Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Girl’s Guide to Life by Katie Meier

Katie Meier’s a Girl’s 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, I’m not a young girl or teenager; but, the book would have answered many of the questions I had growing up. The layout of Meier’s book (quizzes, fill-in charts, squiggley-line borders, and a nice lavender purple font) makes the book physically appealing. More important, is Meier’s 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.” I’m 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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