I am entering a new stage of life. I am the mother of a soon to be preteen girl. Kathryne will be eleven this summer and is entering new territory as she grows into a teenager. Recently at a library book sale, she picked up a "growing up" book that delved into topics such as periods and sex and self-esteem for girls. She wanted to get it, but I didn't like the secular worldview that was quite obvious in the book. So, I have been on the look out for a book with the same type of content from a Christian perspective. I was thrilled when one of the current BookSneeze choices was A Girl's Guide to Life:The Truth on Growing Up, Being Real, and Making Your Teen Years Fabulous!
Katie Meier talks straight and honestly to girls about topics such as dating, sex, physical maturity, self-esteem, and being safe in real life and online. She approaches these topics from a Christian perspective and spends time focusing on making one's Christian walk a priority.
I didn't really love this book. I am going to let Kathryne 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.
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