Reviews: August 2012 (part 1)

Trevor Beeson, The Church’s Other Half: Women’s Ministry

Beeson writes in an engaging style in The Church’s Other Half about the lives and ministries of certain outstanding women throughout the history of the church in England.  Amongst those spotlighted are some who are well-known, such as Evelyn Underhill and Florence Nightingale, but many are names that I didn’t know before.  It’s not a book which I would choose to read from cover to cover but instead is something to dip into from time to time.  This book would be ideal on a coffee table for guests to read a few pages but it is more than a coffee table book; it is a fascinating education into many strong women who have stood for God in their own unique situations.  Despite the title, this is one which both men and women will enjoy!

Darlene Zschech, The Art of Mentoring

This globally-known singer-songwriter, who has an amazing track record in leading a large and celebrated worship team, is well-placed to write a book on the art of mentoring.  She has put together a resource from which anyone can learn.  It comprises chapters which focus on fourteen ‘values’, including encouragement, humility, excellence and people.  Because of its structure, it is a good book for reading in bite-size portions; each chapter stands alone as a reflection on its own subject.  The writing is laced with Scriptural references and stories from Zschech’s own experience, which is plentiful when it comes to raising up the next generation of leaders.  If you are interested in mentoring, this is worth a look because, although it does not give great attention to the mechanics of mentoring, it does convey something of the heart which is foundational to being a good mentor.


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