Letters to an Apprentice

Letters to an Apprentice

A Culture of Mentorship


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.

Brody Holloway, Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters

“…candid language, clear examples, and real-life stories of how mentorship can be and has been accomplished.”

Jonathan Williams, Author, Gospel Family

Jeremy’s book comes at just the right time in hopes of cast- ing a refreshed and timeless vision of organic mentorship that seeks true transformation.”

Daren Davis, IMB

“Letters to an Apprentice is a powerful reminder of the need to be mentored and to mentor”

Dr. Chuck Lawless, SEBTS

I have mentored several men, but this book has pushed me to think even more intentionally about how I do it.”

Clayton Bullion, BSM Tarleton University

“I learned something on every page! At times, it seemed like the letters were written to me.”

Mitchell Jolly, Three Rivers Church

“…a moving account of how men and women have shaped his life, and I’m motivated to live like those mentors. I love this book!”

Daniel R. Sánchez, SWBTS

“Your life will be truly blessed and you will be seriously challenged as you read this marvelous book.”

Paul Chitwood, President, IMB

“…a practical guide on mentoring and a passionate challenge for every Christ follower to steward well their influence in the lives of others…I highly recommend it”

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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    J. Taliaferro

    J. Taliaferro

    J. Taliaferro is not your stereotypical missionary. Originally from a small Texas town, he has traveled the world for the sake of the gospel. He has more than 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 the 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 J has trained 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.