We have used this book and it's previous version for our 6th grade girls retreat for the last several years. It is a very frank and open book about becoming a Christian woman and deals matter of factly with issues such as premarital sex and STDs. We decided to host an annual retreat when it became obvious that the girls were getting a lot of bad information from the World and were in dire need of some Christian based education in the area. The book is written to be easily read by girls of this age.
I have had several parents tell me that they find their girls picking up the book years later and going through it again. This book is an excellent resource when use with full knowlege of it's content.
"A Girl's Guide to Life," by Katie Meier, is just what it sounds like--a two hundred plus page guide for tween/teen girls on a variety of subjects. She touches on issues such as self-esteem, romance, beauty, fashion, family, religion, peer pressure, and much more.
Meier writes in a plain, down-to-earth, rather light-hearted style which makes it an easy read. The sections are well divided so that one could even use the "Girl's Guide" as a reference book. Each section points out myths that teen girls often believe and counters them with facts.
Meier focuses throughout much of the book on strengthening one's mind, body, and soul, to become the person one desires to be. While this is technically a "Christian" book, it could just as easily be found in the general teen advice section--Scripture references and teachings are not many.
As a mom, keeping my young daughters in mind, "The Girl's Guide to Life" would not be the first book I would pick up to give them when they are looking for information. I understand that Meier is writing to teens, but her language, while easy to read, makes it hard for me to take her seriously. And she does touch on some serious issues. I think a bit more gravity would have gone a long way. Her advice also tends to lean too much to the liberal side for my liking. That said, I do like the fact that the author touches on some more "modern" issues not found in some other books of the genre--cyberspace etiquette and eating disorders, for example.
All in all, "The Girl's Guide to Life" is a fairly light-hearted advice book for teen girls, touching on a variety of topics with a focus on find and being true to oneself.
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Going online, Guys-What's up with Them, Religion: These are just three of the chapter titles that Katie Meier covers in her book A Girl's Guide to Life.With the use of stories, charts, Bible references Ms. Meier covers the many issues that a teenage girl will face. She gives advice on how to handle the situations in a contemporary way using things like family, church, the Bible and God as your guides. In a very inciteful chapter she breaks down the different religious beliefs that a young person will encounter and states the truth behind all of them so the teen can make an informed decision on ways to handle situations that they will unlikely be presented with.Unfortunately I can't quote the whole book for you here. You'll just have to take my word for it that it is a book every teenage girl and every parent of a teenage girl should have. I wish that I had had it when I was raising my older daughter, and you can be sure I will be using and recommending it to my nine year old when she reaches those delicate teenage years. (Hopefully sometime around 20 or 30.) This is a book every teenage girl should have in their library.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
I received a copy of A Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier from Thomas Nelson Publishers and I found it to be a great guide for young women. It touches on so many different subjects. From peer pressure to sex to even the subjects of text messaging and the internet! I especially love that the author really addresses how to be cautious when it comes to technology. So many young women use cell phones and the internet on a daily basis, so I think its really important to touch on this subject considering technology is a part of daily life for many people! It was nice to see this topic as well as many others. Such a broad range of topics. I feel like the tone of this book is definitely self respect and I absolutely love that because sometimes young women can forget how important that is with all the pressures of adolescence. Unfortunately it can be easy to lose sight of whats important: Self respect and respect for others. I really think that reading this guide will remind young women of what is important and empower them. This is a wonderful guide that I really believe in. I think it can definitely make a difference in a young woman's self esteem. This book has an incredible, powerful message. I wish there were more books like this one!