Discipleship. Mentoring. Counseling. Life Coach. Friendship.
2 mandate is essential. Older women helping younger women through their physical, emotional, and spiritual journeys in life. This is one of my more passionate issues in life that I tend to get on my soapbox about.
So I was all too happy to Dana Yeakley's book, The Gentle Art of Discipling Women.
Mrs. Yeakley writes this book out of a passion and longing to see the women in the body of Christ put to work this "art". She has lived it out herself and delivers her message in such a way that is truly gentle.
She reminds the reader that one must truly know her God intimately if she is to help other women. We have to examine our own lives to see if we are motivated by acclamation or simply wanting to see Christ glorified as we invest in each other. Our own walks must match our talks. So she takes the first part of the book to speak to the one doing the discipling. Have we worked through areas in our own lives where we might be struggling with areas of sin: unforgiveness, idolatry, etc? Do we have an intimate relationship with the Lord? Are we in His Word regularly? Are we prayerful as we consider who the Lord might be leading us to invest in?
The second half of the book is one that helps the mentor to know how to go about helping other women. She does such a great job in making this job joy-filled and "natural". The body of Christ is to be about this, whether one is sitting do a study with someone, or just inviting a younger gal over to dinner to see how Godly mothers do their job in a casual setting. The goal is to help each other grow closer to Christ and be latern-bearers of bright lights.
Every women is capable of intentional relationships. This book helps us immensely in finding our niche, examining our own lives in view of helping others, and seeking God for help.
As a part of the Tyndale Blogging Network, I received a free copy of this book.