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I met Jan through homeschool co-op. Together with another mom, we were scheduled to teach a year-long class on life skills. Jan with her organizational skills quickly brought our lesson planning meetings into focus and helped to make the class a reality.
During this time she shared her heart with me to write a book all about women’s ministry retreats. I’m not surprised she has done just that with her new book, Come Apart Before You Come A-P-A-R-T. I was thrilled when she shared an advance copy with me to read and review.
Women’s ministry retreats are second language to Jan. She has 25 years of experience planning, organizing and executing retreats to bless and encourage women within her church. If you are new to women’s ministry or just need some fresh ideas and organizational help, this is a good resource.
Come Apart Before You Come A-P-A-R-T is divided into two parts. Part 1 leads the reader through basic retreat how-to information such as setting a budget, selecting facilities, planning activities, and selecting speakers. Part 2 introduces readers to 10 program ideas complete with everything they will need to do to recreate.
I’ve been to women’s retreats, but it was not until I served on the planning board of one that I understood the detailed work involved. If you’ve been involved with retreat planning, you completely get the title of this book. The details can quickly become overwhelming. Jan has taken all those details and put them in one location — you will not overlook anything with her program outlines.
This book will be appreciated by those in women’s ministry, especially those new to the planning and organization of retreats. If you are a pro like Jan, with 25 years experience leading retreats, you may even find a few nuggets and program ideas you haven’t done before.
The opinion I have expressed is my own. Jan did not pay or promise me anything in return for a good review. I truly liked the book and if I had one thing in the vein of criticism to say is the book is only available on for Kindle. As a notetaker, highlighter type reader, it would be nice in print, although I can highlight in on my Kindle.