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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; New edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576839338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576839331
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Jesus’ twelve disciples changed the world forever. Wouldn’t you like to have a similar impact on others? But how do we accomplish this as human, imperfect people? How can we mentor others in a life-changing and even world-changing way? With Carol Kent’s help, discover the power you have in Christ to influence others like Jesus did. Learn seven simple, life-changing principles Jesus used to disciple His followers-such as asking questions, extending unconditional love, and telling stories. Through practical examples, see how your struggles and triumphs can inspire others. Whether you’re an “ordinary” Christian or a trained leader, prepare to live intentionally and become a valued mentor who leaves an eternal mark. Includes Impact Questions for personal reflection or discussion.

About the Author

CAROL KENT is a popular writer, an international speaker, and president of Speak Up Speaker Services, a Christian speakers’ bureau. Her many books include Tame Your Fears, Becoming a Woman of Influence, Secret Longings of the Heart, and When I Lay My Isaac Down (all NavPress).

More About the Author

Carol Kent is a popular international public speaker best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical. Founder of Speak Up With Confidence (a communications training seminar), Speak Up Speaker Services (a speakers bureau), and Speak Up for Hope (a prison ministry), Carol is an expert on public speaking, on writing, and on encouraging people to hold on to hope when life's circumstances turn out differently from their dreams.

Carol has spoken internationally in South Africa, Germany, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada. She regularly appears on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts.

She entered the public eye with the story of her only son's imprisonment for murder, a journey she shared in the powerful book, When I Lay My Isaac Down. This painful experience has led Carol and her husband, Gene, down a long road of sacrifice and redemption.

Carol holds a master's degree in communication arts and a bachelor's degree in speech education. Her bestselling books include: A New Kind of Normal (starred review in Publishers Weekly), When I Lay My Isaac Down (winner of Christian Retailers Choice Award), Becoming a Woman of Influence, Mothers Have Angel Wings, Secret Longings of the Heart, Tame Your Fears, Speak Up With Confidence, and Detours, Tow Trucks, and Angels in Disguise (all NavPress). She has also co-written with Karen Lee-Thorp the Designed for Influence Bible Studies (six books in the series, NavPress). Carol was the co-author and general editor of the Kisses of Sunshine Series of five books (Zondervan). Her articles have been published in a wide variety of magazines and in on-line resources.

Her new book, Between a Rock and a Grace Place, will be released by Zondervan in October. This book is the ongoing story of her journey with her son and it includes riveting letters he wrote from behind the razor wire of a maximum security prison. It also addresses the felt needs of people who hurt, and instills a surprisingly new way of thinking, leaving readers irresistibly drawn to see God's astonishing "grace places" in the middle of their roadblocks.

To book Carol for speaking engagements, or for information on her itinerary, or go to www.CarolKent.org. Join Carol on Facebook, follow her on Twitter@carolkentspeaks, or read her blog on the above website.

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The book is very easy to read.
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In Mrs. Kent words,"The sole purpose of this book is to inspire and equip women to impact lives as Jesus did."
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My Bible study/prayer group is using this book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anna Wood on March 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I like Carol Kent and I like what she sets out to do with this book. She saw the need among women for godly mentors and she set out to do something about it. Not many do that. For this I applaud her for taking the time out of her life to create a resource for those of us who wish to be a godly influence in other women's lives. All isn't perfect, however. While I find this book to be valuable, it isn't as good as it could be if she had been more intent on being God-focused rather than woman-focused. Because of that, while there is much to like about this book there is also much to be wary of.

First the positive: Carol has a desire to get women active in other women's lives. She covers subjects that will be of benefit to many women. She's motivating. She's enthusiastic. She rallies the troops. She gives us reasons to want to become a woman of influence and makes us want to prepare to mentor other ladies and since that is in a nutshell the point of the book, she succeeds quite admirably.

Now for the downside: This book isn't theologically deep. Carol uses a very modern Bible translation that isn't a word-for-word translation so sometimes the Biblical message isn't as clear as it needs to be. Also she references people that aren't known for being strictly straight and true to the traditional conservative Christian message. It is very modern in it's emphasis on what women can do (and ought to do). Carol doesn't get the message across that our lives must be lived to God's glory and by His power and according to His rules and truth. For these reasons, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Bittermann on January 17, 2007
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We are doing this book for our MOPS leadership bible study and it is so great. I am learning a lot from this book. It is a very easy read and takes no time. It also includes a great devotional in the back of the book- highly recommend!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Summary
Becoming a Woman of Influence by Carol Kent is a book about intentionally influencing others through mentoring. By studying the life of Jesus as He mentored His disciples, Mrs. Kent has observed 7 life changing principles for making a lasting impact on others. She devotes a chapter to each. The seven principles she observed in Jesus' life are:

1. Spend time alone with God

2. Walk and talk with people

3. Storytelling

4. Asking people questions

5. Showing compassion

6. Practicing unconditional love

7. Cast a vision of what Jesus can do in the life of someone willing to give her potential to Him

A nine week Bible study is included in the back of the book that can be used for a personal or group Bible study.

My Opinion
I loved this book. It was spiritually refreshing and a pleasure to read. In Mrs. Kent words,"The sole purpose of this book is to inspire and equip women to impact lives as Jesus did." I was inspired, challenged, blessed and encouraged. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives others. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunny on February 18, 2011
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Becoming a Woman of Influence is about building relationships where you can say as Paul did, "Follow me as I follow Jesus" (1 Cor 11:1). This is not a "how to be a mentor" book, rather it presents 7 principles, drawn from Jesus' life, for developing life changing relationships.

I really believe that Kent held these principles close to her heart as she wrote Becoming A Woman of Influence not only just as the information in the book, but also as the content and tone of the book. So many books written for Christian women come across as guilt inducing and brow-beating. Becoming a Woman of Influence was a breath of fresh air. I could easily imagine sitting down at the kitchen table with Kent and, over a cup of tea, listening to her say "Let me tell you how intentional relationships have blessed me."

The only complaint I have about this book (and it is a minor one) is that many of the scripture references are quoted from The Message Bible. This is more a matter of personal preference. I am more familiar with the tone of the NIV or NKJV translations. On occasion, the more casual tone of The Message did not immediately signal to me "this is a Bible verse." On the good side, when I am reading, I have the bad habit of skipping quoted Bible verses. The unusual translation of the Bible used in Becoming A Woman of Influence meant that I rarely skipped reading the Bible quotes.

The best Christian books are the ones that act as signposts, faithfully pointing to God. The best Christian books are the ones that, when finished, send you to the Holy Bible, the Word of God to get more of "that", to experience more God. Becoming a Woman of Influence is that kind of book.
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