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Realize the value and blessings of participating in mentoring relationships during all stages, ages, and seasons of life.
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:
Through true stories from mentors and mentees in life seasons from tween to twilight--along 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.
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Lynne5 Stars Out Of 5A highly usable and comprehensive book for women mentorsSeptember 21, 2017LynneQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Janet Thompson has written a very comprehensive and up-to-date book for women who want to have ministry in the lives of other women. It is also filled with many real life stories of what God has done in mentoring relationships that make it come alive. Lynne Moll
Lori Wildenberg5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful and PurposefulSeptember 20, 2017Lori WildenbergQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Janet Thompson powerfully and purposefully shows women of today how to put the biblical principle of mentoring into a real life practice. Mentor and mentee practical tips and personal stories are provided to help the reader catch the vision and live it out. As Janet points out the generation gap is not God's plan. Mentoring closes the divide and unites believers. Spiritual growth happens when we share life and focus on God's faithfulness.
Shirley5 Stars Out Of 5Women Need WomenSeptember 13, 2017ShirleyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whether you're interested in sharing what you've learned in life or need encouragement to get through life--this book is for you. There is no more blessed experience than mentoring. I and my two mentees, Kim and Janine, were privileged to have our story included in the Prologue of this book. We began meeting almost 20 years ago and continue to meet weekly to discuss Christian books. Our mentoring has turned into ministry, and we speak at about 20 events a year as Friends of the Heart, which is what we are and what you'll become through a mentoring experience.
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!
Tammy Keene5 Stars Out Of 5Mentoring for All SeasonsSeptember 12, 2017Tammy KeeneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Janet Thompson's Mentoring for All Seasons is every woman's guide to mentoring. Janet provides a practical definition of what it means to mentor: simply sharing life together. Her book walks the mentor through the steps of finding a mentee and helps the mentee find a mentor. This book is so much more than just a simple how to find your mentor or mentee. It is a resource that every woman needs. Whether you are in a formal mentor/mentee relationship, this book provides invaluable information. In addition, to Janet's instruction, you will read testimonies from mentors and mentees, sharing how they were blessed by their mentoring relationships.
"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)
Jocelyn Green, author of Faith DeployedCedar Falls, IAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Practical and inspiringSeptember 12, 2017Jocelyn Green, author of Faith DeployedCedar Falls, IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We need this book now more than ever before. Reading Mentoring for All Seasons was like sitting down at a table with author Janet Thompson, and with all the women she invited to speak into the book with their own personal stories. I was inspired by how God has used women mentoring women not just in ages past, but here and now. Mentoring for All Seasons is not just theoretical. The biblical wisdom and conversational tone are supported by very practical guides for both mentees and mentors. This is an invaluable resource I'll be referring to often.