Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mentor? Who, Me?

Becoming a Woman of Influence:
Making a Lasting Impact on Others

Carol Kent
ISBN: 978-1576839331
February, 2006/224 pages/$14.99

Jesus’ twelve disciples changed the world forever. Wouldn’t you like to have a similar impact on others? But how do we accomplish this as human, imperfect people? How can we mentor others in a life-changing and even world-changing way? With Carol Kent’s help, discover the power you have in Christ to influence others like Jesus did. Learn seven simple, life-changing principles Jesus used to disciple His followers-such as asking questions, extending unconditional love, and telling stories. Through practical examples, see how your struggles and triumphs can inspire others. Whether you’re an “ordinary” Christian or a trained leader, prepare to live intentionally and become a valued mentor who leaves an eternal mark. Includes Impact Questions for personal reflection or discussion.

Carol Kent is hilariously funny, biblically sound, and heartbreakingly transparent in person and in print. Founder and president of Speak Up for Hope (a prison ministry) and Speak Up Speaker Services (a speakers' bureau), Carol is the best-selling author of many books, including When I Lay My Isaac Down, A New Kind of Normal, Becoming a Woman of Influence, Speak Up with Confidence, Secret Longings of the Heart, and Tame Your Fears. She is an expert on public speaking, writing, and evangelism. Carol travels the world, speaking to tens of thousands each year at events such as Extraordinary Women, Vision New England, Women of Faith, THRIVE, and Women of Grace. Carol and her husband, Gene, make their home in Florida. Visit Carol's website and read her blog.

While most Christian women fully agree with the concept of "Titus women", the practice of women mentoring women, many of us wonder where, when, and how to even begin -- especially when we still feel like we need to be mentored ourselves! Carol Kent has written an encouraging and highly practical book which will show women of all ages how they can have an impact on those around them. For in reality, everyone can influence someone! It's not just the sweet grandmotherly type who should be reaching out. For example, a young wife and mom in her twenties will have a tremendous influence on a teenage girl. Carol captures the essence of mentoring in nine basic principles which form the chapters of this book. The book also includes a nine-week Bible Study in the back with up to a dozen questions, verses to dig deeper, and other application activities corresponding to each chapter which can be completed alone, shared in a group, or to immediately put the book into practice, with an accountabilty/mentoring partner. This is a much-needed book which should be in every church library and women's ministry resource room.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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I saw her at a Women of Faith conference and loved her. I will have to get this book and read it. Thanks for sharing the review and information.

momneverstops said...

I have seen her in person at a small conference and she is so real. God has taken her through a real journey and her faith is obvious as she tells her story.
I love her books and will have to get this one as well.