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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Author Shannon Perry defines the word “stand” as: A. An attitude toward a particular issue; a position taken in an argument. B. Have or maintain an upright position, supported by one’s feet. C. Withstand an experience or test without being damaged. In her nonfiction book Stand: Staying Balanced With Answers for Real Teen Life, Perry offers advice on real life issues plaguing today’s teen girls. With a liberal, but not overbearing sprinkling of Biblical scripture, the advice given in this guide book is both refreshing and useful. As she relays stories from her own life, Shannon Perry draws in her young readers with assurances that they are not alone in this journey called life. She states that her goal is “to offer practical answers to situations you may face as a teen,” and I believe that she has thoroughly accomplished her goal. With the assistance of her Study Group Girls, Shannon Perry proves that she is a true teacher with a vested interest in her teen students.
I sincerely believe that Stand: Staying Balanced With Answers for Real Teen Life is a necessary addition to every girl’s personal library. It is an easy, yet compelling book that inspires the reader to re-read and highlight passages for further review and affirmation that God and life accept us, no matter what. Perry’s advice and suggestions offer comfort and common sense instruction for the very real issues of sex, bullying, friendship, and self-affirmation that are sorely needed in the life of every young girl. I wish this book had been around when I needed it most.