Friday, September 30, 2011

Aletheia Writing Magazine TOS Crew Review

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Do your teens like to read? Do they struggle with wanting to read just for fun?  Do they like to write their own stories?  Would they be interested in reading stories written by teens from across the Country?
  If you answered yes to any of these questions just like I did, then I have the product review just for you and your teens.  As part of the TOS Crew I was once again offered the opportunity to review content from a Christian company. This time I was chosen to review and use Aletheia Writing Magazine with my boys.

Aletheia Spring 2011 Magazine Cover

 My boys are good readers but often struggle with wanting to read, they often say things like "Why do I have to read it is so boring." Or "I don't like to read." Sometimes it becomes a battle of sorts for me to get them to sit down and read. When faced with the opportunity to review Aletheia Writing Magazine, I thought to myself, " What have I got to lose?"  I was hesitant to say the least as I have tried just about everything to get them to read anything other than comic books or their Bible.
  When the magazine arrived in the mail I personally did not think much about it but the kids noticed the Art work on the cover and Taylor said, "That looks cool can I see it?"  So I handed it over to him and he immediately started reading. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself, but tried very hard to hide my enthusiasm because if he noticed I feared he would catch on that I wanted him to read it and he would stop.
   He called to Alyx and they started reading it together, I bummed I did not get any pictures but that would have stopped this wondrous occasion immediately as they hate when I take pictures of them while they are focusing, it throws them off.  So instead I just sat and watched this exchange of reading banter, the comments on the children's drawings and their stories. They did not move until they had read the whole magazine cover to cover. I was in shock.
  What happened next nearly had me pass out, they wanted MORE... Seriously could this really be happening? So I went online because I had read in the letter that accompanied my package that we had the opportunity to view the Summer Edition online with a special code, so I looked it up on my laptop and away they went. I am still in awe at how this little magazine can have this much affect on my boys, but I am not going to question it. Now do they not only like to read, and want me to subscribe to the magazine, but they want to write and illustrate pictures and send them into the magazine like the kids they read the stories from.
   It is so awesome to see them get excited like this about something worthwhile. So the $26 Shipping and handling included is a bargain for this amount of enthusiasm.
OK enough of my blubbering on and on, here is what the company has to say about their magazine.

Aletheia Writing Magazine is a quarterly publication focusing on the literary and artistic works of Christian teens, ages 13 to 19*.
We are excited to offer Christian teens a healthy platform in which to express themselves, especially in a culture that so definitively shapes and saturates their worldview with unhealthy imagery and values.

Moreover, we're interested in publishing teen work in a quality manner while preserving its honesty and integrity- we're not interested in dumbing down or overly sanitizing the writing we receive.

But whether teens use their writing to explore the darker realities of life or celebrate the brighter ones, their writing, in the end, must contain hope. Hope is what differentiates Christians from the rest of the world. They have hope that Jesus is truly who He says He is, and that He has conquered sin and death and all of the darkness of this world and opened up the gates of Paradise for humanity. So, even amidst struggle or tragedy, the hope needs to shine through.

In addition to the literary and artistic expressions of Christian teens, each issue offers a variety of unique features: a Writer's Challenge, the Featured Contributor, a book review, Glory to God for the Beauty of Nature, Ancient Ink, and an interview or other feature for edification and enjoyment.

*Aletheia Writing Magazine is geared toward youth ages 13 to 19. Because contributors’ ages vary, the maturity level of situational content may likewise vary.

 Now my boys that are reading the magazine are 12 and 13 and 15  and I was comfortable with that, although the recommended age is 13-19 you would have to use your best judgement on the maturity of your child . With that being said:
 If your kids struggle with wanting to read or write or just love it already you have got to check out this magazine for them to read. It has changed the opinion of reading to such a positive response that I cannot wait for them to get their next issue. You will not be disappointed.
 As always do not take my word for it check out the opinions of my fellow TOS Crew Mates


  My kids and I received a print copy of this magazine and an online edition in exchange for my review as part of being on the TOS Crew. Receiving the free merchandise in no way influenced my opinion or the outcome of my review and I was not compensated in any other way.

1 thoughts shared:

Sweetpeas said...

Wow! That's great!!! Can't get a better recommendation than teenagers reading it cover to cover!