- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Word Publishing,US (1 Jan. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849944430
- ISBN-13: 978-0849944437
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.1 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Girl's Guide to Life: The Real Dish on Growing Up, Being True, and Making Your Teen Years Fabulous! Paperback – 1 Jan 2001
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Presents advice for teenage girls on how to improve body, mind, and soul as they grow into womanhood.
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I didn't really love this book. I am going to let my daughter read it because I think it fills the need we had to find a book like this from a Christian perspective. I think Meier does a good job of broaching some important topics. I like that she constantly refers girls to talk to their parents if at all possible. I like that she spends some time talking about Christianity versus other popular religions and assures girls that it is okay to have questions about faith. But, I did not feel like the book was "Christian" enough. Meier refers to Christianity as a "religion" when she talks about other religions. And while she does say doing things God way is best several times in the book referring to sex, friendships, etc., I was left feeling like this was a vague reference. She didn't talk at all directly about a personal relationship with God which really does affect one's approach to topics such as dating, sex, etc.
One caution to parents: the book does have a good bit of detail when talking about sex. This was not a problem for us because we have already had detailed conversations about the topic, and, I hope, and have opened the door for openness in our family talking about this. But, for parents of younger preteens, beware.
Honestly, when I started reading this book I was waiting for the "A"-typical line of most of these books - this book presents the best way to do life. I was pleasantly surprised. Katie Meier's approach is refreshing. It gives teen girls the tools they need to get through the teen years with out sounding preachy. It covers topics ranging from depression to sex in a tone that is not condescending but straight forward. While it does present many view points, the presences of real morals and deep thought is there.
The way Meier deals with equality and women's rights is interesting. The in which she recognizes that there are roles which women cannot play well does not diminish from her discussion on the fact that women are equals to men and should be seen as such. It was excellent.
The one thing I would have liked to seen in the portion on sex is how teens who are reading the book, who have already had sex, can change their paths direction. Other than that, I can say that my copy is well underlined and notes have been made in the margins.
I think that this book would be a great read even for adult women who are still struggling with issues they never addressed from their teen years.
Needless to say, I wish I had this book when I was a teen.