Saturday, 13 March 2010

Book Review - The Heart of Mentoring by David A. Stoddard

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."

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