2022-08-05T08:30:00+01:00By Yasmin Attwood
Here, English Literature expert Yasmin Attwood explores the different translations of the Bible and what your favourite may mean about you. From the historical King James to the compassionate New Living translation - so which are you?
2022-08-04T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
There’s a new social media app in town with no filters, no friend count and no visible likes and comments and Christians are loving it. But would you try it out?
2022-08-03T08:30:00+01:00By Denise Arthey
No one would have blamed Denise Arthley if she had been filled with anger after a drunk driver careered into her and her husband Chris, causing them both to have their left legs amputated. But instead of focusing on what she lost, Denise focused on what she still had with her faith guiding her through. Here’s her remarkable story.
2022-08-02T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
Breast may be best, but breastfeeding is no walk in the park, says mum-of-two Rachel Pearce. Here she shares her five top tips for feeding little ones.
2022-08-01T08:30:00+01:00By Woman Alive team
In our fortnightly column “Great Sexpectations” the Woman Alive panel answer your questions on sex, faith and intimacy. Drop us a confidential email on firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us anything. Here, we tackle; What’s the problem with sex before marriage?
2022-07-29T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Heartbreak can be excruciating, but as Christians we have God, who soothes and comforts. Here author of Notes On Love, Lauren Windle, shares some things that may help you if you’re trying to mend a broken heart.
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2022-07-28T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Gardner
Every 15 minutes a child comes into the care system. Here, Director of Partnerships at Youthscape and Ambassador for Home For Good, Rachel Gardner asks how we can all contribute to turning that statistic around so we can say that every 15 minutes a child finds a home.
2022-07-27T08:30:00+01:00By Woman Alive reporter
Many Christians feel called to live more ethical lives, but this is hard to do when 40 per cent of companies who claim to be sustainabile could be misleading customers and using the term as a marketing tool. Here, the CEO of ethical app ethy, explains why accountability is so important.
2022-07-26T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
When the world brands some food “good” and some food “bad” and we’re bombarded with messages about slimming down with fad diets, it’s hard for us - or our children - to know how to navigate it. Here Dr Kate Middleton gives three simple thoughts that can help us have a truly healthy attitude towards eating.
2022-07-25T08:30:00+01:00By Elle Limebear
‘The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep’. So says E. Joseph Cossman, inventor, entrepreneur and author, but a good night’s sleep seems so much harder to come by these days. Here Christian singer Elle Limebear shares that, after a life-threatening incident, she’s prayerful about sleep.
2022-07-22T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
When writer Lauren Windle felt convinced that she should give up praying and hoping for some of the things she wanted in life, someone asked her a very simple question and it completely changed her mindset.
2022-07-21T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Actor Ethan Hawke’s come up with a master plan to stop the war in Ukraine and it involves Pope Francis. That sounds a bit mad doesn’t it? But it’s actually not as wild as you may think.
2022-07-20T08:30:00+01:00By Claire Musters
Alongside her husband, Claire Musters offers pre-marital classes to engaged couples and marriage ‘check-ups’ to those in their local church, and together they have also written a book on marriage. However, Claire says the best piece of marriage advice she was given was something it took her years to accept.
2022-07-19T08:30:00+01:00By Louise Morse
This weekend brings World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. To mark the occasion Louise Morse from Pilgrims’ Friend Society explains why grandparents can play a vital role in the faith of our children.
2022-07-18T10:46:00+01:00By Georgia Coy
Former student at Bethel School of Supernatural ministry, Georgia Coy writes about the impact Beni Johnson’s life had on her and many others
2022-07-17T08:30:00+01:00By Shakira Peronet
Writer Shakira Peronet confessed that before she got married, she was clueless about sex. Here she explains the three things that helped her navigate her newly-wed sex life.
2022-07-15T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Being a wedding guest is an expensive business from travel to gifts to outfits to overnight stays, but the costs often start well before the day itself. Here, writer Lauren Windle explains why she’s sick of the large amounts of time and money required to have a friend who’s getting married.
2022-07-15T08:30:00+01:00By Victoria Hinton
Victoria Hinton co-parents her two sons Isaac, seven, and Arthur, five, with her ex partner Dave. The pair have managed to find a set up that works for them and their sons, and good communication is at the heart of it.
2022-07-14T08:30:00+01:00By Emily Richardson
In their forthcoming book At the Gates, Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Emily Richards heard from many disabled Christians about their experiences of church. Here Emily explains the key things churches could consider to help them become places where disabled people thrive.
2022-07-13T08:30:00+01:00By Pastor Marjorie Esomowei
Female leadership coach Pastor Marjorie Esomowei often finds that women are held back from leadership by fear. Here she explains that that’s not what God had in mind when he put the call on their lives.
2022-07-12T08:30:00+01:00By Woman Alive reporter
As summer brings plenty more drinking opportunities, Private Rehab Clinic Delamere shares the signs that you’re a functioning alcoholic and what you can do about it.
2022-07-11T08:30:00+01:00By Shakira Peronet
Writer Shakira Peronet felt challenged by God to look at her “mean girl” behaviour. Here she explains how she now feels that we are called to pray and encourage the weaker parts of the church body and be mindful of those on the outskirts.
2022-07-08T08:30:00+01:00By Maxine Hallett
Finding a partner is a challenge at any age but Maxine Hallett found dating in her 50s to be a totally different ball game to when she was in her 20s. Here she explains how she ‘got back out there’ and how she found the difficult world of online dating.
2022-07-07T13:29:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As Boris Johnson steps down as Prime Minister, writer Lauren Windle explores what God says a good leader and good leadership really looks like.
2022-07-07T08:30:00+01:00By Rebecca Chamaa
Social media is an incredible way to connect, but if you let it - it can really affect your mental and spiritual health. Writer Rebecca Chamaa explains the one change she made to help her use Facebook and Instagram in a healthier way.
2022-07-06T08:30:00+01:00By Morgan Brown
Student Morgan Brown felt that her Christian beliefs weren’t accepted at her ‘progressive’ school so she challenged them to accept her as they do others.
2022-07-05T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Tabloid journalist and author of Notes On Love, Lauren Windle explains that, while she can’t tell you whether or not it’s right to watch Love Island, she can tell you some things you’ll need to remember if you do
2022-07-05T08:30:00+01:00By Woman Alive reporter
Women are historically bad at asking for promotions and pay increases, but with the cost of living going up people are needing more money than ever just to get by. Here a professional explains exactly how to go about asking for a raise.
2022-07-04T08:30:00+01:00By Elizabeth McQuoid
In a world where we’re all encouraged that “you do you”, author Elizabeth McQuoid explains that we’re not made to define our own identities but for glorious dependence on our loving creator.
2022-07-01T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Feeling exhausted as you head home from a Christian festival feels like an inevitability, but sleep experts at MattressNextDay have a list of handy hacks for those who just can’t seem to get shut eye during the festivals – and they involve making just a few preparations and adjustments that could make all the difference.
2022-07-01T08:30:00+01:00By Louise Ryrie
Founder of Prayerful Pilates, Louise Ryrie explains how Pilates can help with mental health and emotional wellbeing. Plus how she found it to do an ideal way to connect with God with combined with prayer.
2022-06-30T08:30:00+01:00By Victoria Jennings
Victoria Jennings, founder of Bloom Baby Classes, suffered from post-natal depression after having her first child. Here she explains that it also affects ten per cent of men and what steps you can take if you suspect your partner needs support.
2022-06-29T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Dame Deborah James has died of bowel cancer at the age of 40. Here writer Lauren Windle, pays tribute to the tireless campaigner and recalls the one eventful evening that they worked together.
2022-06-29T08:30:00+01:00By Jennie Riley
Jennie Riley couldn’t help but notice that all the men in her church were all wearing a ’uniform’ of checked or striped shirts with jeans. Here she explores whether a consistent ‘middle-class dress code’ could be putting people off joining your church.
2022-06-28T08:30:00+01:00By Kathryn Slatter
Sexual violence is very prevalent in the UK today and the impact devastates the lives of those who experience it. Here, Kathryn Slatter, CEO of Lifecentre, a charity supporting victims of sexual violence, explains her hope for the futures of people who have had this life experience and how we can support survivors.
2022-06-27T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
The popular singer has been open about his Christian faith in the past and famously attended Hillsong church in LA. Now, the Love Yourself singer, has opened up to fans about how Jesus has helped him deal with recent medical problems.
2022-06-27T08:30:00+01:00By Woman Alive reporter
Love Island’s collaboration has thrust sustainable fashion into public consciousness, here ethical school uniform provider David Luke explains ‘buzzwords’ of the moment and what they really mean for the items in your wardrobe.
2022-06-24T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
Rachel Pearce offers her top tips for holiday bliss as she prepares to travel abroad with two very little people and a happy-go-lucky husband. What could possibly go wrong?
2022-06-23T08:30:00+01:00By Emily Carter
Reaching out to women in the sex industry is vital frontline work. Here, Beloved’s Emily Carter explains that in a time when women’s stories are manipulated to either promote or demonise sex work, they choose not to conform to either of these, but instead to stand in the gap.
2022-06-23T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As much as we’d prefer it didn’t, dating can get messy so staying friends with an ex can be a challenge. Author of Notes On Love Lauren Windle, explores when you should and shouldn’t pursue friendship with an ex and the best ways to go about it.
2022-06-22T08:30:00+01:00By Julie McAddock
Julie McAddock is the co-founder of Street Connect, a charity that offers hope to those battling addiction. Here she shares her personal story of transformation from being trapped in the depths of addiction with her children in foster care, to complete freedom through Christ.
2022-06-21T08:30:00+01:00By Angie Le Mar
When Angie Le Mar felt a “God prompt” to invite people to a walk on Facebook she had no idea that she was starting a movement that was badly needed. Now We Walk Wednesdays runs in 16 locations and there are hiking, talking, golfing and dining versions to connect people.
2022-06-21T08:30:00+01:00By Frances Kordonowy
According to the UN, the unprecedented displacement of millions of Ukrainians is “turning into a human trafficking crisis”. Now International Justice Mission (IJM) has warned that things are set to get worse for women and children as their resources run out and the risk of trafficking increases.
2022-06-20T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Gaming addiction in young people increased drastically in recent years. Addiction specialist Lauren Windle explains how to spot the signs and what you can do if you’re concerned for your children.
2022-06-17T08:30:00+01:00By Andy Kind
Writer Andy Kind is the father to two young girls, here he explains what he hopes to teach his daughters as they venture into the world.
2022-06-17T08:30:00+01:00By Rosie Tenant
With a master’s in Conflict Resolution, Rosie Tenant is no stranger to a dispute. Here she explains how assertive, compassionate communication always trumps your fight or flight response.
2022-06-16T08:30:00+01:00By Jenette Jadloc-Carredo
Jenette Jadloc-Carredo is Aftercare Development Lead for International Justice Mission in Cebu, working to stop one of the darkest crimes in the world: the online sexual exploitation of children. She explains how her faith gives her the courage to face the darkness, and how prayer is powering change.
2022-06-15T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As summer hots up many of us will experience that familiar dread that we’re not ready to bear all in swimwear. Here Lauren Windle explains why it’s time to take a stand against the ‘beach body ready’ narrative.
2022-06-14T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Many of us allow ourselves a sneaky snooze in the mornings but the pros insist it’s bad for your routine. Here Lauren Windle explains why getting straight up was not only great for her sleep but for her relationship with God.
2022-06-14T08:30:00+01:00By Rebecca Hunter-Kelm
Many of us shy away from talking about our ‘time of the month’ but writer Rebecca Hunter-Kelm challenges that idea. Here she explains why we have nothing to be ashamed of and how we can bleed as believers.
2022-06-13T08:30:00+01:00By Arianna Walker
We’re surrounded by motivational sayings like ‘be yourself, everyone else is taken’. But Mercy UK’s Arianna Walker explains that it’s too simplistic and people often use it to excuse bad behaviour.
2022-06-10T08:30:00+01:00By Teresa Weeks
Christian marriage counsellor Teresa Weeks of Marriage Care offers couples five simple reminders that will positively impact their relationship. Plus she explains the ‘unspoken messages’ you’re sending with caring behaviour.
2022-06-10T08:30:00+01:00By Janet Spencer
Janet Spencer had been out of the workplace for nearly thirteen years, caring full time for her adopted son, Zeph, when one day she felt a quiet tug to volunteer at YMCA Exeter. Little did she know what lay in store.
2022-06-09T08:30:00+01:00By Bekah Legg
The Istanbul Convention is a major human rights treaty ensuring women have the right to stay violence free. Bekah Legg of Restored UK explains why it’s great news for women but desperately disappointing that the Government is signing up to the agreement with ‘reservations’ that will affect migrant women.
2022-06-09T08:30:00+01:00By Karis Kolawole
Karis Kolawole has been infuriated by reports of people being told not to wear a cross around the office, but there is a far stronger symbol of our Christian faith and no employer can mess with it.
2022-06-08T08:30:00+01:00By Imogen Macdonald
In the midst of heart-break, Imogen Macdonald heard God tell her to set up a profile on notorious “hook up” dating app Tinder. She was reluctant, but decided to obey… and that’s when she met Kyle.
2022-06-07T08:30:00+01:00By Macaila Britton
After a life-change injury Macaila Britton thought her church would rally around her, but instead she claims she was ostracized and asked to leave for giving up her volunteer roles.
2022-06-06T08:30:00+01:00By Isabell Fisher
Children are often glued to a screen and getting them to put it down in favour of a book is a difficult task. Here Isabell Fisher, co-founder of Little Hands Learning, shares her three tips for getting your children excited about reading.
2022-06-01T10:00:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As the Queen celebrates 70 years of loyal service to our country, writer Lauren Windle explores some other things that she could have spent the same amount of time on.
2022-06-01T10:00:00+01:00By Lauren Crook
As a result of the supernatural power of Jesus, Lauren Crook has witnessed incredible miracles. Here she explains the perks of a spirit-filled life and explains that maybe ‘being weird’ isn’t so bad anyway.
2022-06-01T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Celebrated columnist, author and general larger-than-life personality Caitlin Moran is not a Christian and until last week hadn’t been to a church service. As with much of her writing, her observations were hilarious and often very relatable.
2022-06-01T08:30:00+01:00By Natalie Williams
Natalie Williams, co-author of Invisible Divides, explains that as a new Christian from a working class background, the most daunting thing wasn’t learning about Jesus, it was learning how to fit in with a middle class church.
2022-05-31T08:30:00+01:00By Natasha Rees
While porn use has traditionally been seen as a men’s issue, Naked Truth Project says it is vital to raise awareness of the struggles women face too and remove the shame and stigma that prevents many women from seeking the help and support they need.
2022-05-30T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Justice secretary Dominic Rabb published new draft legislation that will give victims more support as they fight for justice. But charity Women’s Aid say we still need ring-fenced funding, particularly for services by and for black and minoritized women.
2022-05-30T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Peddar
From the Shepherd to the Father, writer Rachel Peddar explains how the different names we have for God reveal more about his character and what they say about us too.
2022-05-27T08:30:00+01:00By Nicholas Whitaker
After the tragic fatal shooting of 19 primary school children and two teachers in Texas this week, American Nick Whitaker reflects of America’s reputation for gun violence and what it’ll actually take for the killing to stop.
2022-05-27T08:30:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Author and founder of #DumpTheScales campaign, Hope Virgo, explains that pregnancy doesn’t solve eating disorders and people shouldn’t assume that just because the baby is growing that the mum is mentally well.
2022-05-26T08:30:00+01:00By Shakira Peronet
Churches are supposed to be places that are bursting with connection and community, but sometimes they couldn’t feel further from it. Writer Shakira Peronet shares her experience of feeling lonely at the Sunday service and how we can all do better.
2022-05-25T11:30:00+01:00By Tola Mbakwe
As a journalist, Tola Mbakwe knows what it’s like to feel the second-hand trauma of horrific events on the news. On the second anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, she explains the effect the news can have on her mental health and how she leans on God to help her see the beauty in the world.
2022-05-25T08:30:00+01:00By Macaila Britton
Writer Macaila Britton was on the brink of burnout when she decided to embrace a month of Godly meditation. Here she explains how the experience changed her perspective on her relationship with the Father.
2022-05-24T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Research from The Marriage Foundation suggests that co-habiting parents were twice as likely to break up than their married counterparts. Writer Lauren Windle, takes a look at the stats.
2022-05-24T08:30:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
These days we’re flooded with messages about ‘side hustles’ and achieving big. Here Woman Alive’s Tola Doll Fisher explains why it’s time ditch the dreams of being a ‘girl boss’.
2022-05-23T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Katie Gaddini
Many single women feel devalued and excluded from church life as a result of being unmarried. Rather than allowing yourself to feel this way or worse, leaving the church altogether, Dr Katie Gaddini offers three things you can do instead.
2022-05-20T09:30:00+01:00By Suzie Kennedy
WW1 film Road Dance is a far cry from the sweet period drama writer Suzie Kennedy was expecting. Instead it told the powerful story of a woman terrified of judgement in the face of unspeakable trauma.
2022-05-19T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Despite sorry being the hardest word, the Bible is clear about its importance. If you struggle to make amends you’re not alone. These are the reasons people often can’t apologise, according to a relationship expert.
2022-05-19T08:30:00+01:00By Tanya Wylie
Christians are often portrayed as hypocritical, narrow-minded, and weird in TV and films. That’s why actor Tanya Wylie is careful before taking on characters with a faith.
2022-05-18T08:30:00+01:00By Anne E Thompson
Writer Anne E Thompson felt inspired to learn Psalm 22 in Hebrew in order to improve her grasp on the language and to test her memorising skills after a brain injury. But the real perk of the exercise was doing it with her mother.
2022-05-17T08:30:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Cheslie Kryst died earlier this year at the age of 30, after tragically taking her own life. Here Woman Alive’s editor-in-chief, Tola-Doll Fisher talks about her experience of the same functioning depression Cheslie experienced.
2022-05-17T08:30:00+01:00By Belle Tindall
While many have negative feelings towards the idea of feminism, specialist Belle Tindall argues that we usually fight for better opportunities for ourselves and the women around us but we should go much further.
2022-05-16T08:30:00+01:00By Sheila Jacobs
Sheila Jacobs was diagnosed with a debilitating illness that forced her to stay at home. But as she got better the fear of leaving the house stayed and she didn’t live a ‘normal’ life for years.
2022-05-13T09:22:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Fertility doctor Donald Cline, an elder at his church, inseminated hundreds of women in his care with his own sperm without their consent. And disturbingly, he quoted the Bible as justification.
2022-05-13T08:30:00+01:00By Paula Halliday
Plenty of people who are single at the moment are hoping to find a relationship and ultimately marriage. Paula Halliday, author of Singled Out, shares the key things every single person should remember.
2022-05-12T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Crook
We all feel low and worthless from time to time. But here, writer Lauren Crook explains that what the Bible says about us is far more important than what we say about ourselves.
2022-05-11T08:30:00+01:00By Claire Musters
During Marriage Week UK, May 10-16, writer Claire Musters shares how the most painful period in her marriage actually strengthened it.
2022-05-11T08:30:00+01:00By Thea Joshi
The media is riddled with skewed representations of OCD. Writer Thea Joshi explains the realities of battling the disorder and how indiviudals, churches and communities can better support people in their journey.
2022-05-10T08:30:00+01:00By Emma Owen
Callous words from an ex-boyfriend plunged Emma Owens into a desperate cycle that resulted in bulimia. Here she shares her incredible story of redemption and freedom from the deadly eating disorder.
2022-05-10T08:30:00+01:00By Kelleigh Wooderson-Hudson
Many people feel struck down by shame and self-doubt. This Mental Illness Awareness Week Kelleigh Wooderson-Hudson, founder of Life Essence Ministry shares her story and wisdom for those who are struggling.
2022-05-09T08:30:00+01:00By Natalie Braithwaite
This Mental Illness Awareness Week we’re looking at the best ways to eliminate stress at work. Glorify app’s Natalie Braithwaite explains three ways to recentre, stay calm and focus on Jesus while on the job.
2022-05-09T08:03:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Ncuti Gatwa has been named the next Dr Who - the first black, gay man to be given the prestigious role. But is the young star a Christian and what is his faith like? Lauren Windle explores the Time Lord’s relationship with the Lord our God.
2022-05-06T15:45:00+01:00By Keziah Joseph
Keziah Joseph was part of the team who devised and acted in ‘The Family Sex Show’, a play that hit the headlines after stirring up outrage for its sexual content for children and families. Here she explains why she supports the show and is upset by its censorship.
2022-05-06T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
Looking back over her Christian dating disasters, Rachel Pearce identifies five disturbing phrases that are a sure fire sign you need to run for the hills.
2022-05-05T08:30:00+01:00By Belle Tindall
As an American Supreme Court leak reveals plans to reverse a fifty-year-old law, Roe v Wade, which makes abortion a constitutional right, writer Belle Tindall explains why she is choosing to stick to the ‘middle ground’ with this complex issue.
2022-05-05T08:30:00+01:00By Rebecca Hunter-Kelm
Writer Rebecca Hunter-Kelm explores the increasingly popular trend of ‘manifesting’ and whether it can be done in a Christian way that glorifies God.
2022-05-04T08:30:00+01:00By Suzie Kennedy
Actress Suzie Kennedy has had botox since her late 30s and has always felt uncomfortable discussing it with fellow Christians. Here she explains why she chose to have the injections and the doors that her appearance have opened up for her to talk about Jesus.
2022-05-03T08:30:00+01:00By Penelope Wilcock
Writer Penelope Wilcock explains how to communicate through a disagreement in a way that honours our faith and shows spiritual maturity.
2022-04-29T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Bunmi Aboaba
Food Addiction Coach and author of Craving Freedom, Dr Bunmi Aboaba, explain the sets you can take to enjoy your body instead of constantly criticise.
2022-04-29T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Writer Lauren Windle explains why she decided not to leave her dying words to chance, but instead to record them to be played at her funeral and why she thinks it could be the most important thing she ever says.
2022-04-29T08:30:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Feeling at home in a church and taking part in community events and ministry can be extra challenging for those struggling with an eating disorder. Hope Virgo, author and founder of #DumpTheScales, give four tips to help people navigate church well.
2022-04-29T07:41:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
After marriage a friendship reshuffle is inevitable as you settle into a groove of married life. But writer Lauren Windle argues that married women often navigate this very badly, leaving their single friends feeling left out in the cold.
2022-04-28T08:30:00+01:00By Lucy Rycroft
Mum Lucy Rycroft was delighted when her talented son was picked for the local football team, until she realised that matches were on a Sunday morning. Here, she explains why she insists on church before activities for her children.
2022-04-28T08:30:00+01:00By Laura Douglas-Beveridge
Doctor Laura Douglas-Beveridge felt called to go and serve in Ukraine where war is bulldozing through communities and many are in need of medical attention. Here she explains what her three weeks in Lviv on the west coast were like.
2022-04-27T08:30:00+01:00By Loretta Andrews
Speaking to children about race in an open and appropriate way can be a challenge. Loretta Andrews, author of Talking to Children about Race gives her five tips for tackling the tricky topic.
2022-04-26T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Hanna
Disney Pixar’s new coming of age movie Turning Red explores many valuable and encouraging themes, but writer Rachel Hanna disagrees with one fundamental feature of the film.
2022-04-26T08:30:00+01:00By Paula Stringer
With the cost of living crisis gripping many, Christians Against Poverty’s (CAP) Chief Executive, Paula Stringer, talks about how to get through, where to find help, and the miracle of God in people’s lives.
2022-04-25T08:30:00+01:00By Claire Musters
As GCSE, A level and general end-of-year exam season is nearly upon us, Claire Musters shares some practical ways to be there for the young people in your household who are sitting exams this term
2022-04-22T08:30:00+01:00By Ros Clarke
Despite the Bible never giving her name, Ros Clarke explains why she is inspired by the incredible faith of the widow of Zarephath, who used her last oil and flour to make bread for Elijah.
2022-04-21T08:30:00+01:00By Alithea Williams
As the DIY abortion scheme is made permanent, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children’s Alithea Williams explains how MPs have abandoned vulnerable girls.
2022-04-21T08:30:00+01:00By Cissy N. Bwogi
Many people criticised IJM Uganda’s Cissy N. Bwogi for going to University. Now she uses her degree to support victims of domestic abuse including providing shelters for women within police stations, trauma-informed interview rooms, comfortable spaces, with equipment needed to record reliable, tamper-proof evidence for court.
2022-04-20T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Tiffany Bluhm, author of Prey Tell, explains to writer Lauren Windle how the church has become skewed in its attitudes towards women and what we can do about it.
2022-04-19T08:30:00+01:00By Claire Sweet
Christian money coach and author Claire Sweet, explains that there’s nothing inherently wrong with Christians being successful in business, having savings or earning good money – it’s the love of money that is the problem.
2022-04-19T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Recovering alcoholic and writer Lauren Windle illustrates the many elements of an alcoholics anonymous meeting that she believes the church could learn from.
2022-04-14T08:30:00+01:00By Jemimah Wright
Samaa died in a bombing attack on her church. She told writer Jemimah Wright about meeting Jesus before she came back to life and what she learned about joy.
2022-04-14T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
Rachel Pearce was worried that telling her daughter about Jesus’ death might scar her for life. Little did she know that the Easter story was about to take a surprising turn…
2022-04-14T08:30:00+01:00By Belle Tindall
If you’re hustling your way to success, writer Belle Tindall explains that you could be working towards exhaustion, disillusionment, and disappointment.
Every stage of parenting poses its unique challenges. Each fortnight mum-of-babies Rachel Pearce and and mum-of-teens Claire Musters compare notes on the ups and downs of everyday life. This time: tackling the mess.
2022-04-14T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Crook
Do you struggle to know what God’s plan for you is or do you find yourself in a state of constant confusion? Here Lauren Crook shares five helpful tips for discovering God’s call for your life.
2022-04-14T08:30:00+01:00By Charisse Cooke
Losing your partner is the most difficult experience and continuing with every day life can be daunting. Allowing someone new into your life can feel overwhelming too and possibly impossible to consider, here relationship therapist Charisse Cooke explains what to consider.
2022-04-13T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
A new Netflix reality show pushes couples to the brink with the ultimatum: ‘marry me or leave me alone’. Writer Lauren Windle explains why, despite being tempting, this is probably a terrible idea.
2022-04-13T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
Whether you’ve experienced discrimination in the workplace since becoming pregnant or simply want to know what you’re entitled to, this guide from Rachel Pearce should help.
2022-04-12T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
The cost of everything is rising, so while we want to mark Easter and Jesus’ resurrection in a big way - many of us don’t have any cash to splash at the moment. Here are some ideas to keep costs down and fun high.
2022-04-12T08:30:00+01:00By Claire Musters
The latest research from the Marriage Foundation that shows that even those who aren’t Christian are more likely to work on a relationship if they have cemented it in marriage.
2022-04-11T08:30:00+01:00By Tibz Adeniyi
Writer Tibz Adeniyi explains the she thinks we don’t talk enough about why some ‘compliments’ hurt instead of flatter. And says it’s time we stopped laughing it off and silently carring the hurt deep down.
2022-04-08T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
If you fancy online dating but want to make sure you maximise your chances of meeting a Christian, this is the list for you. Lauren Windle explains exactly which sites and apps the faith community is using.
2022-04-07T08:30:00+01:00By Alyssa DeMey
Youth With a Mission’s Alyssa DeMey talks about the significance of tattoos in her life, being part of a tattoo ministry in London and how she believes Jesus allows us inidividual choice when it comes to body art.
2022-04-06T12:33:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
The “no-fault” divorce law comes into effect this week and Tola-Doll Fisher, Woman Alive editor and divorcee, is conflicted about what this might mean for couples and their staying power.
2022-04-06T08:30:00+01:00By Bukky Ayoade
Many women tackle menopause quietly, doing their best to manage the symptoms. Here Vibrant Midlife’s Bukky explains how she’s leant on God during that time and that far from being terrible, midlife can be amazing.
2022-04-06T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Peddar
After suffering a horrific attack six years ago, Rachel Peddar was left with life changing injuries. Yet as they weren’t visible, she found herself having to constantly remind friends and family of her new challenges.
2022-04-05T08:30:00+01:00By Carolina Mountford
As we come to the end of Lent, writer Carolina Mountford reflects on the way the sacrificial practice of “giving something up” can be difficult for those with an eating disorder. Here she highlights the issue and suggests some potential solutions.
2022-04-04T08:30:00+01:00By Laura Grant
Laura Grant and her husband had planned to wait two years before trying for a baby until someone challenged her to ask God if and when he wanted their family to grow.
Every stage of parenting poses its unique challenges. Each fortnight mum-of-babies Rachel Pearce and and mum-of-teens Claire Musters compare notes on the ups and downs of everyday life. This time: date nights.
2022-04-01T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
The Bible tells us to honour God with our money (Proverbs 3:9), but what does that look like in practice? Rachel Pearce shares her thoughts as we mark the start of a new tax year.
2022-03-31T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
American Amy Mevorach worked as a stripper for a few months to pay her bills through college but her husband, a trainee minister, insisted that she didn’t tell anyone as he said his career depended on their collective reputation.
2022-03-30T08:30:00+01:00By Jermaine Dallas
Jermaine Dallas, founder of Sleeping Saints podcast, explains how the calming effect of the Bible and focusing on gratitude can help you get to sleep.
2022-03-29T16:52:00+01:00By Suzie Kennedy
Suzie Kennedy says we put far too much pressure on famous faces to be perfect and thinks this might be a good time to question why we put them in place of God in our lives
2022-03-29T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Poulton MBE
Rachel Poulton MBE has shared her family home with teenage refugees for the last five and a half years. Here she explains why she’ll be opening her doors once again to welcome Ukrainian refugees.
2022-03-29T08:30:00+01:00By Tim Bechervaise
Christian Tim Bechervaise has been doing online dating on and off for years. Here he explains the things he’s experienced women do on the apps which make it far more difficult to date.
2022-03-28T08:30:00+01:00By Frances Kordonowy
For traffickers, war isn’t a tragedy it’s an opportunity and the flood of refugee women crossing the Ukraine boarder are vulnerable to predators. International Justice Mission’s Frances Kordonowy explains what we can do to support those in danger.
2022-03-28T07:23:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As the UK wakes up to the bizarre reports of Will Smith’s violent outburst at the Oscars, writer Lauren Windle tries to make sense of the events and asks why he had to bring God into it?
2022-03-25T17:08:00+00:00By Joyce Murray
Joyce Murray’s chocolate-making social enterprise supports women who have touched the Scottish criminal justice system and gives them the opportunity to make a fresh start.
2022-03-25T11:30:00+00:00By Anne Le Tissier
When Anne Le Tissier adopted her husband’s child, she became more aware of God’s love for us all.
2022-03-25T09:30:00+00:00By Nothando Osondu
Many people are feeling the weight of anxiety at the moment, as they process the last two years’ pamdemic and the horrific scenes on the news. Christian self-esteem and anxiety coach Nothando Osondu explains what you can do to take care of yourself.
2022-03-24T17:02:00+00:00By Suzie Kennedy
When Suzie Kennedy posted about transgender athlete Lia Thomas’ win in the women’s freestyle, her large social media following expressed concern at the potential repercussions.
2022-03-24T09:30:00+00:00By Veronica Zundel
Premier’s survey of 800 female Christians revealed some exciting progress for women in the church, but there’s still some way to go before we get equality says writer Veronica Zundel.
2022-03-23T09:30:00+00:00By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
Broadcaster and author Ruth O’Reilly-Smith explained that when she felt at her lowest God invited her to journal with him and it transformed their relationship.
2022-03-23T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Friends is having a comeback as a whole new batch of teens follow the exploits of the six main characters. Here writer Lauren Windle, explains why she thinks you should let your older children watch it and why you should watch it with them too.
2022-03-22T09:30:00+00:00By Woman Alive contributor
Our brave contributor shares her story of domestic abuse and explains that she reached out to her church for help but they didn’t confront him, instead they just gave him a ‘general’ talk about married life.
2022-03-22T09:30:00+00:00By Helen Bond and Joan Taylor
Following the success of their documentary Jesus’ Female Disciples: the New Evidence, Helen Bond and Joan Taylor have written a book with an in depth look at the stories of the women in Jesus’ life.
2022-03-21T09:30:00+00:00By Helen Hodgson
Helen Hodgson, co-founder and operations director of Hope at Home, a national hosting scheme for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking, explains that welcoming vulnerable people into your home requires preparation, resilience and understanding and that’s why she’s concerned about the government’s “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.
2022-03-21T09:30:00+00:00By Woman Alive contributor
Smacking your child will be made illegal in Wales this week. While in England the government is encouraging people to call the police if they witness a parents smacking their child. We asked four women about their experiences of smacking and what they thought of the new rules.
2022-03-18T17:34:00+00:00By Bekah Legg
Restored CEO Bekah Legg prays that those living in captivity in the UK will experience the same joy as Nazanin as they find freedom and restoration
2022-03-18T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
It’s World Sleep Day (yes… apparently that’s a thing) and research shows winding down with a book is far better at bedtime than staring at a screen. A pre-loved book subscription is the ideal way to discover new novels while reducing landfill - here are some options.
2022-03-17T09:30:00+00:00By Steph Bryant
For those who’ve often dodged questions about science and faith, because it all seems too overwhelming and they’d like to get it right, Christian scientist Steph Bryant explains how to encourage your children to celebrate God through science.
2022-03-16T09:30:00+00:00By Jennie Pollock
In amongst weeks of miserable news, there have been great developments in healthcare. Here, writer Jennie Pollock explains why there’s cause for celebrations.
2022-03-15T09:30:00+00:00By Katharine Hill
The pandemic saw a huge increase in our, and our children’s, screentime. Katherine Hill, author of book Left to Their Own Devices? explains how you can encourage your children to have safer screen time.
2022-03-14T09:30:00+00:00By Theresa Grant
When Theresa Grant had the idea to put the real meaning of the rainbow on a t-shirt, she never realised that it would affect her own faith, and be a tool to tell many about the love of God.
2022-03-14T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Hanna
Northern Irish writer Rachel Hanna shares her thoughts on the award-winning film Belfast, that sees families struggle with the difficult choice between staying in a war-torn city or fleeing to unfamiliar and potentially hostile lands for safety.
2022-03-11T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Avoid these five faux pas if you want to keep your pregnant friends, advises Rachel Pearce.
2022-03-10T09:30:00+00:00By Joy Vee
With the terrifying events unfolding in Ukraine it can be hard to know how to pray, especially with your children. Christian children’s author Joy Vee, who lived in Ukraine and Russia for seven years, shares exactly what she would say to children who want to intercede…
2022-03-10T09:30:00+00:00By Sheila Wray Gregoire
Many women get frustrated with themselves for not enjoying sex as much as their husbands and for finding it difficult to reach climax. Here The Great Sex Rescue author Sheila Wray Gregoire, explains it’s all about listening to your body and warming up slowly.
2022-03-09T09:30:00+00:00By Lizzie Fraser
When our world comes crumbling down around us, we can respond from a place of fear or, like the Sweet Magnolias a place of prayerful peace. Writer Lizzie Fraser explains how she felt watching the second series of the popular Netflix programme.
2022-03-08T09:30:00+00:00By Woman Alive team
The Woman Alive team share a tribute to the women that have shaped them as we celebrate women around the world.
2022-03-08T09:30:00+00:00By Belle Tindall
With 97 per cent of women reporting having experienced some form of sexual harrassment. This International Women’s Day, writer Belle Tindall suggests we can support women better by changing how we speak about female biblical figures.
2022-03-07T09:30:00+00:00By Sharyn Borodina
In December 2021, Sharyn Borodina felt God speak to her about his victory, here she shares what God is doing in Ukraine, in the midst of the Russian invasion.
2022-03-07T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Chancers have taken centre stage with the release of Netflix’s Inventing Anna and the Tinder Swindler. Extiquette expert Lucy Challender reveals the things to look out for if you’re conerned you could be getting conned.
2022-03-04T09:30:00+00:00By Arianna Walker
Like Towie’s Gemma Collins, one in six people aged between 16-24 have self harmed. CEO of Mercy UK, Arianna Walker explains that self-harm is merely the symptom that indicates there is a problem that needs addressing.
2022-03-04T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, author and campaigner Hope Virgo shares her experience of battling an eating disorder and how churches can be more accessible to those who are sturggling.
2022-03-03T09:30:00+00:00By Annette Clowes
It can be easy to detach from the realities of war when viewing press coverage from a distance, but each person is a unique, valuable and beautiful life. Here is just one of their stories…
2022-03-03T09:30:00+00:00By Jade Reynolds
Mum-of-two Jade Reynolds explains that while being a parent is tough for us all, paralysis created big hurdles for her when it came to caring for her children.
2022-03-02T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
It’s the job of parents to protect and inform their children, which is easier said than done when it comes to a topic as horrific as war. Here Lauren Windle explores the experts’ advice for navigating the tough conversation.
2022-03-02T09:30:00+00:00By Amy Boucher Pye
This Lent, writer Amy Boucher Pye encourages us to explore the prayers of Jesus.
2022-03-01T09:30:00+00:00By Ellie Carter
Author Ellie Carter struggled to come to terms with not being able to have a baby with her husband, until she realised the part her faith had to play in her pain.
2022-03-01T09:30:00+00:00By Rebecca Chamaa
Writer Rebecca Chamaa not only gives something up for Lent but also incorporates a new spiritual practice. Here, she suggests six things you may want to take up for the next 40 days.
2022-02-28T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Tearfund’s challenge, The Great Fashion Fast, asks people to wear just 10 main items of clothing for the whole of March… but could you do it?
2022-02-25T09:30:00+00:00By Alithea Williams
During the pandemic, abortion providers offered “pills by post” without a face-to-face consultation. Now, as government considers making the scheme permanent, Alithea Williams from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children explains why this would be a disaster.
2022-02-24T09:30:00+00:00By Lillie Sutherland
People often joke about the “flirt to convert” evangelism technique, but here Lillie Sutherland explains that even though her boyfriend encouraged her to explore faith, it was God’s words that convinced her to follow Jesus.
2022-02-23T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Award winning artist Kanye West is all over the news for his divorce, his manic social media rants and arguments and his three-part Netflix series. Here Lauren Windle explores his faith journey from refusing to ‘put his life in Jesus’ hands’ to declaring that his ‘job is to spread the Gospel’.
2022-02-23T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
Author and mental health advocate Rachael Newham explains why we shouldn’t disregard antidepressants as God can use any number of tools to help us manage mental health difficulties.
2022-02-22T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
*Guaranteed in the sense that even if they don’t fall asleep because of the song, they will – at some point, eventually, once all hope is lost – fall into a light slumber that lasts just long enough for you to nip to the loo.
2022-02-21T09:30:00+00:00By Anne Buckland
As more people head back into the office for in-person meetings and team time, Anne Buckland explains why she won’t be joining them.
2022-02-18T09:30:00+00:00By Karen Lawrence
Author Karen Lawrence questioned everything when she found out her seventh child, Martha, had Down Syndrome. But in the end her daughter taught her about God, faith and what it truly means to be loved.
2022-02-17T09:30:00+00:00By Rebecca Chamaa
Rebecca Chamaa explains that when she’s focused on memorizing her weekly verse, her mind is clear of other thoughts, offering relief from her worries, concerns and catastrophic thinking.
2022-02-16T09:30:00+00:00By Sheila Wray Gregoire
Feeling guilty that your sex drive isn’t as high as your husband’s? Writer Sheila Wray Gregoire explains that there are often two reasons for a low libido, one is down to you and the other is down to him.
2022-02-15T09:30:00+00:00By Rosie Gillum
Rosie Gillum reflects on the devastating effects of sex trafficking and modern slavery after watching the BBC’s Sold: The Sex Slaves Next Door.
2022-02-15T09:30:00+00:00By Belle Tindall
Being the only woman in an all male environment can be daunting. Belle Tindall reminds us that Jesus publicly affirmed women in male spaces and that is all the encouragment we need.
2022-02-14T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
On the day that is designated to celebrate love, Lauren Windle explains why she is all for Valentine’s Day but thinks it should be kept out of our places of worship.
2022-02-14T09:30:00+00:00By Michele D Morrison
Singer song-writer Kira was full of challenging questions of faith and was eager to meet a husband. She met a man and they were married 30 days later. Here she tells Michele Morrison her story.
2022-02-14T09:30:00+00:00By Jemimah Wright
After years of singleness, Jemimah Wright shares about the anticipation of her first valentine’s day as a married woman.
2022-02-11T14:50:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
American pastor Brian Sauvé sent Twitter into uproar with a post about how women dress on social media this week. Here Woman Alive’s editor Tola-Doll Fisher explains why she thinks he should be more focused on developing personal wisdom than telling others how to dress.
2022-02-11T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Matthews
Some who catch COVID hunker down for a few days while the cold symptoms subside but for Rachel Matthews and her husband, who is in a high risk category, it was far more terrifying. Here she explains what happened when the virus hit her household.
2022-02-10T09:30:00+00:00By Clare Luther
Clare Luther made the counter-cultural decision not to have a smart phone when her children were young. Here she explains the benefits it had for her family.
2022-02-09T09:30:00+00:00By Marcia Dixon MBE
In 1988 Marcia Dixon was a student who wrote a gospel music column, more than 30 years on she is a celebrated journalist who has just been awarded an MBE for inter faith relations. She reflects on the journey for Woman Alive.
2022-02-08T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
After watching the new Disney+ series about the leaked Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee sex tape, writer Lauren Windle explains that the spotlight should not be on the famous couple, but on those who sought sexual gratification from their misfortune.
2022-02-08T09:30:00+00:00By Claire Musters
Claire Musters wonders how much our feelings towards our ageing bodies reflect the culture we are living in and suggests the Church should be providing a better narrative.
2022-02-07T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
The shocking documentary exposes a conman who manipulated women into giving him thousands. Writer Lauren Windle explains why it would be foolish for Christians not to heed the warning.
2022-02-07T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
With UK households set to fork out an average of £693 more a year on gas and electricity, Rachel Pearce looks for ways to soften the latest punch to your purse
2022-02-04T09:30:00+00:00By Rebecca Hunter-Kelm
The latest trend of ‘Conscious Parenting’ may sound like a passing craze to be ignored. But mum-of-three Rebecca Hunter-Kelm explains how doing it with Jesus can be transformational.
2022-02-03T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
A new helpline has been set up to help women feel safe as they walk home. Rachel Pearce explores why this is needed and considers other ways we can effect change in this area.
2022-02-03T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Campaigner Hope Virgo explains that even if you can’t spot it, there may be people in your church struggling with an eating disorder and this is how to support them.
2022-02-02T09:30:00+00:00By Becky Merriman
After three years of lonliness and feeling she had no value, Becky Merriman took a job as a connector with the YMCA. Now she helps others rediscover their self-worth and find community.
2022-02-02T09:28:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
After a series of racist, misogynistic and violent WhatsApp messages by police officers were released this week, Lauren Windle says we should shift our focus when hiring for the force.
2022-02-01T09:30:00+00:00By Rebecca Chamaa
Despite many feeling their phone is a barrier in their spiritual life, Rebecca Chamaa found a deeper connection to Jesus with the help of apps.
2022-01-31T09:30:00+00:00By Susanna Raj
Susanna Raj deepened her faith at a Christian women’s conference, but when she tried to tap into the same message online all she found was posts about finding your worth and your beauty. Here she explains why women need so much more.
2022-01-28T09:30:00+00:00By Annabel Clarke
Author and chartered psychologist Annabel Clarke explains how fewer Christian men can affect individuals, families and the Church.
2022-01-27T09:30:00+00:00By Amanda Savory
Disappointed by the unexpected COVID-induced changes to their plans, Amanda and Nathan Savory prayed for guidance and decided to take a risk and start a business.
2022-01-26T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Writer Lauren Windle, explains why the latest fad ‘Wordle’ is so much more than just a brainteaser, but a wholesome connector of people.
2022-01-26T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
After recent updates to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on depression, Kintsugi Hope’s Rachael Newham explains that they’re a start but church and community have a vital part to play in people’s recovery.
2022-01-25T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Paralympic long jump world record holder Stef Reid is braving the ice in ITV’s hit show, but it hasn’t all been glitz and glamour for the sportsperson who lost her leg in a boating accident at the age of 15
2022-01-25T09:30:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Gaynor Lochhead was drowning in debt and out of control, but she’s back on her feet and determined to help others break free
2022-01-24T12:59:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Rest is biblical and the new four day working week will be a blessing to many. But writer Lauren Windle asks if it will be accessible to all shift workers and those in lower paid jobs or just those who sit at a desk.
2022-01-24T09:30:00+00:00By Claire Musters
In our final blog looking at different ways to connect with God, Claire Musters shares how thankfulness has helped her in some difficult seasons.
2022-01-21T09:30:00+00:00By Jerusha Mather
Dating with a disability comes with its own challenges. Jerusha Mather explains that when it comes to romance, the power to include is in each of our hands.
2022-01-20T09:30:00+00:00By Bev Taylor
Bev Taylor, director of strategy for the National Academy for Social Prescribing, reveals how vital social prescribing is going to be to our society going forward and says churches have already been successfully engaging in it for centuries.
2022-01-19T09:30:00+00:00By Woman Alive reporter
Two healthcare professionals share their reasons for not wanting to take the COVID 19 vaccine, and explain the repercussions on them and their families.
2022-01-18T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Famously atheist, Ricky Gervais undoubtedly doesn’t believe in the ‘after life’ but his dry humour and raw honesty is a reminder that working through bereavement can be slow and agonising.
2022-01-18T09:30:00+00:00By Jenny Sanders
As the government announces plans to restore the country ‘back to normal’ many of us fear our mental health won’t be able to rebound so easily. Jenny Sanders explains that God knows how to comfort those in despair and has a message of hope for us all.
2022-01-17T09:30:00+00:00By Amy Boucher Pye
In our series on finding ways to connect with God, Amy Boucher Pye shares how she came to value the ancient practice of lectio divina, praying through the Bible.
2022-01-17T09:30:00+00:00By Nothando Osondu
It may be ‘Blue Monday’ but writer Nothando explains why we need to step away from comparison and low self-esteem and embrace God’s promise of life to the full.
2022-01-14T09:30:00+00:00By Sarah Lang
Research shows that an infertility diagnosis can cause the same level of physiological stress as that of terminal cancer. Here Rhythm of Hope’s Sarah Lang, offers insight into the pain of trying for a child and encouragement for those losing hope.
2022-01-12T09:30:00+00:00By Elizabeth Neep
Did you put ‘do more reading’ on your 2022 goals list? Well help is at hand as publisher and fiction writer Elizabeth Neep highlights the ten books she is eagerly anticipating this year.
2022-01-12T09:20:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Research suggests that the number of unmarried Christians under the age of 35 who are having sex, has risen from 20% in 2008 to nearly 60% in 2021. Author Carrie Lloyd spoke to Woman Alive about abstinence and why we shouldn’t give up on it.
2022-01-11T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Oven gloves at the ready… we’re making a Platinum jubilee pudding! And it’s just the kind of wholesome fun writer Lauren Windle loves.
2022-01-10T11:51:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Last night’s Golden Globes were nothing like the lavish ceremony of previous years, after a slew of scandals and accusations hit the organisers. With many winners not acknowledging their awards in protest, writer Lauren Windle ponders if she would do the same.
2022-01-10T09:30:00+00:00By Claire Musters
In the next of our series on finding different ways to connect with God, Claire Musters shares how she came across the ancient practice of the Daily Examen and how she has come to value it.
2022-01-07T09:30:00+00:00By Lizzie Fraser
Lizzy Fraser explains the power of importance of adoption from her own experience with her brothers, and adopting two children herself.
2022-01-06T09:30:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
From kicking off when her family missed a service to dictating how she did her hair, Tola Doll Fisher’s pastor showed some seriously problematic behaviours. Here’s how to work out if you’re in a church cult.
2022-01-05T09:42:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Netflix’s star-studded film Don’t Look Up paints a grim picture of the human response to end times. But, despite the chaos, writer Lauren Windle was moved when the political satire included a touching tribute to God.
2022-01-05T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
When writer Lauren Windle contracted Omicron she was gutted, but after a few days of coughing in bed she realised that COVID could teach her a lesson about time management.
2022-01-05T09:30:00+00:00By Clare Luther
Despite the constant messages that mums need ’wine o’clock’ just to get by, as Christians we know Jesus offers a radically different perspective and dialogue, says author Clare Luther.
2022-01-04T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Those struggling with an eating disorder don’t always get the sensitive response they hope for from the Church, here are the things that we should all know.
2022-01-03T09:35:00+00:00By Katharine Hill
Worried about how much time your children spend on their computers and their phones? Katherine Hill explains how to put healthy technology boundaries in place with your kids.
2022-01-03T09:30:00+00:00By Claire Musters
In the first of a series of blogs during January looking at different ways to connect with God, Claire Musters shares how choosing one word to focus on each year has impacted her.
2021-12-30T09:45:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Nine million people tuned in to watch The Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day, making it the most-watched festive broadcast. A pre-speech leak had suggested that this year’s address would be a more personal affair than usual, and her majesty did not disappoint
2021-12-29T08:30:00+00:00By Belle Tindall
If you’ve already started packing up your baubles and taking down the tealights, stop right there. Belle Tindall explains that Christmas lasts a full twelve days and it isn’t over yet.
2021-12-24T09:36:00+00:00By Anne Le Tissier
As many of us grapple with feelings of disappointment, uncertainty, fear and rejection, author Anne Le Tissier encourages us to pray with confidence, peace and faith in God who is for us, and not against us.
2021-12-24T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Got a present you aren’t going to use? Writer Lauren Windle explains why she thinks we should all be giving unwanted gifts a ‘second life’.
2021-12-24T09:30:00+00:00By Amy Boucher Pye
For many the festive season is marred with pain, separation and loss. Writer Amy Boucher Pye encourages those experiencing a ‘blue Christmas’ to embrace lament and wishes them a ‘Happy Christmas anyway’.
2021-12-23T09:30:00+00:00By Sarah Jones
Mum-of-three, Sarah Jones, always knew she wanted to stay home with her children and set up her family and finances so that she could. Now, six years in, she explains why, despite not being able to afford the insta-worthy house and regular manicures, she wouldn’t change a thing.
2021-12-23T09:30:00+00:00By Charlotte Trefusis
It’s estimated that more than 100,000 people are being held in modern slavery in the UK. Justice and Care’s Charlotte Trefusis, explains what Christmas is like for someone who is trapped.
2021-12-23T09:25:00+00:00By Kate Patterson
Boris may have promised us Christmas, but nothing feels certain at the moment. Concious that many of us are struggling with the idea of potential lockdowns, restrictions and the risk of illness, author Kate Patterson reminds us that, while the world is uncertain, God’s love isn’t.
2021-12-22T16:26:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Many people were rocked by the news that celibacy advocates and Christian celebrity couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin are separating. But Tola Doll Fisher asks why it’s so much more appealing for us to follow a highly visible, beautiful, golden couple than the Bible.
2021-12-22T09:35:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Billie Eilish offers an important reminder that it’s not just men who are affected by porn, it’s women too. Lauren Windle explores what the church can do about it.
2021-12-22T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
With constant controversy surrounding Amazon, including the death of six of their warehouse employees last week, Christians are asking whether they should keep shopping with the e-commerce giant. Writer Lauren Windle weighs up the pros and cons.
2021-12-21T09:35:00+00:00By Dr Sharon James
The government’s proposals for a broad ‘conversion therapy’ ban could result in criminalising the ordinary work of churches. Dr Sharon James explains that the new law could include some prayer, preaching and pastoral care.
2021-12-21T09:30:00+00:00By Helen Stephens
As we put up Christmas trees, write our cards and buy gifts, there is a growing call that we need to do this in a more ethical and sustainable way. While we may accept changes that we can make in our own lives and shopping habits, Helen Stephens, Head of Eco Church, asks does it really need to extend to our churches?
2021-12-20T14:55:00+00:00By Lucy Brierley
‘If you take “Christ” out of “Christmas” you’re left with just “M&S”!’ jokes Revd Lucy Brierley, as she explains why a bright Marks’ jumper became the unofficial clergy uniform this festive season.
2021-12-20T09:36:00+00:00By Ali Lawrence
The Strictly Come Dancing final 2021 was an historic moment in television, and it was especially significant for the deaf community. Deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and her professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice defied all expectations by winning the trophy on the night, and they deserved every inch of the glitterball!
2021-12-17T17:28:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Following the release of And Just Like That, two women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against actor Chris Noth, aka Mr Big. Writer Lauren Windle discusses what this means for the alleged victims and the show
2021-12-17T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Everyone knows the TV bosses up their game over the festive period in a bid to get our attention, here’s Lauren Windle’s round up of the best telly on offer this Christmas.
2021-12-16T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Dreading facing your family festivities without a partner again this year? Don’t worry, we know how you feel.
2021-12-15T09:30:00+00:00By Rosemary Hector
Uncouth, unclean and tattily dressed, the shepards would have been the last people you’d want to vouch for you, and yet Jesus revealed himself to them first. Rosemary Hector reflects on the radical nature of the way Jesus came to earth.
2021-12-14T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
As Christians we can sometimes be tricked into believing that Jesus came to make us happy. Writer Rachael Newham explains how the prosperity gospel has crept into our thinking, when really Jesus’ promise is far greater.
2021-12-13T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
The Sex And The City reboot And Just Like That sees the writers ‘up the ante’ to keep present day viewers on their toes, pushing the already sexually expressive characters to their limits. Writer Lauren Windle asks, if we need to ramp up the old classic, or if it was already shocking enough.
2021-12-10T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Determined to jazz up your church event with a tipple or two? Lauren Windle would urge you not to. Here’s why…
2021-12-08T09:30:00+00:00By Rebecca Goldsmith
Rebecca Goldsmith from the Salvation Army asks us to pause this Advent, and consider afresh the meaning of the well-loved carols we all sing during this season.
2021-12-07T10:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
With the festive season so tightly associated with eating and drinking, it can be a challenge for those in recovery from or struggling with, an eating disorder. Campaigner Hope Virgo explains what people can do to protect themselves this Christmas.
2021-12-06T10:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Instead of splashing the cash on plastic toys or fast fashion, check out our ethical gift guide for all the best sustainable and forward thinking gifts. With presents for her, him and the tiny terrors, we’ve got you covered this Christmas.
2021-12-06T10:25:00+00:00By Cynthia Ajayi
Don’t end up on Santa’s (or God’s) naughty list by buying cheap fashion items from disreputable brands this Christmas, warns marketing executive and affordable fashion fan Cynthia Ajayi.
2021-12-03T10:30:00+00:00By Phoebe Simcock
The Royals are never out of the news; with allegations of sexual abuse against Prince Andrew, a fascination with Kate and Wils’ parenting choices and the fractured relationship between Harry and the clan. With all this drama, journalist Phoebe Simcock asks if the Royals are still relevant to modern Britain.
2021-12-02T10:30:00+00:00By Jennie Pollock
As the ‘Johnson ammendment’ fails to go through for the third time, Christian Medical Fellowship’s Jennie Pollock explains why this is good news, but also why we need to change how we petition our MPs.
2021-12-01T10:30:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
The concept of ‘Fake Christmas’ may sound a little sacrilegious, but Rachel Pearce found there was a lot more to it than mince pies and mulled wine.
2021-11-30T10:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Domestic abuse-related crimes in England and Wales increased by 6% on last year according to the Office of National Statistics figures released last week. Bekah Legg from domestic abuse survivor’s charity Restored UK, explained that the church needs to be more aware of what’s going on behind closed doors.
2021-11-29T10:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Yesterday was the official start of advent, which means Christmas trees and fairy lights will be going up all over the place, but what if the festive season started in your house weeks ago? Does going big on the tinsel make you a bad Christian?
2021-11-27T08:07:00+00:00By Zoe Clark-Coates MBE
Singer Jessie J and Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter have both spoken out about the shock and overwhelming sadness they experienced due to a miscarriage, baby loss charity founder Zoe Clark-Coates MBE explained why it’s more important that we listen to people’s stories of loss than ever.
To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), Ben Cohen of the charity Open Doors UK & Ireland considers the shocking truth of what life is like for Christian women around the world
2021-11-25T10:29:00+00:00By Abbie Mumbi
Make this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) count, urges Abbie Mumbi
2021-11-25T09:41:00+00:00By Amy Boucher Pye
The woman behind the popular Woman Alive Book Club, Amy Boucher Pye, is an American living in England. Here she shares her memories of Thanksgiving, and encourages us all to take some time today to think about the things we can be grateful to God for
2021-11-24T11:06:00+00:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Research from Menopause Experts Group highlights a rise in suicide rates for women aged 45 to 54 – the age when most women experience perimenopause and menopause. Dr Kate Middleton explains why and offers practical coping strategies
2021-11-23T10:18:00+00:00By Holly Satterthwaite
Holly Satterthwaite shares how identifying and killing the idols in our lives puts God back in the driving seat and makes us better witnesses of Christ’s love
2021-11-22T08:45:00+00:00By Babs Bray
Babs Bray felt great compassion for Alice Evans when the news of husband Ioan Gruffudd’s alleged infidelity broke. Despite Babs’s heartbreak after her ex-husband’s affair came to light, she was determined to forgive her ex and do the right thing
2021-11-18T10:22:00+00:00By Veronica Zundel
Veronica Zundel questions why the Bible is so full of strong, decisive women if we were created to be subservient under a complementarian system she claims was originally introduced to get women back into the home
2021-11-17T12:52:00+00:00By Kate Neal
Kate Neal says the growth of social media seems to have created a society in which bullying is more prevalent than ever before, with devastating and even life-altering effects
2021-11-16T13:32:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Tola-Doll Fisher felt devastated when cancer resurfaced after a large tumour had been removed from her uterus. But a brave decision gave her a peace that surpassed earthly understanding
2021-11-16T10:19:00+00:00By Helen Roberts
With Bella Hadid candidly sharing her mental health struggles on social media, Helen Roberts looks at the devastating effects the comparison trap can have on us all
2021-11-15T11:00:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Britney’s prayers may have finally been answered as a judge puts an end to her father’s conservatorship, but Rachel Pearce questions whether the popstar is truly free
2021-11-11T11:11:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Succession has just been renewed for a fourth season and everyone is talking about it. Our editor Tola-Doll Fisher unpicks why she finds it so compelling
2021-11-10T13:08:00+00:00By Claire Musters
Whatever you think of them talking about their marriage on a podcast, Justin and Hailey have shared some important lessons, says Claire Musters
2021-11-10T10:10:00+00:00By Rachel Gardner
Rachel Gardner urges us to get over our embarrassment and fear of saying the wrong thing, because we have a vital role in helping to shape young people’s attitudes towards relationships and sex
2021-11-08T14:18:00+00:00By Lucy Colman
A new report from Home for Good highlights the benefits of support lodgings as a way for young people to receive support within a family environment. Lucy Colman explains how individuals and local churches can provide a vital safety net for teenagers in the care system
2021-11-05T15:08:00+00:00By Rachel Mander
Would you walk 1,200 miles to get people talking about the environmental and financial implications of climate change? That’s exactly what Rachel Mander and a team from Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) did ahead of the all-important Glasgow summit
Premier Christian Radio’s director of content, Charmaine Noble-McLean was awarded a Fellowship by The Radio Academy during this week’s Radio Academy Festival. We honour her contribution to radio and hear exclusively from Charmaine about why she loves this particular medium
During National Fertility Awareness Week (1-5 November) we look at how employers are beginning to recognise the need to support those experiencing fertility issues – it is time the Church did the same
World Vision UK highlights some of the toughest places in the world to be a girl right now and suggests ways you can help it transform the lives of those living there
2021-11-01T10:14:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Whether you earn the national living wage or are a higher-rate taxpayer, the Budget will undoubtedly affect your household’s finances. Here are some of the key Budget changes, along with tips for making your money go a little further
2021-10-29T11:32:00+01:00By Alena Kate Pettitt
A new report looking into Twitter analytics has recently revealed a number of accounts deliberately targeting (often female) celebrities. But we can all be victims of this unpleasant phenomenom. Here’s some practical and biblical advice if it happens to you
2021-10-29T09:52:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Lauren Windle looks at the growing market for love coaches and considers the impact for Christian women
2021-10-25T10:46:00+01:00By Jennie Pollock
When someone is facing great pain and suffering as the end of their life approaches, what is the most compassionate thing to do for them? Jennie Pollock from the Christian Medical Fellowship investigates
2021-10-22T16:31:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
An OkCupid survey found that white, Asian and Latino men were 19% less likely to interact with a woman who was black. Tibz Adeniyi told Lauren Windle about her experiences of dating as a black British woman.
2021-10-22T08:52:00+01:00By Carrie Jade Williams
As we move towards being a society that is demanding euthanasia, Carrie Jade Williams asserts that we need to be the voice that reminds the world there are other options.
2021-10-21T12:54:00+01:00By Tania Bright
Tania Bright believes National Adoption Week (18-23 October) is a great time to alert society to the amazing opportunity we have to give vulnerable children a loving, safe and stable home
As part of Black History Month, singer Dawn Thomas reflects on her own history, the impact her parents had on her life, and the message of hope she wants to bring others through her music
2021-10-18T16:06:00+01:00By Melanie Currer
When menopause feels like a terrifying rollercoaster ride, trust in the God who knows you better than you know yourself, says Mel Currer on World Menopause Day
2021-10-18T09:41:00+01:00By Helen Hodgson
If you’re serious about making a difference on Anti-Slavery Day (18 October), perhaps you’d consider hosting a survivor of human trafficking or exploitation, suggests Helen Hodgson from Hope at Home
2021-10-15T11:06:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Lauren Windle shines the spotlight on Netflix’s new, extremely popular, show
2021-10-14T11:30:00+01:00By Trudy Makepeace
During Prisons Week (10–16 October), Trudy Makepeace shares her journey from addict and prisoner to outreach worker
To mark Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October) Tammy Tunnah shares about her traumatic miscarriage and how mentally agonising her next pregnancy was, and we look at the place of art therapy in processing baby loss
2021-10-12T11:03:00+01:00By Hannah Baylor
Hannah Baylor says it is time for ‘women to claim their worth’ and ‘men to challenge and change their own, and other men’s, behaviour’
2021-10-11T13:47:00+01:00By Amy Halls
Links International’s communications and fundraising manager, Amy Halls, reveals that there are still many countries that see girls as less worthy or capable than boys – and says we need to advocate and be a voice for those girls
2021-10-10T06:30:00+01:00By Natalie Williams
Natalie Williams reminds us that there is hope in Christ and practical help for those who need it – highlighting those with mental health issues who are living in poverty
2021-10-06T13:36:00+01:00By Bekah Legg
Reflecting on the excitement and heartache involved when our children head off to university
The R&B star was found guilty of being the ringleader of a scheme to lure women and children that he then sexually abused. Cristina Huddleston of Justice and Care reveals that, sadly, his story is far from unique
2021-10-04T13:05:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Dr Kate Middleton gives advice to parents and carers of young people going through complex emotions, and introduces a new resource from Youthscape called Brave
Having worked on Songs of Praise for 34 years, Pam has plenty of highlights to share. Meeting Pope John Paul II, Dolly Parton and many others proved exciting, but she says that it is often in speaking to everyday people of faith that she feels most inspired
2021-09-30T10:28:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
With the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, out on 30th September, Rachel Pearce looks to her favourite Bond girls for some hot dating tips… For Your Eyes Only!
Lyn Connolly shares why she is now involved in prison work
As the cost of living rises, and the spending limit for contactless card payments is set to change to £100, Robyn Wright from Christians Against Poverty urges us not to get sucked into the trap of spending without thinking
As Childhood Cancer Awareness month draws to a close Jess George shares how her faith was tested when her son had cancer
2021-09-24T14:11:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As the contestants take to the dancefloor live for the first time this Saturday, Lauren Windle explores what Strictly contestant Dan Walker can learn from his sashaying predecessors of faith
2021-09-24T10:55:00+01:00By Clare Blake
In the same week that CBeebies appoints a new presenter with Down’s syndrome, the court upholds the 1967 abortion law which allows for babies with the condition to be aborted up to full term
2021-09-23T11:39:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Prolific Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medallist Sarah Eberle has created a garden that restores the soul
2021-09-21T13:24:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Dr Kate Middleton, psychologist and project lead for Headstrong – an online teen mental health and wellbeing site – responds to reports that Instagram may increase teen anxiety, depression and body image concerns.
2021-09-20T14:46:00+01:00By Claire Musters
With the news that Britney Spears is set to tie the knot again, Claire Musters gives advice to those heading down the aisle this year
2021-09-20T11:41:00+01:00By Susie Flashman-Jarvis
Former topless model Susie Flashman-Jarvis was mortified to discover that one in five Brits would consider a career in pornography. Having seen the devastating effects porn can have, her advice is to stay well away
2021-09-17T10:06:00+01:00By Ramani Leathard
Christian Aid’s Ramani Leathard reflects on the complex nature of the situation in Afghanistan, and urges us to stand with the poor and vulnerable
2021-09-16T11:16:00+01:00By Cynthia Ajayi
With London Fashion Week finally underway, fashionista and YouTube influencer Cynthia Ajayi encourages us to get prepared for the coming season
2021-09-15T13:17:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Lauren Windle believes Molly-Mae’s new job raises questions for Christians who love fashion
2021-09-13T15:16:00+01:00By Alastair McIver
Alastair McIver explores what lies ahead for British tennis champion Emma Raducanu
2021-09-13T10:35:00+01:00By Veronica Zundel
With the latest series of the hugely popular TV drama having recently drawn to a close, Veronica Zundel reflects on the horrors it reveals about worldviews regarding women
Traumatised by the events of 9/11, Christina Ray Stanton has since developed a deeper relationship with God and a new desire to care for those in need
Having lost her son to suicide, Jill Baker marks World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) by placing a lit candle in a window. She invites us to join her, and to reflect on the way we talk about suicide and support those around us who are struggling. She believes we can do better.
As many secondary school students have been returning to school this week, Cherry Dakin from tastelife shares her own story and how she is trying to combat the rise of eating disorders among young people today
Youth Mental Health Day prompts cognitive behavioural therapist Clarie Miles to reflect on an overstretched youth mental health service
Emily Holden, joint CEO of Welcome Churches, believes the Church is uniquely placed to make refugees feel at home
CARE chief executive Nola Leach calls for age-check porn legislation
Some animal lovers were delighted when Pen Farthing chartered a private plane to rescue 94 dogs and 74 cats from Afghanistan, but Rachel Pearce questions whether prioritising animals over humans is hugely heroic or incredibly selfish
2021-09-01T14:51:00+01:00By Holly-Anna Petersen
On Sunday 29 August, 13 Christians were arrested in the central hall of St Paul’s Cathedral. They were women and men of different ages, many of whom are ordained. Holly-Anna Petersen explains what happened in the run up to this moment, and why she felt it had to happen.
Foster carer Alice* shares how it feels to come alongside Afghan refugees as they adapt to life in the UK, and urges us all to play our part in making them welcome
Could the police’s latest efforts to find out what happened to Claudia Lawrence be the answer to her mother’s prayers on International Day of the Disappeared?
2021-08-27T14:47:00+01:00By Lorna Farrell
With the new women’s football season kicking off today, Lorna Farrell, chaplain at Queens Park Women’s Football Club, believes we each have a part to play in impacting the football world with the love of God
2021-08-26T13:27:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Clare Blake explores how we can pray for the people of Afghanistan as they face a grim future under the Taliban, with special insight from an Afghan believer
Five-time world record holder Stef Reid says her Christian faith has made life more of an adventure. She is excited about competing in Tokyo, in what will be her fourth Paralympic Games
2021-08-20T15:47:00+01:00By Ingvild Snow
Ingvild Snow shares her insights after the devastating earthquake in Haiti and suggests ways we can make a lasting difference for the Haitian people
As a young widow with children, Abi Shotade walked a painful journey of grief. She hopes the book she has written will help other families facing loss
2021-08-18T13:59:00+01:00By Bekah Legg
The language we use about violence against women matters, says Bekah Legg, who urges us to use our words carefully to combat a growing culture of misogyny and rape
Global Care is looking for volunteers to take part in its ‘Shack Supper’ and ‘Shack Shelter’ challenges. Could you take on one…or both?
Several churches in the Keyham area of Plymouth have opened to the public in the wake of a shooting that has left six people dead
Kay Burley described the menopause as “tricky”, but for many women it is a life-changing and even career-ending process. New research shows that menopause-related tribunals have quadrupled in three years
2021-08-12T10:42:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
The GCSE results are in and, against all odds, it looks as though our young people have excelled themselves. Dr Kate Middleton offers practical tips to get their endorphins going and remind them of the bigger picture, whether they have passed or failed
Following the news that all 16- to 17-year-olds are to be offered a COVID vaccine, mother and daughter Kate and Emily urge them to grab the opportunity – and not just for their own benefit
2021-08-10T13:35:00+01:00By Melanie Currer
A level students have achieved record results this year despite lockdown, but teacher Mel Currer reassures us that God has a plan, whatever that piece of paper says
From Tom Daley’s knitting to Oksana Chusovitina competing at the age of 46 and Sydney McLaughlin running for God’s glory, there is plenty we can take away from the Tokyo Games
2021-08-06T11:45:00+01:00By Jennie Pollock
As yet another person plans to travel abroad in order to die, Christian Medical Fellowship’s Jennie Pollock suggests there is hope of a better way
2021-08-02T11:40:00+01:00By Kathleen McAnear Smith
Kathleen McAnear Smith shares a snapshot of what it is like volunteering as part of a team who visit young people dealing with mental health crises – and provides helpful tips for anyone thinking of volunteering in their community
As another athlete withdrew from the competition she had worked so hard to reach, we tackle the question some have been asking: did Simone Biles ‘play the mental health card’ in Tokyo?
2021-07-28T11:28:00+01:00By Sally Tate
As the summer holidays are in full swing, and churches are welcoming back their congregations, Sally Tate introduces RaiseUp, a new initiative providing a wealth of resources
2021-07-26T11:21:00+01:00By Lucy Rycroft
Given the response we had to the piece on young people’s mental health in May’s issue*, we know that many of you have experienced huge highs and lows over the last 18 months in your families. Here, author Lucy Rycroft gives a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on children’s and parents’ mental health, and claims it was no mistake that God picked you to parent your kids
The topic of gendered violence and gendered inequality is complex and emotive but one young woman, Natasha Eeles, has made it her mission to challenge and change it.
If you’ve ever faced challenges in your life then you will know that they either weaken you or make your stronger. For Karen Bryson her difficulties and disappointments have made her determined to give young people the best start in life. This autumn she is setting up a new Christian school, after having spent years running a tutoring service to provide extra support for children from all walks of life and financial situations.
We reflect on the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause and ask you to share your own stories about menopause
Current leader, Glenys Adams describes how Camps for Girls started, and what it is like to attend
Have you ever returned from a Christian conference, camp or retreat and wished you could hold on to the sense of joy or peace you experienced at it? Dr Gemma Simmonds is a sister with the Congregation of Jesus and she has written a book to help us bring retreat practices into daily life. She shared some of her own story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
Ros Downs encourages us all to pray for merchant seafarers and their families this Sea Sunday, 11 July, as well as consider how we can support them
As previously mentioned, 4 July is National Thank You Day, and we encourage you all to reach out to those who have made the last 16 months that little bit easier.
Winner, a young woman from Togo, has fought against the odds to follow her dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer
Karen Young shares candidly about the excruciatingly difficult journey her family is currently on, and reflects on what she has learned about those moments when God says: “Not yet.”
4 July has been set aside as national Thank You Day – is there someone you would like to thank?
As we approach Father’s Day, Andy Frost thinks back to how his dad influenced his own Christian journey when he was younger. He also shares details of a great new resource to help fathers as they take their kids on an adventure of faith.
Lovely Chavan from the Young Christian Climate Network believes the G7 talked about many vital issues, but didn’t provide a clear explanation on what happens next
Rachel Mander from the Young Christian Climate Network reflects on the recent G7 summit in Cornwall
Whenever there is provision for singles in churches it is often targeted at young people. Rev Eleanor Jeans is author of a course called Securely Single, which aims to help those of any age live life to the full, whether singleness was something they chose or not. She shared about her own experiences of being single with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
Have you ever looked back over your life and wondered how it could have been different? Jen Baker’s new book, Unwavering, encourages us to reflect on the choices we make to move from making fear-based decisions to faith-based living. Premier’s Maria Rodrigues chatted with her about her own journey with this.
During Carers Week, 7-13 June, carer and mental health awareness trainer, Anita Kelly shares candidly about the pressure of being a carer, the effect of the pandemic, and how important it is that carers feel valued and cared for themselves.
Director of charity One by One, Becky Murray describes how a terrifying incident almost stopped her realising her dream to help the poor and broken
Avery Foley, from Answers in Genesis, explains that when God is the focus of our lives, we should naturally want to care for the earth he created.
Maxine Hallett shares honestly about her recent dark moods, which she has discovered are due to the menopause, and how they have made her feel far from God.
Margot R Hodson, director of theology and education at the John Ray Initiative, shares how their village grew community at the same time as caring for creation
Songwriter and worship leader Sarah Téibo shares candidly how hard it can be to worship in the most excruciating moments of life – and yet encourages us all to do so.
Natalie Mills, advocacy manager for Home for Good believes the young people currently in the care system deserve better.
The new chief executive of Jubilee+, Natalie Williams, talks to us about imposter syndrome, and why taking up the role feels like a prophetic statement.
When many Christian couples get married they are ill-equipped to navigate sexual intimacy. Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke with psychosexual nurse therapist Emma Waring, who longs to see churches talking more openly about the struggles couples face in the bedroom
On this, the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, the US national prayer director for 24-7 Prayer, Lisa Koons, reflects on the racial justice movement born in the wake of his death and the teaching of Jesus about the pursuit of justice.
Elizabeth Atteih is based in Haifa, where her husband is pastor of their church. Here she describes what life was like during the latest escalation of the conflict between Israel and Palestine – and how she feels about the current cease fire.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the demands and responsibilities in your life? Ruth Rice was a very capable, busy woman, but then one day her life started to unravel. She shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues what happened.
Have you always prayed the same way? Author Sarah Bessey believes we can learn something from Christians who pray differently to us.
During Foster Care Fortnight, we hear from Hannah Hylton about her family’s journey into fostering
Care for the Family’s Katharine Hill gives us some simple, practical ways that we can boost our emotional wellbeing.
Since the pandemic, the number of eating disorders has risen dramatically. Abbie Young works for tastelife, a charity that offers help to those suffering from food-related issues and their carers. Here she shares about her own struggle with anorexia and why the charity is looking for volunteers right now.
2021-05-13T00:00:00+01:00By Maria Rodrigues
Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke to Patrick and Diane Regan about the physical and mental health challenges he faced, and how they affected Diane too.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10–16 May) is nature. Here, Rachael Newham bravely shares her story, as well as the part nature has played in her recovery – and how she thinks we all need to give ourselves time and space in this season.
On ME Awareness Day (12 May), Keren Dibbens-Wyatt bravely shares an insight into what life is like for someone with myalgic encephalomyelitits (ME), as well as revealing the hidden creative treasures she has found in her stationary life.
On International Nurses Day (12 May), intensive care nurse Georgie Coster honours the incredible sacrifice our nurses have made for us in this most challenging of years.
It is UK National Marriage Week (10–16 May). Here, its coordinator, Michaela Hyde, explains the idea behind this year’s theme.
2021-05-11T00:00:00+01:00By Claire Musters
During UK National Marriage Week, we’re inviting couples to consider having some tough conversations, whether that be about sex, making a will or handling money well. Steve and Claire Musters spoke to Premier’s Maria Rodrigues about the way forgiveness saved their marriage, as documented in their new book Grace-Filled Marriage.
At the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Ann Clifford shares the importance of preparing for death well – and how she made her own preparations this year.
During Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (3–9 May) we hear from Chloe Smith, who was heavily pregnant when her four-year-old son died.
Have you ever felt like you don’t quite fit in at church or that somehow you are inadequate? Dr Sally Nash has done research into people’s experiences of shame within churches. She shares her findings here with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
Have you experienced disappointment and loss? Sarah Stockinger has journeyed through miscarriage and, more recently, experienced a ministry job falling through…after her and her husband sold everything to move to America to take up the post. She shared what she has learned through these experiences with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
Nurse warns billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for years unless urgent action is taken
Christine Soule had a series of traumatic experiences in her childhood, including her stepfather phoning her when she was nine years old and home alone, threatening to rape her. As a result she carried chronic fear into adulthood, until one day God set her free. She shared her story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues:
Despite being a self-confessed hater of exercise, when a friend said she was doing Tearfund’s 21 for 21 challenge Rev Kate Wharton decided to join in too
Rom-com fan Lauren Windle reviews I’m Not in Love.
Chine McDonald shares her thoughts on what the events of this week mean for the conversation about racial justice both in the UK and around the world.
Where do you turn to when you’re struggling? Chances are that you don’t turn to the books of the minor prophets in the Bible, but author Debbie Duncan shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues why these books are full of gems that are helpful for life in the 21st century.
World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21 April brings the launch of the UK-wide Christian Creative Directory
New research shows that in the FTSE 100 companies female directors are up 18 per cent but women account for just 34 per cent of UK board members
Single mum from Barnsley, Linda Walmsley, is running the Sofa to Summit Kilimanjaro Challenge to raise funds for suicidal human trafficking survivors and for her own lockdown mental health
Celebrated neon artist, Eve De Haan has created an illuminated billboard campaign that is being exhibited from 15 April.
For Clare Blake’s sister, who has panic attacks, going to church is a challenge. But she’s getting there…
Catherine Butcher looks back on the extraordinary marriage that the Queen and Prince Philip enjoyed, in which traditional roles were often reversed.
2021-04-08T00:00:00+01:00By Claire Musters
There has been a lot of talk about hope in recent days. We remain hopeful that lockdown will continue to ease in the way the government has outlined. We are hopeful that we can visit friends and family – and even stay with them. We hope that we will soon be able to sing alongside our church family again.
?Motherdom, the UK’s first media platform dedicated to maternal mental health and wellbeing, was launched at the start of March by mum-of-two and journalist Anna Ceesay
Karen Allen reached a tipping point in her life when she told God she couldn't do ministry anymore. Her marriage of 14 years had suddenly ended and she found herself pregnant with her 5th child. A close friend spoke into her life and changed things. Here is some of what Karen shared with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues
Sarah Everard's abduction and death have sparked conversations on the things women have to do to stay safe from male predators. Here we look at how boys can grow up with a healthy view of women and girls
Toni Raye is a Christian mother who runs the 'Toni Raye Talks' podcast. She shared with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues something of a dark season in her life
2021-03-12T00:00:00+00:00By Claire Musters
As many children have gone back to school this week, Claire Musters takes a look at how parents have found the experience of home schooling
2021-03-12T00:00:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
A traumatic baby loss meant Woman Alive editor Tola-Doll Fisher avoided Mother’s Day for years. Here’s why she wants this year to be different
2021-03-10T00:00:00+00:00By Macaila Britton
Piers Morgan, famous for controversial media commentary, shared his thoughts on Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry yesterday. Here's what Macaila Britton thinks
2021-03-09T00:00:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Millions of people are thought to have tuned in to watch the interview with Oprah last night. Here's why Lauren Windle thinks a response should come from the Royal Family themselves and not their PR team
When my synagogue put out its first call for Covid volunteers, incredibly now a full year ago, over 600 replied, and 75% of them were women. I for one was not remotely surprised.
Meet Clare and Lydia. Two women of faith who support young people coming out of homelessness, leaving behind care, traumatic childhoods or abusive relationships.
EMMA WEAVER grew up in a situation where she would alternate between living with her mum or dad. At one point she moved to Spain with her mother, but when financial difficulties hit she returned to the UK to be with her father. In that time her mum set up a business. Premier's Maria Rodrigues heard something of the story, as written in Emma's book 'Unvanquished Spirit'.
We are in difficult times but we can choose to focus on God’s goodness as we celebrate each other this month in International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday
2021-02-19T00:00:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Woman Alive editor Tola-Doll Fisher shares her personal experience of abuse in the Church and says we need to ask some hard questions about our culture
Forced intimacy, casual sex and “love at first sight” – is this how God wants us to find love? Dating and relationships writer Lauren Windle explores...
As a news reader, Premier's Tola Mbakwe has been used to hearing and reporting on bad news almost every day during COVID-19. Here's why she thinks we should all be celebrating the latest from the royal family
Carla Harding works for the 24/7 Prayer movement, but when she was younger she felt terribly inadequate in the area of prayer. She shared her story with Premier radio presenter, Maria Rodrigues
Writer Florence Gildea encourages us to use this time to reflect on God's blessing of humanity
Can a marriage be arranged by relationship experts? Ruth Sax takes a look at a TV show that takes puts two people together who don’t actually meet til their wedding day. Yes, really.
Sheila Jacobs jokingly refers to herself as a “professional single”. But the pandemic has meant she hasn’t had a hug for a year and she now wonders whether she made the right choice…
Rachel Mann's latest book is a Lent course based on the Elton John film, Rocketman
Bridgerton has just been named the biggest Netflix series of all time and Woman Alive editor Doll Fisher says it's not just about corsets and gossip
Adrian and Celia Reynolds have written a book about the struggles couples often face with physical intimacy in marriage, exploring why the Bible says about it and the priority sex should take in a marriage. Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke with them about it
Kate Patterson and her pastor husband had been writing and presenting on the topic of eternity, when a few months later it became a more significant topic for the family than they could ever have imagined. Kate has now released a book called 'Living for Eternity', and Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke to her to find out more
In 2017 Amina was part of a group kidnapped by Muslim terrorists and held hostage for eight months. Five years before, the terrorists came to her home and slaughtered her husband. Premier reporter Tola Mbakwe spoke with Amina about her experience
Natalie Williams has authored two books on the role she believes churches ought to play in combatting poverty and injustice. When she became a Christian, she says she had to learn new ways of behaving, and not just when it came to following the Gospel. She spoke to Premier Radio presenter, Maria Rodrigues
The past year has taken its toll on us all – this online retreat aims to help us deal with the loss and disappointment from COVID-19
Even the Sparrow: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Prayer, Trust and Following the Leader
(Muddy Pearl, ISBN 978-1910012710) All Flame: Entering into the life of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit
(NavPress, ISBN 9781641581516)
Women in a Patriarchal World
(SPCK, ISBN 978-0281084074) NIV Bible Speaks Today
(IVP, ISBN 978-1783596133)
The Healing Knife
(Lion, ISBN 978-1782643036) A Map of the Sky
(Lion, ISBN 978-1782642695)
Irrepressible: 12 principles for a courageous, resilient and fulfilling life
(SPCK, ISBN 978-0281083374)
More Than We Remember
CHRISTINA SUZANN NELSON
(Bethany House, ISBN 9780764235382)
Margaret Silf (DLT, ISBN 978-0232534429)The Radical Reconciler
Chris Wright and John Stott (IVP, ISBN 978-1783599448)
The Infographic Bible
Karen Sawrey (William Collins, ISBN 978–0007554614)The Passion Translation
Brian Simmonds (Authentic Media, ISBN 978–1424556878)