As a mother, grandmother and former teenager, I can attest that growing up is hard to do. And in today’s society it’s harder than ever. Peer pressure is constant. Who and what is popular is not. Music, clothes, what’s in today will be out tomorrow. It’s a struggle to look cool and be popular. And where does God fit in?
A Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier tries to help young people make sense of it all. Back in the day mothers didn't discuss these things with their daughters, at least mine didn’t. I wish a book like this had been written when I was a teenager.
The book is divided into three sections – Mind, Body and Soul. Relevant issues are discussed in each. In Mind, such subjects as self-esteem, romance and disorders are tackled. Beauty and fashion are addressed in the section on Body. And last but not least there is Soul, where Meier talks about family, friends, religion, and who you’ll choose to be. There are conversations with real teens and helpful tips and quizzes to answer. It’s a complete resource for teenage girls. And it’s even updated with sections on texting and going online.
The author is frank about religion. Unlike many other books that shy away from the topic, hers talks about a teenager’s spiritual side. It’s certainly worth a read by mother and daughter and provides a good starting point for discussion. I would recommend it for Christian teen or preteen girls, age twelve to fifteen.
Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 22, 2010)
Paperback: 224 pages