Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Encounter by Stephen Arterburn
This story was written to be a parable, to illustrate a religious lesson. It is the story of Jonathan Rush, a wealthy CEO who has anger and resentment issues because he was abandoned by his mother when he was 4 years old. At the urging of his pastor, after 3 failed marriages and a suicide attempt, he has gone to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he lived as a child to try to find out something about his mother and put his anger and resentment issues to rest. He meets a good looking woman reporter who helps him to search for his mother and learns that he must forgive her in order to find her.
I found the story to be a bit too predictable and the characters to be too simplistic, but it was still a very good and well written story.
I really liked the author's notes at the end of the book about the truth behind the fiction, the real stories that this one is based on.
It shows a beautiful picture of the Lord's love and forgiveness towards us and how we should love and forgive others.
I received this book to review from booksneeze.