Encountering Jesus by James Stuart Bell is a compilation of stories from people who tell of their Jesus experiences. The stories are uplifting and could even be used as a devotional. Not all of them are fun and lighthearted, but all of them are reminders that Jesus is present in every situation and willing to love his children through whatever they might endure. Encountering Jesus is a reminder that Jesus is real, is present and not just a philosophical crutch.
The story that I found the most touching was called Secure in His Embrace and it’s told by a mother who loses her son to suicide. The heartbreaking pain she endures while reaching for the comfort of Jesus is so touching.
It’s well done and would make a great gift as well.
I received this book from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.