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As Iron Sharpens Iron: Building Character in a Mentoring Relationship [Paperback]

By Howard Hendricks (Author) & Williams Hendricks (Joint Author)
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Think about the people who influenced your life most. Why did they do it? What did they do? How did they go about it? Answer these questions and you will be hooked on mentoring for the rest of your life. In As Iron Sharpens Iron, respected authors Howard and Bill Hendricks show that the most dramatic spiritual and personal growth often happens through the influence of a mentor. Rooted in biblical principles, this book is both a profound and practical guide to mentoring relationships for men. You?ll learn how to:? Identify the kind of mentor you need? Maximize your mentoring relationship? Model your relationship after biblical examples? Grow through the shared wisdom of another believer? Influence others as you replicate the mentoring processWhether you are looking for a mentor or wish to mentor someone else, this book provides specific steps to begin the relationship and make the most of it.

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Think about the people who influenced your life most. Why did they do it? What did they do? How did they go about it? Answer these questions and you will be hooked on mentoring for the rest of your life. In "As Iron Sharpens Iron," respected authors Howard and Bill Hendricks show that the most dramatic spiritual and personal growth often happens through the influence of a mentor. Rooted in biblical principles, this book is both a profound and practical guide to mentoring relationships for men. You'll learn how to identify the kind of mentor you need, maximize your mentoring relationship, model your relationship after biblical examples, grow through the shared wisdom of another believer, and influence others as you replicate the mentoring process. Whether you are looking for a mentor or wish to mentor someone else, this book provides specific steps to begin the relationship and make the most of it.

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Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 5.84" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 16, 1999
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN  0802456316  
ISBN13  9780802456311  

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More About Howard Hendricks & Williams Hendricks

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The late Dr. Howard G. Hendricks remains a legendary figure in the memory of countless Christians worldwide. In sixty years at Dallas Theological Seminary, Prof Hendricks is estimated to have taught more than 30,000 students, and through them now impacts tens of millions throughout the world. He ministered in more than eighty countries through speaking engagements, radio, books, and recordings (including the DVD series, Living By The Book). For a period of time he was also a Bible teacher and chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys football team. Dr. Hendricks and his wife Jeanne were married for sixty-five years, and he was the father of four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
WILLIAM D. HENDRICKS Bill Hendricks is President of The Giftedness Center, a Dallas-based consulting firm specializing in organizational effectiveness and individual career guidance. He is the author or coauthor of twenty books, including "Your Work Matters to God, Living by the Book," and "The Power of Uniqueness." He has written for numerous publications and shares his thoughts regularly at Bill holds an undergraduate degree in English from Harvard University, a master of science in mass communications from Boston University, and a master of arts in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the proud father of three grown daughters by his late wife, Nancy, and is now re-married to Lynn Turpin Hendricks."

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  2. Swindoll Leadership Library

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Developing a mentoring movement  Jan 28, 2007
I work in Brazil catalyzing a movement of mentoring pastors with the intent that they in turn will mentor their principal leaders. Hendricks book was recently published in Brazil. I gave a copy to each member of my executive team and other key leaders who work with me. It is the most practical tool I have yet found, both for those wanting to be mentored as well as those wanting to mentor. This book has done more to provoke, challenge and channel my thinking and practice of mentoring than any other book. I hope that those who read it will find themselves not just finding and improving mentoring relationships, but also spreading a mentoring movement, both inside and outside the church. We need mentors in our churches and we need them in the marketplace.
The Marvel of Mentoring  Apr 26, 2003
I have yet to be disappointed with anything written by Howard Hendricks. In this book, he does a superb job of presenting the tremendous worth and transforming power of a mentoring relationship between two men. While these principles would also apply to a woman-to-woman relationship, Hendricks is writing to provide support for the Christian men's movement "Promise Keepers."

There are two sections to this work: how to find a mentor, and how to be a mentor. Hendricks emphasizes there are many more men seeking mentors than there are men who are willing to be mentors. He discourages actually using the title of "mentor" when establishing such a supportive relationship, for fear it will intimate one of the parties. Instead, he promotes referring to the interaction as what would occur between two friends. Hendricks also describes how to spot a mentor or a protýgý, then how to avoid common pitfalls of such an arrangement.

For anyone seeking to learn from a respected male friend, or for someone seeking to invest his life-lessons of experience in a younger man, this book is simply invaluable.

Proverb of Solomon Rings True:  Feb 23, 2003
Prov 27:17
17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend

Here, we have the example of keeping our friends in the light of God and this book elaborates on it. Discipleship is the key to good fruit in our life.
I am sure many of you know discipleship from the New Testament but do you realize it is as old as Time? God wanted to disciple Adam and Eve and in return, they would disciple the World. This book relates specifically to the "Men" doing the discipling.
I was pleased to see how much my life and Ministry changed after reading this book and listening to the voice of the Spirit of Truth. If you are a man in need of a closer walk, pick up a copy of this book and see if you too will be changed.

Overall, I would recommend this book to other men of God.  Jan 22, 1999
Subject: Re: Self-Selected Mentoring Book Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 21:29:56 -0800 From: "Bryan D. Souza" Organization: Clovis Unified School District Newsgroups: pep.gsep.ed639.chaka References: 1

Mike Menchaca wrote:

As you all know, your first reading assignment was to self-select a mentoring book from this You can thread your postings from here.

It will be very helpful to the class if you'd include the following: 1. Author and Name of the Book 2. Three Major Important Points emphasized by the book. 3. Why you liked the book. 4. Why you didn't like the book. 5. Overall assessment of the book.

QUESTION #1: Howard and William Hendricks (Father and Son Team) Building Character in a Mentoring Relationship: As Iron Sharpens Iron - 1995 (270 pages)

QUESTION #2: This book is addressed specifically toward men and is broken in 2 major parts with a Mentoring Action Plan located in the back of the book. Its release was scheduled to coincide with the 1995 schedule of the national Promise Keepers conferences.

Part 1 is for men who want to be mentored.

This part helps the reader to understand what character traits he should look for when trying to find a mentor: someone who is real, creative, and captures your heart. The book focuses on the mentoring that leads to spiritual maturity with numerous analogies and examples of what character traits a man needs to nature our souls. Hence the title which is derived from the Bible: "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the other." (Proverbs 27:!7)

It identifies on p.63 "Ten Marks of a Mentor" The ideal mentor is a person who... 1. Seems to have what you personally need. 2. Cultivates relationships. 3. Is willing to take a chance on you. 4. Is respected by other Christians. 5. Has a network of resources. 6. Is consulted by others. 7. Both talks and listens. 8. Is consistent in his lifestyle. 9. Is able to diagnose your needs. 10.Is concerned with your interests.

This part of the book explains the benefits of having a mentor: helps you reach your goals and provides a role model. Where to find a mentor: at work, at college, or your church. How to cultivate a mentor relationship. The differences between a formal and informal mentoring relationship. The expectations both realistic and unrealistic. And taking personal responsibility for growing a mentoring relationship.

Part 2 is for men who are willing to serve as mentors.

This part of the book cites several examples of Biblical men (Paul and Barnabas) who felt inadequate about leadership, yet were very influential to the lives of numerous men. It explains the benefits of being a mentor: relationships, personal growth, and making a difference in the lives of other men. The roles of a mentor are clearly explained and "analogized" with several examples. On page 159 the book defines the mentoring relationship by using these practical keys to serve his protýgý.

A Mentor... - is a source of information - provides wisdom (as guided by the Bible) - promotes specific skills and effective behaviors - provides feedback - coaches - is a sounding board - is someone to turn to - helps devise plans - nurtures curiosity

Then this part of the text goes on to state how to find a protýgý, what to look for, and how to properly cultivate the mentoring relationship.

The Mentoring Action Plan found in the third section of the book is designed as a workbook to help develop Mentor / Protýgý relationships in a thoughtful and practical manner. It focuses on the art of mentoring in a reflective way with discussion and activities that can be used a a primer for mentoring relationships.


I enjoyed the many practical examples presented in this book. It is straightforward, easy to read, and can be life changing. It is one of those books that you want to go back and reread for insight and direction.


This book is targeted toward a very specific audience. As a man and a Christian, I had no complaints with this book. However, if I was neither this book probably would not be very useful or convincing to me.

QUESTION #5: Overall, I would recommend this book to other men who are wondering how to create meaningful, Godly relationships with other men.

This book is to enlighten men of their responsibilities!!!  Nov 11, 1998
Main Purpose: The purpose of this book is to enlighten men of their responsibility to mentor or share knowledge/experience, both practical & theoretical with other men in a constructive manner.

Content Description: The majority of the content of this work shows that through Biblical as well as a few secular texts that men throughout history have helped to mentor the youth of their culture in positive ways. Audience: In my own opinion this book is aimed at all adult males who have grown up in social environment that stipulates that all men are to be a "Lone Ranger" figure. There is nothing wrong with these qualities per se as I to was raised this way; however, one must realize that to better society as a whole, men with experience and skills need to impart their knowledge in a mentoring relationship to other men or young adults to better promote values and skills which are constructive and build a better individual and thus society.

Special Features: This book's target market is men. Men who are Christians or at least know of the Christian Bible. The skills taught in this book remind me of Special Forces cross-training methods. That is to say that each squad of 12 men learn their particular skills then impart their knowledge to other members of their squad. The squad (society) then grows from each individual learing these skills. This is the mentoring process.

Warnings of Weakness: This is not really a weakness; however, if one equates a Biblical reading Christian man as a mind controlled lab rat there could be a hesitation to the acceptance of the overall message. If one is not of an open mind, and only looks to secular texts this may not be the book for you. However, if you can read a Biblical-based text as well as secular texts without suffering from cognitive dissonance I think you would enjoy the message of this book.


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