A Girl's Guide to Life: The Truth on Growing Up, Being True, and Making Your Teen Years Fabulous!Katie MeierThomas Nelson / 2010 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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Lorrie Miller3 Stars Out Of 5July 11, 2010Lorrie MillerA Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier:This is a book written for a teenaged girl. It is supposed to be a guide in many areas of life, including self-esteem, going online, sex, guys, family, religion, and much more. I received it from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of review.I enjoyed the conversational style of the book. I also thought the author covered some topics well--such as the "sex and sexuality" section. The book is honest and has some good information for mid-to-older teen girls.The author seems to write for a Christian girl, yet I found that her discussions in many topics are lacking in Biblical reference. Often the author includes biblical principals, yet fails to mention that they are Biblical. Other times, she simply comes from a seemingly worldly viewpoint and fails to include Biblical principals. (For example--in the chapter discussing family, the author concludes that families need to bring up hurts and discuss them, even if it isn't pretty and may cause a fight. She fails to mention that families need to forgive and move past hurts and love each other as Christ does. The reader is left with a somewhat worldly taste of what a family should do to solve conflict, rather than a Biblical view...)Overall, I think the book might be ok (and even helpful) for some girls. But, as a mom, I would not want to give it to my daughter! I'd much prefer a book with a more biblical perspective. I'd certainly want to discuss it with any girl who reads it--but it might work well as a conversation starter, anyway!
Heatherly4 Stars Out Of 5July 7, 2010HeatherlyThis updated re-release is a great discussion guide for teenage girls and their parents. Divided into three sections: Mind, Body, and Soul.As the author herself states, "Each topic is laid out pretty much the same way so you'll get info, answers to questions, and a dose of sisterly advice with each chapter."There is no need to read this book in order, or as a whole in one sitting, although I can imagine it being a great book to use for mother-daughter discussion dates.Since my own little girl is only one, I plan on passing this great book on to my sisters-in-law to use with my young teenage nieces. It would be a great go-to guide for girls with questions wanting factual advice, and scriptural input. A definite recommendation for moms of preteens, or anyone that plays the "big sister" role to a young woman after God's heart.
Amy HowsonCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5June 26, 2010Amy HowsonCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleA girls guide to life is written for teenage girls. The guide glosses over a variety of topics important to the pre-teen girl such as romance, sex and sexuality, peer pressure, your rights and guys. Katie Meier exposes a big myth in each chapter and presents the girls with the real deal so they can face life confidently. I feel the information in the book is well written and a great stepping stone for mothers and daughters to use as a starting point on how to become a young women. I would love to see a small group of pre-teen moms and daughters working through this book together while they enjoyed pizza and facial scrubs. Honestly, though my girls wouldnt buy this book for themselves. The layout of this book is boring, if my teen had flipped through it in the store, she would have put it back and that is unfortunate because I think she would have enjoyed it. The book lacks pizzazz and eye candy like pretty graphics and funky fonts. In an age where you have just seconds to grab a teens attention I feel this fails the test. I do recommend parents to buy this book and challenge your pre-teen daughters to read it, but what would be even better is if Mom or Grandma would read it with them. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com 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 Adverting".
Lindsey4 Stars Out Of 5June 24, 2010LindseyI had low expectations for this book. The title is so ... cheesy. I had visions of after-school-special style dialogue.And, there is some of that. As I read, I tried to think, "If I read this as a teenager, would I like that or would I roll my eyes and walk away??" Verdict: I think it's okay. Maybe a little eye-rolling, but maybe not walking away.Otherwise, the book has advice on various subjects: texting, sexting (!!! I didn't have to deal with that as a teen), dating, religion, fashion. As a mother of a girl, I appreciated that the author encourages girls to really think about these things--and from a Christian perspective.Four stars.FTC disclaimer:I was given this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers, and was not compensated or required to write a positive review.
Destiny4 Stars Out Of 5June 24, 2010DestinyKatie Meiers a Girls Guide to Life teaches young Christian girls how to become safe and happy teenagers and young women. The book is divided into three sections: Mind, Body and Soul. Not only does Meier tackle the expected subjects of self-esteem, peer pressure, and dating, but she also addresses other issues, such as sex, sexuality, dieting, fashion, and online activity, that affect young girls as they transition into teenagers. I have to confess, Im not a young girl or teenager; but, the book would have answered many of the questions I had growing up. The layout of Meiers book (quizzes, fill-in charts, squiggley-line borders, and a nice lavender purple font) makes the book physically appealing. More important, is Meiers content. Although the book is geared toward Christians, religion does not overwhelm the reader. Yes, she does provide biblical support for her arguments, but a non-Christian could easily enjoy her book. Because much of the book is concerned with dating, I suspect some strict Christian families may oppose it. Personally, the only complaint I have about the book concerns the age group Meier is honestly addressing. Some of her language seems like it is written for first graders. For example, she warns readers that if they call a hotline, they will have to speak to a grown-up. Im pretty sure, most readers will know this. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to young girls.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.