Encounters: Moments of Destiny in the Bible

Ruth Ewertowski; Translated by Cynthia Hindes


Quick Look

  • Explores over 35 key meetings from the Bible including Joseph's confrontations with his brothers and Moses' encounter with God in the burning bush
  • The short chapters are ideal for use as daily readings
  • Offers a fascinating sweep of the Bible narrative from both the Old and New Testaments

Brief chapters, ideal for daily readings, consider significant Biblical meetings, including the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary. Ewertowski, editor of a Christian journal in Germany, brings insight into this panoramic sweep of the Bible.

Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality; Religion & Spirituality
216 pages
Publication date:
17 Aug 2023


Events in the Bible rarely follow an orderly course. For many of the figures whose stories it tells, their fortunes often turn, for good or bad, on important encounters with other people and with divine beings. In these moments of destiny, individuals discover something new and remarkable that changes the course of their lives.

In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Ewertowski explores over 35 meetings described in the Old and New Testaments. These include Joseph's confrontation with his brothers, Moses' encounter with God in the burning bush, the story of Rahab and the Israelite spies, the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, and the profound encounters of ordinary people with Christ Jesus. Time and again Ewertowski shows how the weaknesses, setbacks and failures of the Bible's all-too-human protagonists are brought into harmony with a divine plan.

The short, self-contained chapters are perfect as daily readings, but together they provide a panoramic sweep of the Bible narrative from its beginnings through to the ministry of Christ, the apostles' encounter with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and St Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus.


Ruth Ewertowski was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied German, philosophy and English and holds a doctorate on Friedrich Nietzsche. She has been the editor of Die Christengemeinschaft, the journal of The Christian Community in Germany, since 2012.

Cynthia Hindes is a retired priest of The Christian Community who lives in Pennsylvania, USA.

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