The Encounter

The Encounter
Sometimes God Has to Intervene

By Stephen Arterburn
Published by Thomas Nelson

Though the story related in The Encounter is fictional, Arterburn explains that he developed the story through a compilation two true stories. The book is basically divided into two parts, the first being the fictional story itself of The Encounter.  The second part is the brief retelling for the two true stories, followed by a few “questions and concepts” Arterburn has included to help the reader in dealing with their own similar personal issues.

The storyline is centered around the life a man named Jonathan Rush. Rush is returning to his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska in search of answers to questions that have been tormenting him for years. Adopted at the age of nine by loving parents, who have recently passed away, Rush is seeking information about his birth mother, who abandoned him at the age of four, when he went to live in a local children’s home. The Encounter is Rush’s, as well as his birth mother’s, story of forgiveness, grace, redemption, and healing.

Recommend? Absolutely!

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One Comment

  • Administrator

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I’ll look for it. We adopted 4 1/2 years ago. I know that our little girl really struggles with hurt and anger towards her birth mother for abandoning her. Some days she loves me fiercely and other times she takes out that hurt on me. Thankfully not as often these days…though tonight was one of those moments.

    I’ve been writing a book about our nearly decade long journey to adopting our daughter. The book will hopefully hit the market early next year. It is as much about the journey of faith and trusting on God as it is about the adoption process and bringing home an older adopted child. Hopefully next month the publisher will give me the go ahead to post a sneak preview on my blog.

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