Tuesday, January 15, 2013

book review: how to find and thrive with a mentor

I read and reviewed Tyler Braun's earlier book: Why Holiness Matters: We've Lost our Way But We Can Find It Again.That was an excellent book on the journey of faith. His latest book is: How to Find and Thrive With Mentor. While mentoring has been around for a long time, in recent years it has become a buzz word - an often misunderstood buzz word. Tyler has a nice concise definition:
Mentoring is inviting someone into an intentional relationship for the sake of personal and spiritual growth. 
He goes on:
Mentoring is forming an intentional relationship that also forms Christ within us, regardless of where we are in our spiritual journey.
The path to spiritual growth and development is both individual and communal. We develop with people, not away from them. This little guidebook is designed to help you connect with a mentor in ways that will help you and your mentor. 
Mentors help us discover who we are in a way we cannot know if we lead isolated lives... God made us with this deep-seated desire for other people speaking into our lives.
This short guidebook outlines the process of finding and thriving with a mentor. One of the highlights is that finding a spiritual mentor is not a one-way journey. You cannot sit and wait for a mentor to find you. There are things I needed to do in order to prepare for mentorship and to initiate the mentorship process.

This guidebook is not a traditional mentorship book with pre-defined exercises. Rather it explores the process of mentorship and provides reflections on that process.

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