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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: 7.6 x 6 x 0.8 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: #906,049 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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Great gift for for any young adult.
SLBerger
There is so much covered in this book that applies to everyone and Siepel is never preachy.
James E. Barnes
Sharon's checklist is right on and very practical.
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86 of 96 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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46 of 56 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Daubenmire on April 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wow! From picking out broccoli to determining whether someone might be headed toward suicide, this book has it all. You may think practical might translate into boring but not with this book. The subtitles make it a fun and easy read. I watched the author's clever video and after reading the book, I agree... it's like having mom-in-a-book.

I liked the spiritual component of the book as well. I want my kids to have their own faith and this book encourages that same message. The author correctly portrays a relational God rather than a distant being, unconcerned about our daily lives.

Making good decisions can help avoid some of the pitfalls in life. This book encourages thinking and doing. Practical sidebars and checklists walk the reader through the maze of auto repair, insurance needs and even stocking a kitchen.

The Essential Guide will be a go-to book for not only young adults but for all generations!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Abby Smith on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
As many others have stated, I wish I had this book years ago when I set out on my own. It has compiled information in an easy-to-use guide. I love that it has a glossary in the back to quickly find any topic you need info on. The space to write notes and answer questions is wonderful. This will be my default graduation gift this year and beyond.

I work as a nanny and my 15-year-old, doesn't-like-school, can't-wait-to-get-out-on-his-own charge loved this book. He wants to study it now although it's at least three years until he will get a chance to be on his own. I was a lot like him at that age so I can relate. For anyone who has a child who wants to move out, but you don't think is ready, this would be a great book to give them (or go through together) and get a reality check on just how hard it can/will be.

There are so many uses for this book, it would be a great one to keep on hand for each young person you come across.
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