Athena's Disguises: Mentors in Everyday Life

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Westminster John Knox Press, 1998 - Psychology - 147 pages
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In this wise and perceptive book, Susan Ford Wiltshire explores the multitude of ways mentoring occurs in our lives: through serendipitous contacts with friends, family, children, elders, artists, community peacemakers - even chance encounters with strangers. Using inspiring examples of several remarkable women who touched her own life. Wiltshire shows that mentors often are not recognized as such at first, and, in some cases, not until many years after their contributions are made. This book demonstrates how women can adapt to circumstances and fate in pursuing their intellectual and spiritual development.
 

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Contents

The Ways of Athena
1
The Attentive Elder
8
Family Members
32
When the Young Point the Way
43
The Saving Grace of Art
50
The Chance Encounter
68
Friends
73
Politics as Work for the World
84
Communities as Mentors
114
Hospitality to Strangers
118
Time to Be Available
125
The Journey Continues
131
Sources
137
Acknowledgments
143
Index of Names and Subjects
145
Index of Passages from the Odyssey
149

Instrumental Mentoring
104

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Susan Ford Wiltshire, Professor and former Chair of Classical Studies at Vanderbilt, earned her Ph.D. in Greek and Latin at Columbia University. Among her previous publications are "Public and Private in Vergil's Aeneid"; "Greece, Rome, and the Bill of Rights"; and "Seasons of Grief and Grace: A Sister's Story of AIDS".

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