When someone write a non fiction, they give us a part of them and allow us to' be with them' for that time. George might guess but never know that a reader has a great time as he reads his book, discovered his story, shared his emotions and learned from his knowledge. .
Facts are one thing but when I read a book and experience an emotional reaction to the things I have read I know that my reaction was my own. They were not the exact same emotions experienced by the person that was writing the book. I can empathise with someones suffering or joy but cannot experience or share those feelings in the way that they did.
Likewise, works of fiction, such as a book or film, can bring about feelings or emotions in me but does that help me share the fictitious characters feelings? I think not! What it can do is teach me about myself and my reactions. It can perhaps teach me about empathy and compassion for others. I am a flawed human being, like everyone else, and we are all on our own similar but different path.
With meditation, someone can tell me, or write about, the factual approach that has been useful to them (and perhaps others) but sadly they cannot give me the experiences that they have had themselves. One cannot describe, or give knowledge of, the ineffable.
A teacher may inspire me, and perhaps act as an example, but he cannot give me his knowledge or understanding. That is down to the hard work and aspiration of me the student.
"Seek and you shall find, ask and it shall be given unto you." I believe that this is true of meditation!