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Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life Experiences and God's Faithfulness Paperback – September 12, 2017
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"With a wide range of topics, and covering the vastly different seasons in a Christian woman's life, Mentoring for All Seasons teaches how to find, or be, the mentor Jesus desires. With wisdom, joy and experience Janet Thompson guides Christian women though the seasons of life, and offers hope and help on the much needed subject of mentoring." -- Laura Petherbridge, Speaker and Author of When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't," The Smart Stepmom, 101Tips "Mentoring for All Seasons"
"Janet Thompson knows mentoring. She's lived it, breathed it, taught it, and remains as passionate about it today as she was 20 years ago when I met her. In Mentoring for All Seasons she will encourage, inspire, and thoroughly equip you to join her in answering God's call to impact the next generation of women." -- Cindi McMenamin, pastor's wife, longtime women's ministry director, and author of several books incl "Mentoring for All Seasons"
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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.
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Section Two Describes life seasons and the type of mentoring women need in each season. For each season, Thompson gives tips for both mentors and mentees, Scriptures to discuss, personal stories from mentors and mentees, a short Bible story, and discussion questions. I particularly liked Thompson’s guidelines for establishing boundaries so no one feels like they’re being asked for more time than they’ve agreed to give, and for making sure expectations are clearly discussed up front.
The epilogue finishes with a variety of short topics such as tips on choosing a mentor, setting realistic expectations, Do’s and Don’ts, mentor vulnerability, advice for when mentoring is hard, and resources.
I highly recommend this book for Christian women who want to both grow spiritually and help others grow.
"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)