Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Face to Face by Jayme Hull with Laura Captari

Mentoring is weird.

We enter into relationship, walking through life, sharing experiences and growth. It sounds great, more and more people are recognizing the importance of this unique relationship and yet ask people how to find a mentor or how to mentor someone else and most people just stare blankly.

In Face to Face Jayme Hull and Laura Captari explore the ins and outs of mentoring in a laid back and accessible format. In fact, at times I almost felt the book was to laid back as I sought out clear cut rules and guidelines, only to realize that by giving the chapter and its stories space, the concept did jump out in more organic and relational ways (sort of how I picture mentoring).

Face to Face is not an instruction manual, There is no 1, 2, 3 to easy mentoring because it involves people and life is messy. However, this book does walk readers through the basics including: the purpose of mentoring, how to find a mentor (it involves some risk as a heads up, all the way to working through conflict in the mentoring relationship and ending well. The chapters are cleanly divided into manageable portions each ending with their own collection of reflective questions geared towards helping the reader in their own mentoring journey.

Face to Face is definitely written towards a female audience and draws heavily upon Jayme's own experience as a mentor and mentee. I know I picked out certain passages to comment on with my husband but the book is not gender neutral.

The need for mentoring is one I've seen replayed over and over again and Face to Face does an excellent job opening up intentional space to address this issue.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. The views expressed are entirely my own.