Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: She's Twelve Going On Twenty by Kim Camp

Book Description from

Especially for moms of teens and preteens, a practical, Christ-centered guide to helping your daughter grow in mind, body, and spirit.

As the mother of a young girl aged 9 to 16, you want a lot for your daughter. You want to see her soar in self-confidence and accomplishment, to navigate a safe course through the treacherous waters of school, culture, and hormones, and to grow closer to God while learning to rely on his Word. And through it all to maintain a warm, open mother-daughter relationship.

"She's Twelve Going on Twenty"offers a comprehensive, Christian approach to issues almost every mother and daughter will encounter: Identity and faithMusic, movies, TV, and the InternetBoys and falling in love, sex and puritySchool and gradesDrugs and alcoholClothes, fads, appearance, and body languageBoundaries and personal safety

Easy-to-read and deeply personal, this invaluable book draws on a wealth of experience, careful research, and a deep grounding in the Bible and Christian faith. "Working It Out Together"at the end of each chapter provides communication starters and activities to help you and your daughter talk things out and plot a positive course together for the challenging but exciting adolescent years

My Review:

This book is just 'OK' for me. I couldn't really get into it. I don't read a lot of books like this, so maybe it is just that I am not used to this style of book. 

I made myself read it because I got it free for review purposes. There are a lot of helpful examples in this book. I am not sure why it was so hard for me to read. It just didn't seem to be what I was looking for. 

It does cover a lot of topics including:
  • Identity and faith
  • Music, movies, TV, and the Internet
  • Boys and falling in love, sex and purity
  • School and grades
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Clothes, fads, appearance, and body language
  • Boundaries and personal safety
This book handles the topics pretty well and it is well written. I just found it a tad boring. I was uncomfortable with all of the religious references. I am going to keep it and refer to it occasionally as my ten year old daughter matures, but honestly I think that there are better books out there that cover these subjects.

I am not a religious person and this is a religious book. I was hoping when I picked it out to review that it wouldn't be all about religion constantly. I was a little disappointed. This book might be hard to read for anyone that isn't Christian. I would recommend this book to readers who are Christian and want a nice reference book as their daughter reaches that hard to deal with stage of life called puberty.

About the Author:

Kim Camp is the host and producer of the Lifersize video series for expectant and new mothers and the author of the book Fit to Be Mom. Long active in a number of charitable organizations, Kim maintains a special interest in the needs of preteen and teenaged girls. Currently she is on the board of Touchstone Youth Services, active in the Mother/Daughter Service Circle, and focused on raising her own teenagers, serving together with them in their community.
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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookSneeze for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. I did not have to leave a positive review.

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