Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier

Released: 2010

A Girl's Guide to Life is exactly that - an extremely helpful guide geared toward teenage girls covering a variety of subjects from social networking to eating disorders to dating and relationships.

A Girl's Guide to Life charmingly begins with a history lesson about a woman's "role" in society dating back to the 1950s and how it has evolved over the decades to present time. Meier then segues into chapters on self-esteem, romance, and eventually my favorite chapter entitled "Going Online and the Digital You", which indirectly explains how to be tactful and appropriate when texting and using social media applications on the internet. Kudos to Meier for smartly approaching this subject which is so important to address in this day and age!

Throughout the book, Meier has sprinkled throughout each chapter some popular myths and their accurate truths; for example, on the subject of prejudice and perception, Meier says:

Big Myth: Stereotyping people isn't a big deal.
Real Deal: Stereotyping people leads to prejudice.

A Girl's Guide to Life is a refreshing and modern spin on all issues and obstacles teenagers face; definitely a must-read for young women who seek direction or just plain factual information. I think every woman has possessed a book like this at some point during their teenage years, and has proved vital to survival during that timeframe (at least for me!). I was happy to see A Girl's Guide to Life avoid the usually prevalent diagrams of male and female anatomy and lessons on reproduction. Ha!

Furthermore, although A Girl's Guide to Life is geared toward Christian teens, it will appeal to ANY young woman looking to preserve values no matter what her religion. I largely applaud Meier because toward the end of the book in the chapter on religion she describes and defines each religion factually with no speculation or opinion. Nicely and professionally done!

Katie Meier is also the author of Same God, Different Churches.

                                           Same God, Different Churches

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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