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Product Details

  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Csm edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416549692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416549697
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an author (Essential Survival Guide) and freelance writer.

I've been married long enough to have 4 kids, the oldest being in college. I love my family.

I've lived on both coasts and over 20 places in between, somehow landing pretty much dead center. Every place has had something good to offer. The best offer good food and a beach.

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85 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for my younger sibling, who will be moving out of our parents' house soon. I am in my late 20's, and I would describe this book as one that would be loved by conservative parents and used to prop up a table by those who are supposed to benefit from it.

If you are a parent looking only to put your mind at ease as you send your baby off to live on their own, feel free to give this as a gift to your child, although it's unlikely that they will read it. On the other hand, if you are looking to provide your child with useful and insightful information on living alone, you may be best served to go elsewhere.

The main theme of this book seems to be to promote a conservative christian agenda to a young adult that will be living on their own. While that is fine, the problem is that nowhere in the product description or on the front or back cover is this apparent until you begin to read the book.

- To start, Chapter 4, titled "God and Me," focuses on "Making Time for God," "Finding a Church," and "What Isn't a Church."...Other tips direct readers to websites like Focus on Family and [...], and they are instructed to 1st pray to God asking that he will direct you to the proper church.

- Also discussed is voting in your new area, which quickly refers readers to consult the "Christian Coalition of America" and "[...]" as a source for voter information. Take a minute to visit these sites. The underlying message is simple...Vote Republican!

- Then we move onto abstinence only education, providing readers with "Tips for Staying Sexually Pure Before Marriage," "A Case for Purity," and some intentionally misleading and sometimes downright incorrect information on STDs.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Valentino on April 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
While there is no suggestion of this on the book's cover or description, this book has several chapters that give advice on "how to live on your own" based on Christian principles. I felt that the author is suggesting that you must be Christian in order to be a responsible, mature adult. Chapter 16 "making time for god," 17 "your church," and 18 "your church your part" are blatantly preachy, but even in the section about "when you're more than just friends," Siepel piles on the religious garbage. For example, the relationship checklist asks whether you can "serve the lord better" if you date this person.

If I had wanted a guide to being a good Christian, I would have purchased a bible. Siepel sacrifices her credibility on the actual subject of this book because it seems to be evangalism in disguise. Please do not purchase this book for a non-Christian; they are likely to be insulted and disgusted by your attempt to convert them through such underhanded means.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By YoMama on June 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book covers a lot of bases, probably more than a young adult preparing to move out will need initially, but will eventually have to deal with. For example, information on maintaining a car will be useful for a teenager, but advice on buying your first house won't be needed for years. That said, parents would be wise to read this book too, using it as talking points for discussions with their young adult children before they even leave the house. Then hand the book over to them as they go, for they surely will refer to it often.

This book is, however, not for everyone. Its mixture of the spiritual and practical lends itself to some, but not to all. And the sheer size of the book - almost 400 pages - will put off some kids, and that's not the author's fault.

The Essential Survival Guide is a well-written, comprehensive guide that covers all the bases, essential and otherwise for the focused young adult leaving home for a life of their own. Believe me, the author has thought of just about everything! 50 Ways to Leave Your Mother
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christie on January 17, 2014
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This book is very useful and full of truly esesential information that often is not transmitted prior to transitioning to living on your own.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Topp Cpa on May 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found several chapters very helpful and wish someone had helped me with issues like: how to find a church and the relationship inventory. When I was in college, I was clueless on how to evaluate churches because I only followed my parents to their church for 18 years. The same is true for assessing if a group is a cult. Sharon's checklist is right on and very practical.

I could have used the "relationship inventory" in Chapter 24 When You're More Than Just Friends to test my relationship with my college boyfriend and saved myself a lot of problems. Instead I had to learn the hard way.

This is the kind of book a graduate should read before they leave home and then take with them to use as a future reference. I'm sending my daughter to college with a copy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James E. Barnes on April 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Essential Survival Guide definitely lives up to what written on its back cover, "full of practical advice in an easy-to-use format, this book covers everything from sorting laundry to choosing a church." I found the sections on car maintenance and how to find a doctor really helpful. I also really like the fact that Siepel gives more tools then advice. For example, she doesn't tell you how to spend your money; rather she gives you tools for you to make your own decisions. I am really surprised at the Christian bashing in some of the other reviews. There is so much covered in this book that applies to everyone and Siepel is never preachy. Besides, all you have to do is look at the table of contents to see the topics covered, plus Howard Books, the publisher, is the Christian division of Simon & Schuster.
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