“The Encounter” by Stephen Arterburn is a book about a wealthy businessman who is filled with rage because of his childhood memories. His anger is affecting his life in an extremely negative way. So, with his pastor’s encouragement he sets out on a trip to Alaska in search of clues about his mother, who abandoned him when he was four years old. His goal is to find out why she abandoned him so he can try to understand the reason and ultimately forgive her.
This book was very short and easy to read (I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a few hours), although it’s very predictable. I must say that it was a “cute” book, (and it did make me cry a little bit), but I personally didn’t find it to be the type of book that made me dig down deep inside myself to reveal any great revelations.
In summary, “The Encounter” is a cute fiction book – although it is based on two true stories – that shows us the need for forgiveness. To forgive not only helps the person we are forgiving, but in the end, it helps us to feel better and to let go of bitterness, anger, and rage. This was all shown to us through the characters in the story.
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