The Lost Art of Lingering by Rowland Forman

I’m delighted to let you know that The Lost Art of Lingering: Mutual Mentoring for Life Transformation, which captures a lot of what God has been teaching me over the last 5 years, is now available through e-books (Kindle), paperback via Confia Publishers (a less expensive option for those in the USA) http://www.confiapublishers.org/the-lost-art-of-lingering.html, or Amazon. For those in New Zealand or Australia, it’s probably better to order through me (postage will be much cheaper). My wife Elaine is handling the orders. Contact her at ejform@gmail.com and she’ll send you a copy with an invoice. We should have books available in a week.

If you’d love to not merely talk about mentoring, but adopt it as a way-of-life, then check this book out. It has three parts – Part 1 contains the “Why-to’s” of Mutual Mentoring, Part 2, ten “How-to’s” and Part 3, “What-to’s” (Resources that you can use to enhance your mentoring experience).

Every blessing in Christ,
Rowland

Rowland Forman has awakened the nerve that has long been dulled. In this seminal book, Forman ushers us back to Jesus’ design of how life and love were to be transferred: through thoughtful, intentional, even time-consuming mentoring. In a world of convenient sound bytes and insta-everything. The Lost Art of Lingering is a refreshing reminder that the true transfer of life only happens up close and personal.

Rowland Forman has awakened the nerve that has long been dulled. In this seminal book, Forman ushers us back to Jesus’ design of how life and love were to be transferred: through thoughtful, intentional, even time-consuming mentoring. In a world of convenient sound bytes and insta-everything. The Lost Art of Lingering is a refreshing reminder that the true transfer of life only happens up close and personal.

          Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, Senior Pastor,

New Hope Christian Fellowship, Honolulu, Hawaii

Author of Leading on Empty

Mention “spiritual mentoring” and most people think of a one-directional relationship in which an experienced person imparts information to one who knows less. Yet most people want mentors who will pass on something deeper than content: wisdom. And they want it in the context of give-and-take “mutual fascination” that recognizes both people as having something to offer. In his book, The Lost Art of Lingering: Mutual Mentoring for Life Transformation, Rowland Forman speaks to those seeking such a listen-and-learn model of discipleship. Taking the pressure off mentors to know it all and mentees to hold back, he provides a clear, accessible guide for ordinary people wishing to meet and share their lives in a way that leads to transformation. Forman includes primary practices, such as prayer, reflecting, and multiplying, in a book that guides, rather than dictates, meaningful conversations.  

          Dr. Sandra Glahn, author, Coffee Cup Bible Study series, Editor-in-Chief, Kindred Spirit

If you’re hungry for a life of discipleship in the company of others, Forman’s book is a smorgasbord of the finest fare. With a generous spirit, he embraces a wide range of approaches and distils the essence of ‘one-anothering’ into insightful teaching, engaging reflections and a host of practical tools and resources. This is a book you’ll return to over and over again in the years ahead, such is the wealth of wisdom it contains. This is the most useful and encouraging book on mentoring that I’ve read for many years.

          Dr. Rick Lewis, author of Mentoring Matters, Mentoring Coordinator, New South Wales, Australia

“Someone once said that the kingdom of God advances through spiritual friendship. In The Lost Art of Lingering, Rowland Forman sketches a beautiful portrait of spiritual friendships and provides an actionable blueprint for how to build them. Rooted in mature reflection on Scripture, seasoned with years of personal experience, and steeped in the good news of the gospel of grace, here is a book that can change your church, your relationships, and your life.”

          Brian Hedges, pastor and author of Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change

Rowland Forman’s book on The Lost Art of Lingering will be my #1 go-to resource on mentoring and life transformation. I highly recommend it for the mentoring novice and for experienced mentors alike. Comprehensive, filled with scriptural applications, practical mentoring habits, mentoring commentaries and additional mentoring resources, it will undoubtedly become one of the best mentoring handbooks ever written. 

          Linda Stanley, Team Leader, Leadership Network

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