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Unexpected: Five Inspirational Short Stories of Encouragement

Unexpected: Five Inspirational Short Stories of Encouragement

by Jozua van Otterloo


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Improve the way you live and interact with others around you as you are inspired by this book using the ancient art of storytelling. Through intriguing parables, real-life examples and poetry, Jozua van Otterloo presents and inspires how to become the best encourager you can be.

"Unexpected. Encouragement is like a river flowing under a bridge, like those you would see in most cities around the world." - J. van Otterloo in the story "Food for Thought".

Encouragement can take different forms and show itself in the exchange between different people. One thing characterizes encouragement. It is the force that exists in the exchange between people, where one comes alongside the other and for a period of time shares their journey, to help, support and strengthen the other.

Unexpected: Five Inspirational Short Stories of Encouragement is a collection of modern-day parables, stories that help us see things differently, and reflections and poems. Each shows different ways encouragement flows and impacts others. Each of these is written with the aim to spur us on, to encourage us to become people of encouragement ourselves.

Be inspired. Be encouraged. Become an encourager, yourself, and leave a legacy of encouragement.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648420316
Publisher: Cardinia Ranges Publishing House
Publication date: 07/01/2020
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Jozua van Otterloo is a scientist, Christian thinker and pastor. He is passionate about uncovering treasures in nature, but also helping people uncover treasures in their own lives. He loves to see the next generation fulfill its true potential.

He was born in the Netherlands and moved to Australia to pursue his passion in Geology, specifically Volcanology. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and son.

He has worked as a researcher and lecturer in Geosciences at Monash University, Federation University and Curtin University. He has also been one of the children's pastors at CityLife Church, Melbourne. Currently, he is on the pastoral team at Bayside Church, Melbourne, where he oversees the young adults ministry.

Jozua holds a Bachelor of Science (major: Geology) and Master of Science in Geosciences of Basins and the Lithosphere degree from the Vrije
Universiteit, Amsterdam, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Theology at Harvest Bible College, Melbourne (now part of Alphacrucis College). He has published a significant number of articles in specialist journals, especially scientific, but also ministry ones. He regularly posts about his interests in both science and Christian thought on his blog.

Table of Contents

Preface - ix
Introduction - 1
Food for Thought - 7
Lifting Weight - 21
Hidden Treasure - 37
Rust, Screws & Muscle - 55
Whispers in the Wind - 67
Final Thoughts - 85
Appendix I - How to Be a Good Mentor - 89
Appendix II - Encouraging Acts - 91
Notes - 93
About the Author - 97

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