I have encountered mentors. Some I have met in person. Others I have meet in books. Elisabeth Elliot (Passion and Purity), Corrie ten Boom (The Hiding Place), and George Mueller are some of my mentors through reading.
Elisabeth Elliot taught me about waiting for marriage, setting boundaries, and when to say "I love you." When my hubby (then boyfriend) and I discussed her book, we decided to incorporate her approach of love. Her husband was taught to "never say I love you without having an engagement ring and being ready to propose AND never propose without having said I love you." We incorporated that into our lives and the first time my husband (then boyfriend) said I love you, he had a ring and shortly became my fiance.
Corrie ten Boom taught me the importance of memorizing scripture (for I may not always have a Bible). She taught me how it looks to serve with gladness and what it means to love your enemies (she turned her childhood home into a refuge for those who collaborated with the Nazis during the war).
George Mueller taught me about prayer. His autobiography teaches me that I need to pray in line with God's will and keep praying until it's answered. I learned a lot about what it means to live dependently on God and to trust Him to provide. He modeled how to claim God's scriptural promises.
Corrie and George died before I was born, but their words continue to instruct me. Now I'm not saying that their books are better than the Bible or that they are equal to God, but rather, that in learning about their lives and their faith, I can get inspiration, ideas, and encouragement.
Who are the men and women of the faith that you admire, respect, or learn from? Have you told them thank you?