a journey in his heart.
I like to read books that keep my interest and that also inspire me. I found this book to be quite entertaining. I could also relate to the main character in many ways. It's the kind of book that I really enjoy. Jonathan Rush wants to find out about his past but is afraid and a little apprehensive. He knows that what he finds out will most likely change his life but he's not really sure he wants to change.
I liked this book although it was almost too easy. I didn't feel the depth of emotions that help me to become more personally invested. The idea of forgiveness that is carried throughout the book does appeal to me and I would love to experience that in all my relationships. Overall, I found "The Encounter" to be a book that I am glad that I read and pass along to others.
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KristynBirmingham, AlabamaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A quick read, story just about everyone will loveFebruary 3, 2012KristynBirmingham, AlabamaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 5The Encounter
A journey a powerful CEO takes to the opposite side of the country, to reconnect him with the things that have hurt him in the past. Jonathan believes that this effort is a futile journey, but his heart is changed in the days that follow. A journey to see the past, to reconcile with a long lost parent, and find something greater than he ever dreamed of.
I really enjoyed this book. A quick read, a story just about everyone can connect with, and a testament to the journey of faith and the story that makes up the lives of many people that live in our generation. Its one of those books that doesn't require a whole lot of thinking to follow the story, the chapters are short enough that you can finish one in a couple of minutes, or a good portion of the book before bed. The questions and the stories in the back are super intriguing, and a good part of the book that I really enjoyed, even when the story was finished. I had been looking for a book that was an easy read because of life lately, and this one fit the bill. Enough action to keep me turning the page, and not something that I could predict every part of the story as the previous part started like some books I have read lately. I definately enjoyed this book and would suggest it to someone looking for a quick read and something that won't overtax your mind.