"Letters to a Girl" Celebrates the Female Spirit with Thought-Provoking Prose, Candid Advice and Personal Images

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100 percent of the author's profits from "Letters to a Girl" directly benefit YWCA childcare, anti-violence, shelter, health, fitness and social justice programs for women and girls.

Making a perfect Mother's Day gift, "Letters to a Girl, a Perennial Celebration of Growing up Female," by Jennifer Karin Sidford, debuts this month. The beautifully designed, hardcover book is available online for $24.95 at http://www.letterstoagirl.org or http://www.threesonspublishing.com. 100 percent of the author's profits from "Letters to a Girl" directly benefit YWCA childcare, anti-violence, shelter, health, fitness and social justice programs for women and girls.

In "Letters to a Girl," twenty-one remarkable women with different life experiences share their thoughts, observations, hopes and dreams about what every woman and girl needs to remember as they maneuver life. Presented in the lost art of letter writing, each page presents a timeless gift for all women – whether growing fast or just growing old.

According to the book's creator, Jennifer Karin Sidford, "'Letters to a Girl' serves as a potent reminder that we have what it takes to be happy and successful from the day we are born and that, only in the day to day grind of life, do we forget what we are capable of."

Among the letter writers is a headmistress of a girl's prep school, a journalism professor, a single mother dedicated to becoming a battered woman’s counselor, a young adopted Chinese girl, a recent immigrant from Colombia who became certified in breast health exam education, a seasoned midwife and shaman apprentice, a previously homeless mother now studying at Harvard, a theatrical director and hospital chaplain, a student athlete, a world-class concert pianist and a Lebanese matchmaker. With their very different backgrounds, their philosophy about being female is common ground.

"Reading 'Letters to a Girl' is like curling up on the sofa with a blanket and mug of tea...now the dog climbs up with you and you pet her soft head, then the phone rings and your best friend calls just to say she misses you. Each moment brings a more layered experience of soothing joy, and so it goes as you turn the pages of this beautiful book," according to Hailey D. D. Klein, author, "The Way of Change: Finding Joy in Your Journey" and "For Goddess' Sake: Get the Girls Together and Have Some Fun."

Each letter addresses many of life's most precious realities: Following your dreams, making the right choice, overcoming fear and rejection, understanding love and marriage, resilience, physical allure, spiritual connectedness and responsibility, just to name a few. All celebrate a woman’s intelligence, spirit, heart, courage, strength and imagination.

Added Sidford, "The message from 'Letters to a Girl' is simple: You have what it takes to celebrate life right now. You are the most beautiful girl in the world. You are loved.”

Jennifer Karin Sidford is a columnist, author and activist. She lives with her husband and three children in Newburyport, MA.

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