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Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life Experiences and God's Faithfulness Paperback – September 12, 2017
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Women often don't think they know enough to be a mentor, or fear rejection if they ask someone to mentor them. Others don't think they need mentoring. However, throughout the Bible, God calls spiritually younger and older women to learn from and teach one another. "Mentoring for All Seasons" helps answer questions like these: What is mentoring? How do I find a mentor? Why does God want us to mentor one another? What are the blessings of mentoring? Through true stories from mentors and mentees in life seasons from tween through deathalong with the author's personal experiences, helpful tips, Scriptures to study together, and biblical mentoring relationship examples "Mentoring for All Seasons" encourages women to be intentional about sharing their life experiences and God's faithfulness with other women.
About the Author
Author, international speaker, and freelance editor, JANET THOMPSON is the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work Ministries. Sharing life's experiences and God's faithfulness is the premise of Janet's writing and speaking. She's the author of nineteen books and holds an MA in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and an MBA from Cal Lutheran University. She and her husband, Dave, now enjoy living in the rural mountains of Idaho where she enjoys walking mountain trails and spending time with their eleven grandchildren. She also writes newsletters and weekly blogs at womantowomanmentoring.com.
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"No one expects you to have memorized the Bible or be a Bible scholar to qualify as a mentor; you just need to have lived life, observed God at work in the seasons of your life, and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit." (Janet Thompson, p. 60) "Mentoring encompasses guidance, accountability, spiritual growth and friendship: one woman sharing her life experiences and her faith in God with another woman who could use help with her current life season." (Janet Thompson, p. 88)
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!