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Book Review – Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction

Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & DirectionSacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction by David G. Benner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the idea of a “spiritual friendship,” how it differs from mentorship, and how I could be put it into practice. Upon completion, I definitely have a better understanding of what it entails. Simply put, “the task of spiritual friends is to help us discern the presence, will and leading of the Spirit of God.” The notion of a spiritual friendship is simple, yet profound. I like the idea that you have to be very vulnerable and intentional in this type of relationship. At the end of the day, your intimacy with your spiritual friend is what drives the relationship, and I think that is important. David Benner does a commendable job of laying out biblical principles of how this can play out. I particularly liked the notion that we are to embrace our humanity in the process. It speaks highly of the notion that we are not to become more divine, but more humane, in light of who God originally designed us to be. I also appreciated the part that discussed how a spousal relationship can pursue a spiritual friendship and the benefits that it provides.

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Book Review – With: A Practical Guide to Informal Mentoring and Intentional Disciple Making

With: A Practical Guide to Informal Mentoring and Intentional Disciple MakingWith: A Practical Guide to Informal Mentoring and Intentional Disciple Making by Alvin L. Reid

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I’m venturing back into mentoring myself, I recently looked for a well-reviewed book on the subject, and With caught my eye on a simple Amazon search. After finishing the book, I must admit that much of it didn’t provide much “new” information for me, but was good nonetheless. The main premise is that informal mentoring is vital to raising up believers in the church. The part that was new to me was the idea of mentoring being informal. Although most of my previous mentoring relationships have been informal, I appreciated the idea of “doing life” together as the main dynamic of the relationship. For example, the authors describe this time as bringing along your mentees to things you are already doing (errands, chores, traveling, etc.). I also liked that the authors wisely didn’t prescribe what a gathering looks like specifically, leaving room for the mentor and mentee to discern what is best for their relationship.

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Our Year with Sapphira

They don’t say, “the days are long but the years are short,” for no reason. As of this date, Sapphira has spent 365 of them with us (outside of the womb, that is) on this Earth, which she has also recently been walking on with her own two little feet!

To say we’re grateful would be a gross understatement. It’s amazing to realize how much has happened since she was born, how greatly Sapphira has already changed each of us as parents and people, and how crazily our Baby Girl has, herself, changed!

 

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