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Silver Threads: Weaving Godly Wisdom Into the Lives of Younger Women Paperback – July 31, 2014
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Kate is simply an ordinary woman serving an extraordinary God. She is a New England gal to the core, but was transplanted years ago to the prairies of the Midwest where she and her husband Kevin raise and homeschool their 8 children. She seeks to honor her Creator by ministering to women of all ages, especially by coming alongside young women who are just beginning to understand their purpose in His great tapestry. They appreciate her love of the Word, her practical wisdom, and her lively sense of humor. She is the author of Cut It Out! How I Feed My Family of 10 for $500 a Month Without Coupons, and blogs at TeachingWhatIsGood.com.
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One of the women who was a huge encouragement to me on the board was Kate Megill, a homeschooling mama of eight. Many times Kate answered a question or made a comment in a way that was just what I needed to hear at them time. Always her statements were Christ-like and kind. And she always based her opinions in Scripture.
I'm not an extrovert- in real life or online- so I seldom carried on long conversations on the board. Kate probably doesn't even know the impact that her words sometimes had, the discussions I had with my husband about things she had said. Even some of the things that strengthened my relationship with my husband during those early years of parenthood were things I learned from Kate.
And so, when I learned that Kate had written a book about mentoring younger women, I know it would be wonderful. Who better to share her wisdom about mentoring? And I have had the privilege to read through Kate's book for review. Kate's book is Silver Threads: Weaving Godly Wisdom Into the Lives of Younger Women.
Kate begins Silver Threads by taking a look at why we need godly older women to come alongside younger women (from Titus 2:1-5). Sharing her own story, she shows the importance of these godly older women, and she talks about discipleship.
Part One looks at some of the characteristics of the "older women" mentioned in Titus 2. She also looks at where to find these older women mentors and even gives younger women some advice of what to do if they can't find an older woman to be in their lives.
In Part Two Kate shares about becoming the older woman mentioned in Titus 2. Always focused on Scripture, Kate uses several passages to discuss the traits needed to develop in the older woman. Then she gives some practical things that the older woman should remember- dos and don'ts of discipleship.
Kate also takes a look at how the older woman might begin being an influence in the lives of younger women- whether in an organized way or simply in living by example. And she reminds us of something very important- beginning this discipleship process of older women teaching younger women with our own daughters. I must admit that I was convicted here. While I love the idea of being a mentor and encouragement to younger moms, I often overlook the fact that my daughters are going to be those future young moms!
In the final section, Kate takes a look at the impact of discipling younger woman on the local church and even on the world. As I said in the beginning of this post, I can certainly testify to the impact that can be made when an older woman takes the time and effort to make a difference in the lives of younger women.
Silver Threads is an excellent call to action. I want to be an influencer as Kate- and later others- have been for me. I want to remember to begin at home with my daughters. (I have a teenager and a preteen!) And I want to be and encouragement and adviser to other women also.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
I recommend this book to older Christian women who want to change the world the way Jesus prescribed: investing in individuals and learning to love them practically.
She correctly points out that while we can attribute that role to spiritually older women, or anyone who is older than the one they are discipling, the Bible clearly defines this woman as a physically older woman whose children are grown.
The part of the book I loved the most was her instruction on how to become an older woman, or how to effectively disciple. She brings up mistakes I often see in ministry, in general such as, creating "mini me"s, determining what God's plan is for the person you disciple, or trying to become the Holy Spirit's voice for them.
This book is vital for every Christian woman and every Christian worker.
It is a book I highly recommend and a book I will be advising my friends to purchase for their own libraries.