Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their mentees. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the mentees to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the mentees. The mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the mentee. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.

Mentors train mentees to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God’s call. Mentees are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.

You, as the Christian mentor, give your mentees spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God’s divine light.

To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your mentee is a relationship and a process. It is about God’s love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ. When you try to help another live a good Christian life, they need to learn to let Christ live or walk in Him — the not I but Christ life — which will be a good Christian life! The experience of the cross must be front and center. If not, the would-be mentor would be training flesh to try and please God.

Christian mentoring is a specialized form of discipleship. The mentor is one who has come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life, according to Romans 6 and Galatians 2:20. His calling as mentor is to foster this relationship with another believer and to walk with him as he is established in walking in the Spirit.

The mentor should be established in a church which advocates such a relationship where he, too, can be under authority. Such a church should have a discipleship program where one believer leads another to appropriate his death, burial, and resurrection with Christ, thus entering into the Spirit-filled life.

Miriam Jacob & Dr. Charles R. Solomon

© The Authors


Sarah’s Smile – by Dawn Kinzer

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Series: The Daughters of Riverton (Book 1)
Paperback: 394 pages
Publisher: Morningview Publishing; 1 edition (September 5, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0997815405

“Sarah’s Smile” by Dawn Kinzer is a well-crafted, multi-layered story of heartbreak and second chances, that inspires our hearts on many levels. It is filled with heartwarming, captivating, late Victorian characters, full of realistic hurts, amusing foibles, and redeemable traits, revolving around mutual feelings of trust and forgiveness. In this warm, heartbreaking story, Dawn Kinzer teaches us to love and forgive. God’s love comes with the gift to forgive.

In 1902, Sarah McCall, a would-be missionary awaiting a call to the mission field, longs to leave bitter heartbreak behind, to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter Caswell, a widowed pastor, yearns for the way things were. They had been best friends—she had loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years had passed since he left, Peter hopes Sarah will give him a second chance. They had shared a past, but can they share a future together? Both Sarah and Peter are bitterly scarred by sorrow, pain, lost chances and unrequited love.

Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, Sarah McCall strives to overcome a tarnished family history and a heartbreaking romance of unrequited love that she just cannot obliterate, try as she might. Peter Caswell returns to his hometown as a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation, but he cannot forgive himself for his wife’s death. Will Sarah and Peter find their way to love and forgiveness, or will their past mistakes make the hope of a life together even impossible to contemplate?

Dawn Kinzer’s crystal-clear voice is fresh and distinctive in historical fiction. The spiritual content in this inspiring book is beautifully integrated, making the story meaningful to readers. The two main characters in this faith-based book have wide-spread appeal. The well-developed characters, intriguing storylines and surprise plot twists create a beautiful and captivating tale of forgiveness and enduring love that triumphs at all costs.

Dawn Kinzer is inspired by the Holy Spirit to write for Christ. God’s stamp of approval is upon her books. May “Sarah’s Smile” inspire the hearts of people worldwide, as Dawn’s heartfelt words match the awesome spirit of her heartwarming book.

Reviewer: Miriam Jacob

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Writing is a passion, but music has always played an important role in my life since I was a wee little one. I sang with groups through high school and college, then served as a vocalist with a contemporary worship band for eighteen years. Blessed with two married daughters, one grown stepdaughter, and three gorgeous grandchildren, I live with my husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

My work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends, The One Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale), A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love (Guideposts), and featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home.

In 2010, I launched Faithfully Write Editing and soon moved from part time to full time freelance editing. I provide critiquing, copyediting, substantive editing, and proofreading services for both fiction and nonfiction writers.

Dawn Kinzer


Meditations on the Trinity – by A. W. Tozer


Meditations on the Trinity
Beauty, Mystery, and Glory in the Life of God

by A. W. Tozer

Moody Publishers. ISBN: 9781600668036. Price: $11.99

A. W. Tozer, one of the 20th century’s most beloved spiritual writers, is renowned for his extremely powerful writing style, strong Biblical stand, and his extraordinary ability to see God in the Bible and state with crystal-clear clarity what he sees. Tozer’s amazing style shines brilliantly like a priceless jewel through “Meditations on the Trinity.”

This volume on the Godhead consists of four parts on each person of the Trinity, and one on the triune God. It imparts an accurate view of God, and offers Him the true worship He deserves. Knowing God is the only purpose for which mankind was created.

The devotional readings reflect Tozer’s passionate zeal for the glory of the Lord. Tozer loved God fervently with all his heart, and he treasured the Word of God deeply, fighting to uphold truth at any cost. The doctrine of the Trinity is the basic foundation of the Christian faith, for us to behold the glory of the Triune God.

Tozer teaches the doctrinal-cum-theological basis of the Trinity and trains us in the devotional aspect as well. The Christian life first begins with God as we seek to know Him and reflect on the character and nature of God, and the ways He chooses to reveal Himself.

The first part of this book comprises reflections on God the Father, the eternal and immortal Creator. The second describes the humanity of God the Son. The third is on the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit. The fourth part emphasizes the unity of God. Tozer conveys the profoundly theological thoughts of God in the most lofty language and style to lead to the doxology of worship.

A. W. Tozer’s voice rings out bravely and boldly to believers of all generations to empower them in their Christian walk with God.

Miriam Jacob


I Tried Until I Almost Died – by Sandra McCollom


Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Publication Date: 03 Mar 2015
ISBN: 9781601425775
PRICE: $14.99

Are you tired of trying to measure up to the world’s difficult standards? Do you want to exchange your anxiety and frustration for God’s divine peace, blissful rest and relaxation? In a culture that over-emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals as the hallmark of success, we are hopelessly driven to do more, strive more, achieve more and be more. We get mercilessly caught up in the ruthlessly turning treadmill of rigid, self-imposed rules that wreck utter havoc in our lives. The pitiful end result of all this stress is anger, frustration, and anxiety that prevent us from living a life of peace in God. For seemingly endless years, Sandra McCollom lived in this death-like trap. Worn out from striving for a perfection she could never attain, try as she might, she cried out desperately to God for help. God answered Sandra by setting her on a trend-setting, life-transforming journey to discover the abundant riches of His grace. In “I Tried Until I Almost Died,” Sandra shares how she exchanged her burden of anxiety and fear for God’s divine peace. This book will teach you how to taste the exuberating freedom of trusting in the perfect power of God’s grace.

Miriam Jacob


When Grace Sings – by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Publication Date: 17 Mar 2015
ISBN: 9780307731333
PRICE: $14.99

As trouble brews in waves in peaceful, quiet Arborville, Kansas, Alexa Zimmerman and Anna-Grace Braun are ruthlessly targeted for bitter discord and exposed secrets. Can they find God’s boundless grace in the swirling fog of confusion? Alexa wonders if the community in Arborville will ever accept her, hoping against hope that her excellent culinary and hospitality skills will win her many skeptics over. Alexa allows Briley Forrester, reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder at her bread and breakfast, blissfully unaware of his real motives for being there in the first place. When Alexa’s cousin Anna-Grace arrives to stay, the extended family circle uncovers Alexa’s deep-rooted insecurities, setting Briley on the long drawn out trail of a web of secret truths. A secure future and a young romance hang precariously in the balance. Alexa and Anna-Grace realize that their secrets are interminably interconnected, binding them in unimaginable ways. They must take refuge in the abiding goodness and faithfulness of their loving, heavenly Father and His trustworthy plan for their future.

Miriam Jacob


The Ragamuffin Gospel – by Brennan Manning



Publisher: WaterBrook & Multnomah,
Publication Date: 06 Oct 2015.
ISBN: 9781601428684. PRICE: $19.99.

Brennan Manning wrote this book for himself and weary, discouraged people along the Way. Although we believe in grace, we feel as if we still must earn God’s love, for Him to be pleased with us. In “The Ragamuffin Gospel,” Manning presents a completely different picture of our relationship with God, as dirty, bedraggled, exhausted ragamuffins. But as we sit at God’s feet replete in our rags, He smiles at us and embraces us, treating us as the cherished recipients of His love. In this classic meditation on grace, we don’t need to make ourselves presentable to God. Our extreme poverty and utter powerlessness brings us closer to God, whose fatherly love embraces us, no matter what our condition or circumstances. Let us allow God’s grace to do what only He can do – hug us to His heart.

According to Brennan Manning, “The Ragamuffin Gospel” is for bent, bruised and broken people, who feel that their lives are a grave disappointment to God. By grace, we are saved through faith. Manning explores the true meaning of grace in all its power. When we acknowledge that only grace saves us, we draw near to God who delights in us, His dearly beloved children. We find the timeless wisdom of a man who came to God needy and desperate to find a peace that revolutionized his life for ever. You are not a disappointment to God. God celebrates you. God loves you. This is the exhilarating joy of the Good News – the gospel of grace.

Miriam Jacob


He Calls You Beautiful – by Dee Brestin


Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Song of Songs

by Dee Brestin

Publisher: WaterBrook & Multnomah,

Publication Date: 11 Jul 2017.

ISBN: 9781601429902. PRICE: $15.99

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” God loves you with divine passion. Jesus Christ wrote a love song to you, signed with His life-giving blood, for you to taste His love in a most intimate, heart to heart way! The Song of Songs, one of the most love-revealing books of the Bible, illuminates with a divine spotlight, the best love story of all time, the intense, personal love God has us, His dearly beloved children. In He Calls You Beautiful, Dee Brestin teaches us life-transforming truths with deep insight and understanding, as she illustrates how God uses the divine art of poetry and the most exquisite imagery to illuminate the unique intimacy Christ has for each one of us. God calls you to know His love in your heart. He sings over you a song of selfless love and undying devotion. A passionate Song of songs, sung personally to you, and only for you, by the divine Creator of your soul. Jesus loves you, and He calls you beautiful.

Dee Brestin’s writing voice blends in with the lyrical beauty of the Song of Songs, as she captures our five senses to taste the breathtaking love of God. Her sheer passion for Him captivates our hearts until we are swept up in His divine embrace. He Calls You Beautiful. He writes it on your heart with His life’s Blood. Here is what you always long for, your very own personal love story, to be loved, honored and cherished. God will make you feel inexplicably, indescribably and undeniably loved, for yourself alone. The Song of Songs melts our hearts with the beauty of Christ, inspiring us to be more intimate with Him, the Lover of our souls.

The Song of Songs is the best lens to understand God’s heart in all of Scripture. Dee Brestin poignantly weaves the tapestry of biblical truths to illustrate God’s enraptured heart for His people. The Song of Songs illustrates an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, in a glowing illustration of Christ and His bride, the Church. We will understand the depths of Jesus’s tender love for us and how He transforms our lives into His glory. “He Calls You Beautiful” plumbs the exquisite beauty and awesome wonder of intimate love with God, and the glory of His unique design in creating you, as He welcomes you into the heart of intimacy with Christ!

Miriam Jacob