The Encounter by Steve Arteburn is the story of Jonathan Rush, a wealthy Florida businessman. After several angry outbursts in the boardroom, Jonathan has been
advised to seek the source of his pain, a mother who abandoned him at age 4.
Jonathan flies to Alaska to search for his mother and try to come to terms with his past. If he can understand why his mother abandoned him, will he be able to forgive her and
start the healing process?
Arteburn’s book is not so much fiction as a parable to help readers understand how we can be healed from the pain of our past by understanding and forgiving past hurts. Jonathan had to search within himself to find the source of his anger, something that many readers can relate to.
The book includes the true stories upon which the fictional account draws, as well as thought-provoking questions for study and reflection for both individuals and groups.
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