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With this book, you will see that sharing your life with others is the most rewarding gift you can give--and the most satisfying gift you can receive.
Spend your time and energy to truly make a difference in someone's life. Mentoring is a relational process that involves life-to-life exchanges to help others discover and pursue their passions.
Benefits and features:
• 10 proven principles for developing people
• Advice for older generations mentoring younger generations
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The secret of living is giving
The Heart of Mentoring is a good read for those keen on learning about mentoring others. Stoddard discusses 10 principles for developing people, covering areas such as giving of ourselves, process, opening our lives, alignment of passion, journeying in adversity, values, character and spirituality, before closing the book with 2 chapters challenging readers to leave a lasting legacy and going for it at any stage of life.
Stoddard writes from a more secular, John Maxwell-style, perspective, though this book is under a Christian publisher. I believe his target audience is more than just the Christian community. Having said that, there are valuable nuggets of wisdom that I found insightful and applicable even as a Christian. Stoddard focuses more on the soft-skill and inner life issues of mentoring, as opposed to the how-tos and to-dos, the methods and techniques. I appreciate his emphasis on the purpose and intentions of mentoring, and the openness that he shares of his own mentoring experiences, both good and bad. He shows through his writing his own humility, willingness to learn, and passion for investing in lives.
Disclosure of Material Connection: 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."
5/6/2010 9:25:36 PM
Navpress is a great publisher of books on discipleship and mentoring and I learned mentoring through Navigator’s own Paul D. Stanley co-writing ‘Connecting ‘with J. Robert Clinton and Regent College’s founder, James Houston’s ‘The Mentored Life. All published by Navpress.. Initially I confess some disappointment reading this new book, finding it a substantially lighter read. Perhaps the simplicity of the main idea that mentoring is essentially founded in meaningful relationship and the subtext that there is no difference between discipling and mentoring, is my problem. Reading the back cover and internal commendations from US corporate leaders and the extensive reference to the Harvard Business Review and FORTUNE magazine, revealed that this book is not written for me, someone in the academic arena, to read. This book is written for the corporate business person to encourage them to take their faith seriously beyond the churches doors and into the work and home environments. The message is Go out and make a difference.
There are plenty of stories from the corporate career journey; many examples and situations to resonate with. It tries to resist the “how to” approach of a method rather introducing what Christians would call fellowship into mentoring. If you want the theory read Houston’s book, the different models read Stanley’s, if you want the motivational talk then read this book by Stoddard.
8/17/2009 3:48:22 PM
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Mentoring is more than technique - it's a passion for developing people
You want to invest in the lives of others, but... how? That is the question at the center of The Heart of Mentoring by David A. Stoddard (with Robert J. Tamasy).
In ten fast-paced chapters, Stoddard makes it clear that mentoring is not about technique, goals or curriculum. It is about relationship and a passion for developing others on a professional and personal level, as illustrated in ten principles for effective mentoring.
With insight from his own experiences as both a mentor and mentoring partner, Stoddard explains each principle, letting readers into his world as he shares his successes and failures as a mentor.
There is one point made that gives me pause: That it is acceptable for a mentoring relationship to exist between members of the opposite sex. I cannot agree that this is appropriate (even on a "purely professional level"). Even if both the mentor and mentoring partner receive approval from their spouses, it is unwise. For the Christian, it appears to run contrary to the principles taught in Titus 2 (that older women should train younger women and, by implication, older men should train younger men). Some might see this as a niggling disagreement, but it struck me funny.
Stoddard's love of mentoring is tangible—and contagious, building a desire within the reader to give their lives away in service to others, without burdening them with "how-tos." As one who can easily get distracted by "how-tos," it's a message that I need to hear and read repeatedly.
Read the book and have your passion for investing in others ignited.
7/16/2009 9:01:24 PM