The Encounter: Sometimes God Has to Intervene

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Nov 8, 2011 - Religion - 176 pages
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The past often holds secrets that are too painful to be revealed, too deep to confess.

A 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.

 

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User Review  - alisa - Christianbook.com

I 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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - junnelaranas - Christianbook.com

The 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 ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
9
Chapter Three
15
Chapter Four
23
Chapter Five
33
Chapter Six
37
Chapter Seven
41
Chapter Eight
45
Chapter Fourteen
91
Chapter Fifteen
103
Chapter Sixteen
109
Chapter Seventeen
123
Chapter Eighteen
127
Chapter Nineteen
137
Chapter Twenty
139
The Truth Behind the Fiction
141

Chapter Nine
55
Chapter Ten
59
Chapter Eleven
73
Chapter Twelve
77
Chapter Thirteen
87
Solitude and Discussion Guide
161
Acknowledgment
165
About the Author
167
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Stephen Arterburn is anbsp; New York Times nbsp;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. nbsp;

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