A Girls Guide to Life is just about that. This book discusses many things that are concerns for a teen girl in her everyday life. From dealing with boys, peer pressure, friends, sex, and so on, this book covers it. It is like having a big sister wrap her arms around you and say Ive been there and done that and here is what you should do.I really wish I had this book back in my teen years. There is such an attack these days on young girls and this book helps these wonderful young women to find the balance and show them how to fight for themselves. Not only is it hard to be a teen girl today, its even harder to be a Christian teen girl. Katie Meier lists some common myths that teens believe and explains the realities of them. One example is Guys are just jerks. Ill just deal with their joking about my bodyher response is Guys are abusing your rights if they tease you about your body. I wish someone told me that when I was in school. This book is filled with them and with great advice that any teenage girl could benefit from. I thank Thomas Nelson for providing me with this complimentary book.
I am really looking forward to Kayla doing this book this year for school. When I got it in, I thumbed through the pages and was immediately drawn to all the topics it covers for girls. I think every teen girl should read this book. I wish I would have had it when I was a teenager. I could have had many answers to the questions I had.
I have to admit at first I was a little disappointed in Katie Meir's book - "A Girl's Guide to Life." Very little is mentioned about having a relationship with God and his involvement in our lives, and it has even less mention of any Scriptures or Scripture basis for any of the topics. One chapter is dedicated to religion and showing that Christianity is different from other world religions, but still no Scriptures are mentioned. Katie is pretty cut and dry when addressing the readers, which Im sure many girls just need someone to be upfront with them about life in general. Katie begins chapters with statements like, "This chapter isn't going to pull any punches," and "This is the hardest thing I'll have to tell you, and I'm not gonna beat around the bush."She does however address many up-to-date, time-sensitive issues in the lives of teenage girls such as texting and sexting, disorders such as anorexia and cutting, body changes including answering questions about breast changes and tampon vs. pad use, etc.My own 16-year-old daughter wasn't really captured by Katie's style of writing. She's read several books for teenage girls such as Jenna Lucado's "Redefining Beautiful" , Rebecca St. James' "Pure", and Eastham/Farrels' "Guys are Waffles, Girls are Spaghetti" and loved them!Even though my daughter and I aren't rave reviewers for "A Girl's Guide to Life," this does not mean God isn't using it! It does hold a lot of great factual, in-your-face reality advice that many teenage girls need to hear from somewhere! Katie addresses important issues that many parents may not feel comfortable talking to their daughters about especially if their daughters are in the midst of dealing with these sensitive issues, or you may know girls who do not have anyone in their lives to share this with them. Katie does give solid advice; I was just disappointed there wasn't more Scripture included to back up the truth that was given.
Now that I'm a mom of a little girl, I worry about her having self esteem issues like I had when I was growing up and how my husband and I will teach her to overcome these insecurities (or not have them at all).A Girls Guide to Life by Katie Meier, from Thomas Nelson is a book that shows girls how to be the best person they can be by having confidence in their beliefs, values and decisions.I loved the fact that the author was encouraging girls to talk things out - with their parents or a trusted adult in almost every chapter.This book is written from a Christian perspective and I can appreciate how Christian beliefs were incorporated into the book. However, I found what the author was saying in certain parts of the book contradictory. In one of the chapters, Katie discusses how one must always be open minded and accepting of other people's beliefs. Yet in the religion chapter where she describes the differences and similarities of other religions compared to Christianity, she says that there is no other choice but to be a Christian.Aside from that one chapter, I think the book would be a great resource and read for girls who are approaching or in their teenage years. It's also a great resource for parents as it explains all the emotions and realities of what it is like to grow up in the technology age (they talk about texting on cellphones, interacting on social media sites like Facebook and MySpace). These things weren't around when I was growing up but will definitely be topics of discussion in my home when my daughter gets older.Overall, the book was good and Katie did a good job of dispelling the myths of teenage emotions. Girls need that - not those tests in magazines that try to figure out "Your Perfect Guy", "Your Dating Style" etc. It was great that Katie shared stories of her teenage years and how she dealt with some issues/decisions - I just wish there was more of that in the book so she could connect more with her readers.