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Three words drill to the core of who I am: "Teacher", "Mentor", and "Family". The teacher side of me was to the fore as a public school teacher (23 years), Bible College Principal (12 years) and Teaching Pastor (10 years). If they write the word "Mentor" on my tombstone, I'll rest in peace (not that I'll know!). Currently I'm a mentor and teacher with Living Stones www.livingstones.org.nz and a passionate family man (married to Elaine for 41 years, and dad to three children and seven grandkids).
The Lost Art of Lingering is not a formula. It is not a plug and play system designed to increase the attendance of a local congregation. This book is about the heart of God's mission for his people - the very act of making disciples.
Rowland Forman brings years of personal struggle and valuable conversations to the table as he lays out a compelling discussion about the importance of learning how to develop mentoring relationships. He does not give simple answers to the lack of true discipleship relationships in the church today. Instead, he issues a challenge to better understand and pursue mutual mentoring relationships with those around you.
The reader will find this book full of practical ideas for how to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ through mutually beneficial relationships.
The Lost Art of Lingering is not a one time read. This book has the ability to be an ongoing resource in our search to mentor and be mentored. It truly is a vital resource for all people who are seeking to grow in their ability to follow Jesus Christ while helping others do the same.
Review: In the midst of this fast paced, frantic age, in which we live, how we need a book like "Lingering." Taking time with some, who truly wish to grow in their walk, and opening one's self to grow along side -- with them -- is something gravely missing from our Christian experience today. I personally highly recommend this book to all who wish to be reminded and re-schooled in the "Lost Art of Lingering." Grab a comfortable chair in a suitable location where you won't be disturbed, lay aside your iPhones and electronic calendars -- un plug -- and open your mind and heart to a refreshing perspective so often missed today, you will be inspired in seeing how God can use you!