Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Review: Mentoring for all Seasons--Sharing Life Experiences and God's Faithfulness

Whether you’re interested in sharing what you’ve learned in life or need encouragement to get through life--this book is for you. There is no more blessed experience than mentoring. I and my two mentees, Kim and Janine, were privileged to have our story included in the Prologue of this book. We began meeting almost 20 years ago and continue to meet weekly to discuss Christian books. Our mentoring has turned into ministry, and we speak at about 20 events a year as Friends of the Heart, which is what we are—and what you’ll become through a mentoring experience.

Author Janet Thompson covers every phase of the mentoring experience in this book—from the newlywed season to the aging and dying season. The Appendix alone is invaluable with topics such as Mentor-Seeking Checklist and Some Mentor Do’s and Don’ts along with resources for specific seasons and life experiences.

Thompson stresses that our first mentoring relationship is with our children: “If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.” In a day of lagging church attendance, she suggests that if young adult women were more faithfully mentored in the church, they might be more inclined to stay: “These young adults need a caring, praying mentor to help them stay faithful to their Christian beliefs and lifestyles.”

After opening with Thompson’s personal story of how she was led to become a mentor, Mentoring for All Seasons is broken into two parts: Section One: Christian Mentoring 101 with information about why mentors are needed to bridge generation gaps; Section Two: Life Seasons of Mentors and Mentees (M&M’s). Stories from both mentors and mentees break up chapters. Thompson also includes scripture for stage-related challenges. End-of-chapter questions give more food for thought.

This would be a great gift book for anyone involved with women’s ministries. Or why not give it to someone with whom you might want to start a mentoring relationship? I was amazed by the sheer quantity of information Thompson shared. I doubt you’ll find any other book on mentoring that offers this depth and detail. It’s a five-star read!

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