Jonathan Rush’s life was in a downward spiral. Even though he was a successful man, something was destroying him from the inside out. What or who could save him? The Encounter by Stephen Arterburn is a gripping story with an incredible lesson to be learned. Written as a fiction book, it is meant to have a deeper meaning - to help the reader think about what unresolved issues in one’s life that could be affecting relationships and keeping one from living the abundant life that God has planned for each one of us.
Using fiction is a great way to capture an audience and effectively get a point across. While some will not pick up a “self-help” book, many will be interested in reading a well written fiction story. After getting the reader’s attention with the story, the author includes a guide for private consideration as well as group discussion and brings the lessons that Jonathan learned down to a personal level for the reader. Arterburn effectively shares his passion for helping people and using his life’s experiences to show others the way. I enjoyed reading this book. It was very easy reading , but it definitely kept my attention to the end.
(The book was given to me by booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.)