The Encounter by Stephen Arterburn
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 8, 2011)
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.
I absolutely LOVED this book!! It was a short read at only 176 pages. but it’s packed full of moments that kept me glued to the pages and in just a few hours I was at the last page.
I love books about relationships between family members. And when those relationships are shattered, I love reading about the journey the characters take to make sure there’s a healing. The relationship between Jonathan and his mother though, was very different than any other I’ve read.
I love that Jonathon did what his pastor asked him to do even though it was the last thing he would ever want to do. I loved that he opened up to Erica and that his heart began to thaw. I loved that he never gave up trying to tell Ada who he really was. The journey to get there was very interesting. I loved that the book was based in Alaska, it added such a different scenario and made the book even better, I think, than if it had been written anywhere else. It was neat how everything seemed to be falling apart, and then suddenly, came back together.
I think everyone who loves books about relationships will enjoy this book!