#Excerpt “Letters to an Apprentice” by J. Taliaferro

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Christian, Spiritual growth, Christian Mentorship

Date Published: April 7, 2020

Publisher: Lucid Books

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The narrow road is dangerous and full of hardship; it was never intended to be traveled alone. We were always supposed to have guides. And we are also expected to lead others along that path.

Unfortunately, Christian mentorship has been neglected far too long. We are in danger of losing yet another generation to mediocrity and self-interest if we do not act now.

Letters to an Apprentice invites you on a journey–occasionally uncomfortable and revealing–as one young apprentice develops and matures through the influence of one mentor after another. These lessons are shared through a series of letters that use real-life scenarios to prompt innovative ideas that inspire you to become a better mentor or apprentice. Letters to an Apprentice is filled with practical examples and steps to help you:

– find your mentor and make the best of that relationship.

– find your apprentice and pass on what you have learned.

– Create a culture of mentorship in your family, church, ministry, or team.

Join us as we rekindle the ancient discipline of Christian mentorship. Start your own journey, and wade deeper into your place in the body of Christ as you deepen your understanding of the kingdom of God.

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A Tale of Two Seeds: Heirloom or Hybrid?

Organic mentorship is a passing on of knowledge, passions, and lifestyles through relational means. Most of these relationships are life on life, meaning your lives are bumping into each other regularly, often in very informal ways. These mentorship relationships can take place over long periods of time, but they can even happen during short encounters if the apprentice is open and ready to learn and be influenced toward new areas of growth.

Organic mentorship is like planting a tomato plant with an heirloom seed. After the harvest of the previous year, you set aside some of the seeds from the nicest tomatoes and save them to plant next year. You do that year after year, and the tomatoes get better and better. Also, the farmer who uses heirloom seeds never runs out of seeds because he relies on the previous harvest to provide for the next season. In the same way, organic mentorship requires reproducibility. It is deeply dependent on one generation passing on its knowledge, passion, and lifestyle to the next generation.

Organizational mentorship is teaching information and knowledge through organized processes and checklists. This style of mentorship is usually led by chosen teachers or mentors who have an impressive amount of knowledge but may have no natural connection with the apprentice.

Organizational mentorship is akin to planting a tomato plant with hybrid seeds you buy from the store. Those seeds are genetically engineered to produce the biggest, reddest tomatoes. They look amazing on your Instagram account. The desirable features are all there, and everyone is jealous of your garden, but the actual taste lacks the depth of the heirloom tomato. And every year, the farmer has to buy new seeds because hybrid plants produce sterile seeds. They cannot be used the next year.

Before we completely throw out organizational mentorship, we must recognize that it has its place. It works well when training people to safely do a task; it is effective in schools and addiction programs. But its biggest flaw is that it cannot pass on knowledge from generation to generation because the information did not penetrate deeply into the day-to-day life of the apprentice.

Most companies, churches, and organizations focus on the organizational style of mentorship because they can produce the “Wow!” factor. Hybrid seeds (organizational mentorship) produce prize pumpkins that weigh 800 pounds and win prizes even though they taste terrible. But everybody knows the best produce comes from the multi-generational garden of the old farmer who has been using heirloom seeds (organic mentorship) that have been passed down season after season.

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About the Author

J Taliaferro is not your stereotypical missionary. From a small Texas town to traveling the world for the sake of the Gospel, J has 20+ years of cross-cultural experience, the majority in partnership with the International Mission Board.

On this journey with him are his wife Susan and four children: Victory, Memphis, Ember, and Daniel.

From church planting with remote tribes in the Amazon and Andes to impacting war torn lands and refugee populations in Sub-Saharan Africa, J has demonstrated his dedication to God’s calling and his passion for Christian mentorship.

The numerous missionaries trained by J are currently serving all around the globe. Check out www.jtaliaferro.com for his most recent thoughts on mentorship, church planting, biblical manhood, Christian growth, and current events.

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#BookBlitz “Sophie & The Bookmobile” by Kathleen M. Jacobs

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Children’s Book
Date Published: November 19, 2019
Publisher: Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.
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When Sophie’s family moves from New York City to West Virginia, she not only has to leave her friends and the city and library she loves so much, but she has to figure out what will happen when she discovers that there is no library in her new town. But when she discovers something called a bookmobile and other new treasures, all is right with the world.

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About the Author
Kathleen M. Jacobs is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA-novel, Honeysuckle Holiday and Betsy Blossom Brown. Her other works include Marble Town, a book for the MG-reader. Her first children’s book, Please Close It! has enjoyed numerous awards, and her chapbooks The Puppeteer of Objects: A Lyrical Poem and Collected Curiosities: Poems, Essays & Opinions offer insights into human behavior and understanding. She is a former teacher of English and Creative Writing, and holds a M. A. in Humanistic Studies. She was the 2017 New River Gorge Writer-in-Residence. You can reach her through her website at www.kathleenmjacobs.com and through Instagram @kathleenm.jacobs.
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#CoverReveal “See All Evil (Academy for the Wicked #1)” by Majanka Verstraete

Title: See All Evil

Series: Academy for the Wicked #1

Author: Majanka Verstraete

Genre: New Adult Reverse Harem / Academy / Paranormal Romance

Release Date: June 2, 2020

On my eighteenth birthday, a zombie-like version of my mother told me I was invited to join the Academy for the Wicked.

Hours later, the diner I worked at was overrun by creatures that shouldn’t exist. Alec, a warlock, who appeared out of thin air and made a glass levitate – which is probably the least of his powers. A demon named Christian, the culprit who was behind my mother’s zombie-like episode this morning. Damian, the vampire, who promptly killed my manager, and Tristan, a necromancer who could summon the dead, and the most mysterious one of them all, a mesmer called Ronan.

All of them swore they would protect me from the nightmare that has haunted me for years: the red room, the throne of blood, the Queen of Maggots. I have had the same horrible nightmare for years, but now it seems the Queen of Maggots is no longer confined to the world of dreams…

With five gorgeous guys eager to protect me, I should feel safe, but the Academy is unlike anything I’ve ever had to endure. The students and teachers all keep secrets, and the Academy itself is a deadly trap.

To survive my first semester at the Academy of the Wicked, I will need to figure out who and what I truly am, and why the Queen of Maggots wants me dead…

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Majanka Verstraete studied law and criminology, and now works as Legal Counsel. Writing is her passion ever since she learned how to read.
She writes about all things supernatural, her books ranging from children’s picture books to young adult novels, all the way to new adult academy and reverse harem books.
Check out her website for more information about her current series and her upcoming projects: http://majankaverstraete.com

 

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#BookBlitz “Addictive Alessandro” by Anne Marie Citro

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Savage’s Buck & Doe #3
Adult Romance
Date Published: August 1st, 2019
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Alessandro Savage walked through the same maze of streets in the French Quarter that he had walked for the last few months. He carried two things: his guitar case and a bottle of Jack. Months of self-induced punishment, wandering lost, looking for redemption. At least, that was the lie he told himself. It should have been him who died that fateful night the music had died in the Las Vegas massacre. He could never have absolution, because he had committed a crime unforgivable to those he loved.
Family was everything to the Savage brothers. Alessandro had broken that sacred bond when he had killed his oldest brother. He hadn’t been the one to pull the trigger, but he was as guilty as the man who had. This was why he needed to get drunk every day to numb the pain. He couldn’t deal with not being able to go back to the past and make things right.
Ava Lombardi hated bachelorette parties and her cousin’s was going to be extremely painful. She was spending four days at Savage’s Buck & Doe Resort. Ava was a beautiful loner who had the ability to help the Savage family find Alessandro but didn’t want to get involved.
Getting Alessandro home was only half of the battle the other would be helping him to become clean and sober and stay that way. Ava had closed herself off years ago but not all ghosts were left better in the past.
Not all rehabilitation opposed to addiction were about abstinence. Could two souls that lost redemption find peace in each other’s arms? Would Ava be the one addiction Alessandro couldn’t beat?

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About the Author

Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have two beautiful granddaughters after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She worked with special-needs teenagers, that taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier than riding on the back of her husband’s Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.
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