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Quite a few years ago, as a young homeschooling mama, I stumbled upon a web board that was a forum for Christian homeschoolers. Many times, through the early years of homeschooling and child rearing, I asked questions on the board, seeking advice and encouragement and prayer. It was difficult, with young children, for me to get out very often and join a group like this in real life. And, to be honest, I hadn't found this kind of mentoring and encouragement in the few places I had looked.
One of the women who was a huge encouragement to me on the board was Kate Megill, a homeschooling mama of eight. Many times Kate answered a question or made a comment in a way that was just what I needed to hear at them time. Always her statements were Christ-like and kind. And she always based her opinions in Scripture.
I'm not an extrovert- in real life or online- so I seldom carried on long conversations on the board. Kate probably doesn't even know the impact that her words sometimes had, the discussions I had with my husband about things she had said. Even some of the things that strengthened my relationship with my husband during those early years of parenthood were things I learned from Kate.
And so, when I learned that Kate had written a book about mentoring younger women, I know it would be wonderful. Who better to share her wisdom about mentoring? And I have had the privilege to read through Kate's book for review. Kate's book is Silver Threads: Weaving Godly Wisdom Into the Lives of Younger Women.
Kate begins Silver Threads by taking a look at why we need godly older women to come alongside younger women (from Titus 2:1-5). Sharing her own story, she shows the importance of these godly older women, and she talks about discipleship.
Part One looks at some of the characteristics of the "older women" mentioned in Titus 2. She also looks at where to find these older women mentors and even gives younger women some advice of what to do if they can't find an older woman to be in their lives.
In Part Two Kate shares about becoming the older woman mentioned in Titus 2. Always focused on Scripture, Kate uses several passages to discuss the traits needed to develop in the older woman. Then she gives some practical things that the older woman should remember- dos and don'ts of discipleship.
Kate also takes a look at how the older woman might begin being an influence in the lives of younger women- whether in an organized way or simply in living by example. And she reminds us of something very important- beginning this discipleship process of older women teaching younger women with our own daughters. I must admit that I was convicted here. While I love the idea of being a mentor and encouragement to younger moms, I often overlook the fact that my daughters are going to be those future young moms!
In the final section, Kate takes a look at the impact of discipling younger woman on the local church and even on the world. As I said in the beginning of this post, I can certainly testify to the impact that can be made when an older woman takes the time and effort to make a difference in the lives of younger women.
Silver Threads is an excellent call to action. I want to be an influencer as Kate- and later others- have been for me. I want to remember to begin at home with my daughters. (I have a teenager and a preteen!) And I want to be and encouragement and adviser to other women also.
You can purchase Silver Threads through Amazon as a Kindle read or a paperback. And it's a read I can highly recommend!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
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