Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stressing the Important Things

I remember my 20s.  Puffy hair.  Shoulder pads.  Yikes.  What I remember most is not having someone older to talk to--someone real.  Well, I made it through my 20s, and, now, my daughter is in her 20s.  As much as I'd like to be her older, wiser girlfriend, I realize that's not likely to happen.  When I read the description for Sarah Francis Martin's StressPoint:  Thriving Through Your 20s in a Decade of Drama, I realized this was a book I would have enjoyed during that turbulent decade.  It took me quite a while to get into the book, probably because I'm 30 years to old for it. I found it thoughtful and full of good advice. The formatting was a little too chopped up for these old eyes, but I'm confident it will appeal to my daughter's generation.

Martin's book is straight talk for young women who want to life their faith in a faithless world.  She covers topics like career, body-image (especially good), love/dating, friends and family, money, and spiritual maturity.  Each chapter begins with her introduction, then three "girlfriend" stories, and includes topic and space for journaling within the text of the book.  It's an active, long-term study, useful for the individual or for groups.  In fact, she has videos on her website ( to accompany each chapter, which should appeal to her targeted audience.

Do I recommend the book? I do. In fact, I'm recommending it to my daughter. I suggest you do, too.

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