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Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders

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Lauded for his thoughts, Augustine of Hippo (354-430) has influenced virtually every philosopher of the last fifteen hundred years. But his personal character and ministry are even more remarkable, for in a time when most monastery dwellers sought solitude, Augustine was always in the company of friends, visiting disciples and writing mentoring letters to those he knew.

Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by B&H Academic
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I decided back when I took a class from Ed Smither in 2011 that I would eventually read one of his books because I liked his sense of humor and the way his brain worked.

I appreciate the clarity of his writing and found the practical application in the epilogue really useful, but due to my having little prior background in (as well as little particular interest in) 3rd-4th century church practice, I found a few of the sections a bit dry. The dry sections were worth pushing through, though, becaus...more
Chris Krycho
Two stars because while the content of the book was solid, the writing was repetitive, bland, and obnoxiously heavy on buzzwords. In particular, Smither seemed unable to use words like instruct, teach, exhort, serve, give, impart, help, administer, lead, deliver, encourage, build, and so forth—opting instead to use "resource" (as a verb) in place of each of those and their various synonyms throughout the text. Similarly, he fixated on the idea of "peer mentoring" (what ordinary people call frien...more
Kristen Davis
Very insightful in regard to mentorship in the early church. Definitely worth reading as many points are quite applicable today!
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