(Book review) Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship


Reviewed by: G. Connor Salter

 


Introduction

Title: Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleshipmentor-for-life

Author: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

Format: Paperback

Length: 272 Pages

OVERVIEW

Church programs teach all sorts of things, but rarely how to mentor believers the way Jesus did. Natasha Sistrunk Robinson has spent years doing just that, building small groups where Christians meet and intentionally disciple each other. In this book Robinson describes her process, arguing that discipleship works best in small groups and outlining the major areas where people need discipleship: Bible study, worship, fellowship, ministry, tithing, and witnessing.

There are many excellent ideas in this book, but also some things Robinson doesn’t quite develop enough. She argues that since Jesus didn’t mentor one disciple at a time, Christians should disciple each other in small groups rather than one-on-one. Whereas she gives some practical reasons that support this argument, she doesn’t build a strong biblical case for why small group discipleship is best. She also forgets other situations wherein one-on-one discipleship was done, such as Paul with Timothy, Barnabas with John Mark, and Elijah with Elisha. Beyond that, the book provides many great insights that will help Christians start small groups and guide each other toward greater spiritual maturity.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Church leaders interested in starting small groups for mentoring; women interested in biblical mentoring.

Christian Impact

This book references Scripture throughout, and quotes many respected Christian leaders. The last two sections include lists of recommended books for small groups to study.

This book is targeted at women, but its concepts and explanations are universal enough that men can easily read it and learn from it as well.

 

Connor Salter is a student at Taylor University, majoring in professional writing. He is a Content Creator for the Odyssey, and a freelance writer for The Echo and The Waynedale News.



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One Response to “(Book review) Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship”

  1. I am going to add this book to our library. Looks to be a great resource for the small group concepts that are so popular today. When I looked it up on Amazon, I particularly noted that 42 people gave it either 4s or 5s with nothing lower. That is significant. I think it will be a great resource for those in the church that would like to develop the small group ministry. I am with the reviewer, one on one is a significant option for ministry as well.

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