The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Life -Book Review

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There’s a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to

– introduce yourself
– change a flat tire
– respectfully break up with a guy
– leave a tip
– apply for a job
– ask for a promotion
– behave during a police stop
– create a personal budget
– calculate square footage
– wash your face
– clear a clogged drain
– iron a shirt
– wear a scarf
– shoot a basketball
– sharpen kitchen knives
– and much more

In fact, if it’s in here, it’s an important skill or character trait practiced by capable and confident women. With great illustrations and sidebars of advice from world-class experts, this all-in-one reference tool for young women in the making is the perfect gift for birthdays, graduations, or any occasion.

About the Authors:

Erica Catherman has spent more than twenty years mentoring young women as a coach to middle school, high school, and college students. Committed to raising up the next generation to be kind, confident, and capable, Erica has served as a youth group leader, community volunteer, and advocate for gender equality in sports. She is a certified Yoga Alliance and Group Fitness instructor.

Jonathan Catherman is the author of the bestselling The Manual to Manhood and The Manual to Middle School. An award-winning cultural strategist and a leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth, Jonathan speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults.

The Cathermans live in North Carolina, where they work together to raise their family, which includes teenagers and a couple of big dogs. Learn more at

My Thoughts:

When I got married, (VERY young, oh my gosh I was just a baby) I didn’t know how to do ANYTHING. I’m for real. Fold towels? No. Boil water? Um, no. Cook? Hold my coffee while I laugh, please.

My poor, poor husband.

Growing up, I never had any responsibilities, which probably lead to me being so ill-equipped and my husband being shockingly skinny those first couple years. Again, bless his pea-pickin heart.

My mom was wonderful with telling me that “You can do anything!”, and “Reach for the stars!”. I am the product of the 90’s generation, of business woman Barbie and all that. Yet, with all the encouragement of all the things I could be and do in my life, I never really got any true life skills.

Man, oh man, I wish I would have had this book back then.

When I had a daughter, I resolved that she would know how to do all those things that I didn’t have a clue about. Whether she decides to be an hematologist or a homemaker, my girl is going to know how to make a bed.

I jumped all over this book. I read it with my daughter in mind (she’s still a little young to need to know how to talk to a guy or change a flat) but I found myself learning so much, and realizing I’m doing a few things wrong.

I’m so grateful to have a handbook to be able to learn from, and then turn around and give to my daughter when she flies the coop one of these days.

I think that if you were the product of the 90’s (the GREATEST era, mind you) or if you have a daughter, you need this book.

You can pick up your copy here.

Don’t forget your sons! The Catherman’s deliver a great Manual to Manhood as well! Get it here.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Revell. All opinions stated above are my own.


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