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Carol Kent imparts several principles from the life of Jesus for the making of an effective mentor.
God has a need for women who will be there for other women--to encourage their dreams, speak into their lives, and listen to their hearts. Author Carol Kent imparts several principles from the life of Jesus for the making of an effective mentor.
This effective discipleship tool and Bible study will help equip you to mentor the young women in your life who long to draw nearer to God.
Becoming A Woman of Influence
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I like Carol Kent and I like what she sets out to do with this book. She saw the need among women for godly mentors and she set out to do something about it. Not many do that. For this I applaud her for taking the time out of her life to create a resource for those of us who wish to be a godly influence in other women’s lives. All isn’t perfect, however. While I find this book to be valuable, it isn’t as good as it could be if she had been more intent on being God-focused rather than woman-focused. Because of that, while there is much to like about this book there is also much to be wary of.
First the positive: Carol has a desire to get women active in other women’s lives. She covers subjects that will be of benefit to many women. She’s motivating. She’s enthusiastic. She rallies the troops. She gives us reasons to want to become a woman of influence and makes us want to prepare to mentor other ladies and since that is in a nutshell the point of the book, she succeeds quite admirably.
Now for the downside: This book isn’t theologically deep. Carol uses a very modern Bible translation that isn’t a word-for-word translation so sometimes the Biblical message isn’t as clear as it needs to be. Also she references people that aren’t known for being strictly straight and true to the traditional conservative Christian message. It is very modern in it’s emphasis on what women can do (and ought to do). Carol doesn’t get the message across that our lives must be lived to God’s glory and by His power and according to His rules and truth. For these reasons, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend it.
To wrap up: this is a book that will encourage women in our roles as guides and mentors to other women but it fails to give us the biblical tools needed to carry out these roles as well as we should. It is more modern than traditional, more cultural than biblical, more woman-centered than God-centered. Read it a conservative Bible translation handy and along with it, read some other, more conservative, Christian books written for women who are seeking to learn how to mentor and guide other women.
I received this book free from NavPress Publishers 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 Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
3/22/2011 4:17:40 AM