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The Impossible Mentor: Finding Courage To Follow Jesus Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Ray Hollenbach, a Chicagoan, writes about faith and culture. He lives in central Kentucky, which is filled with faith and culture. After 15 years as in a pastoral role at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Campbellsville, Kentucky, he now travels and speaks on issues of personal spiritual growth and discipleship. He blogs at StudentsofJesus.com.

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  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Valley Publishing (September 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096CTWZM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Baker on September 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is not often one gets to read a book by an author that the reader has known personally for over 35 years. I have known Ray Hollenbach since 1974. I was challenged while reading this book that I should get the same feeling about reading the Bible because I know that author also, Jesus.

I can tell you that many of the questions and challenges he brings out in The Impossible Mentor, are challenges he presented to me years ago, so he is definitely writing out of his own experience and revelation from the Lord concerning this topic.

When I was a freshman in college, coming from a Southern Baptist background, the author presented to me the idea that it is one thing to say the sinner's pray and be assured of entrance into Heaven, but it is a life long journey to have the Kingdom of Heaven worked into me.

Even those who have professed themselves as Christian for many years, and have read this book, will find themselves with renewed inspiration for walking the path of spiritual formation. Scriptures we have read for years and have placed on the shelf as unattainable will come to life in light of the author's foundation and premise.

Thanks Ray for the book. I sense a sequel coming.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Peifer on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a book with a purpose. I imagine that many Christian books are written by people who have their eyes on many things; their eye is on the market and what they can say without offending anyone and harming sales. Sometimes you long to have coffee with an author and hear the story he hints at. That won't happen with this book.

Hollenbach swings for the fences in this gutsy book. I promise you this; you won't wonder what he really thinks. He actually believes scripture is true and that we can believe what Jesus said about discipleship. It is a well written and compelling read, but it isn't an easy read. He challenges the reader that what we've made peace with isn't right. He offers a different way to think about what is possible. I walked away from the book marveling at the audacious intententionality of the author.

Every once in a great while, you read something and think: if the church would get a hold of this, it could change everything. That is The Impossible Mentor, and I encourage everyone to purchase this book and drink deeply of its wisdom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grant E. Dawson on September 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me from a friend who shares my affinity for authors like C.S. Lewis, Philip Yancey, and Dallas Willard, and I'm so glad that he did. I would recommend this book to anyone who cares about discipleship, but would place a warning that you will be challenged in the process of reading it.

I am currently engaged with other leaders of our church in figuring out better means of discipling and equipping the people around us. This book couldn't have come at a better time. Instead of exploring well-meaning, man-made methods and programs on discipleship, the author poses the audacious idea of looking directly at Jesus as the means of discipleship. Thankfully, there was much elaboration on what that really looks like and what it doesn't. I plan to use this book to pose the same audacious idea to the other leaders in the church.

Highlights of the book for me were: the humanity of Jesus, the gospel of the kingdom, our need for His presence, and the role of grace in discipleship. My only complaint of the book was that I felt that it sometimes wandered (and I tend to process ideas in a linear manner). In the end, however, I realized that the theme and target of "Jesus as the means of discipleship" had stayed the same all the way through the book. Overall, the depth of insight and the practical implementation of such a deep topic made it all worthwhile. My next steps are to buy multiple copies to share with others and then to start reading it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zach Weihrauch on September 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a local church pastor, I get and read a lot of books. I very rarely find any one book that I feel exhausts the topic at hand or says everything in the perfect (meaning the way I think it is theologically) way. I have learned as a reader to stop looking for perfection in books (that aren't the Bible) and to start looking for books that ask great questions because it is those books that the Spirit has used in my life to grow and challenge me. The measure of a great book then is that the question and the internal wrestling continue long after I have read the last word on the last page.

That is exactly what you will find in Ray Hollenbach's "The Impossible Mentor." It is not a perfect book (at least as I define perfection) and I don't agree with all of the theological points or the implications of those points as the author fleshes them out. But what Hollenbach does do is force us to ask two very important and challenging questions, "Is it really possible to be like Jesus in this life?" and "If so, what does that mean for us?"

Those questions, which I have been asking and wrestling with since reading The Impossible Mentor, have been wrecking my life in the most beautiful and constructive way and they will do the same for you. I can tell you firsthand that the fruit of the questions raised in this book is a fuller appreciation and love for Jesus Christ, his kingdom, and the grace that has introduced me to both. Could there be a better endorsement for a book?

I recently shared the book's thesis in a meeting with four fellow brothers. A simple five minute articulation of the book's main questions led to an experience of God's grace and excitement in the victorious King and kingdom.
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