2021-08-24T09:39:00+01:00By Claire Musters
In 2008, Katie survived an acid attack and during her recovery set up The Katie Piper Foundation. She spoke to Claire Musters about how she coped with trauma and the impact on her outward appearance, how her newfound faith helped her come to terms with what happened and how a positive mindset helps her every day
2021-11-25T11:04:06.39+00:00By Maxine Hallett
Maxine Hallett reflects on her journey towards God, and the sanctuary she now calls home
2021-11-25T11:03:58+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
We asked our writers to talk about ‘home’ this issue and tell us what it means to them. I’d love to know what it means to you too.
2021-11-25T11:03:48.49+00:00By Veronica Zundel
Veronica Zundel unpacks her responses to the places she has lived over the years, and reflects on where our true home lies
Stories of God’s intervention through the power of prayer
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After 15 years of a progressively debilitating illness, John Mark Comer’s wife, Tammy, was supernaturally healed from a curse last year. She talked to Jemimah Wright about her journey
2021-11-25T11:03:34.897+00:00By Cathy Madavan
Cathy Madavan shows us how the five love languages provide a great guide to generosity
Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned twice for being a Christian. This book is an education into human evil; how he suffered is staggering. It’s a series of sermons that he composed “on the verge of insanity”. Yet his answer to the inhumanity and his powerlessness is his belief in the promises ...
2021-11-25T11:03:09.97+00:00By Caroline Leighton
When you hear the word ‘nun’ what do you think of? Sister Act or Julie Andrews in the iconic Sound of Music? If these are your benchmarks the reality may well disappoint. However, there are many delightful insights to discover about the religious life. Caroline Leighton spent some time as a postulant in a religious community and lifts the lid on what it was like
TempleSpa owner and co-founder, Liz Warom, reveals how she and her husband started their business, and how faith is at the centre of all they do
Catherine Etherington, the Head of Recovery for the UK-based Naked Truth Project, talks about their mission to free lives from the damaging impact of sexual addictions
2021-11-25T11:02:56.043+00:00By Katherine Gantlett
Having lost precious children to miscarriage and a daughter, Libby, at birth, Katherine Gantlett shares how she stopped trying to escape the winter seasons of her life, and learned to walk with him authentically and honestly
Marti Green, 77, and her husband set up Youth With A Mission in England, and helped train thousands of young people to share the gospel
Here are the latest news, views and ideas from the Woman Alive community
Macaila Britton talks to Liz Earle MBE, wellbeing brand founder, about her experience in the industry and what still needs to change
2021-10-22T15:24:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
This is my first editorial in a while as I received an aggressive cancer diagnosis back in March. Having always identified as a strong, independent woman, this year has been hugely challenging but I am so grateful for the absolute onslaught of prayers from the Woman Alive community while I ...
A reader poem
Stories of God’s intervention
2021-10-22T15:09:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Ella Bartelsian of Yerevan International Church, Armenia, spoke to Clare Blake about how God is breaking through to a defeated nation
I accepted this book from a neighbour, thinking: “Well, if it’s too heart-wrenching, I don’t have to read it.” And it wasn’t. Although it was desperately sad, the author didn’t dwell on the horrors. Heather Morris was asked to write Lale Sokolov’s story when he was an old man because ...
Ann-Marie Wilson talked to Clare Blake about a chance meeting that led her to found 28 Too Many, a charity with a mission to end the shocking practice of female genital mutilation
Trained opera singer, Ginny Miller, 72, had a dramatic encounter with God when she was 19. She lived by faith in a Christian community, and worked in pastoral care and counselling, before meeting her husband
Bedbound poet Jenny Rowbory refuses to be defined by her broken body. Instead she is raising money for a life-changing operation through her anthology We Are the Winter People
Children as young as four are being trafficked into Ghana’s fishing industry – Anita Budu of International Justice Mission says she will not rest until they are free
2021-10-22T14:52:00+01:00By Cathy Madavan
Cathy Madavan shares what she strives to do in all her relationships to cultivate unity and peace
Here are the latest news, views and ideas from the Woman Alive community
Book reviews from Woman Alive readers
2021-10-01T11:08:00+01:00By Cathy Madavan
Seasoned author Cathy Madavan suggests that, whatever our history, we can learn from it and move on
Stories of God’s intervention in our daily life
2021-10-01T10:58:00+01:00By Julia Rudyard
Small business owner Samantha Rigg-David talked to Jeanette McCarthy about how God led her to open Nuff Naturals
2021-10-01T10:38:00+01:00By Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé
During World Menopause Month, Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé kicks off our three-part series on the menopause, explaining how we can prepare physically, psychologically and spiritually
2021-10-01T10:31:00+01:00By Chine McDonald
Author Chine McDonald spoke to Rachel Pearce about her new book, God Is Not A White Man: And Other Revelations
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse explains the ways we can receive healing through prayer, medicine and understanding our own body’s unique needs
Jo Fothergill spoke to Jeanette McCarthy about her experience of living with depression, and how her faith has sustained her
Here are the latest news, views and ideas from the Woman Alive community
2021-08-24T09:50:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Diane Regan shares with Clare Blake how the pain her family has walked through birthed the charity Kintsugi Hope
When Denise Sanderson-Estcourt gave up her regular, ‘safe’ job to become an image consultant, some people – Denise included – felt it was a risky move. But God has brought some incredible confidence-building material out of this decision, and there is plenty more to come
Here are the latest news, views and ideas from the Woman Alive community
Jackie Michel spoke to Rachel Pearce about her vision to clothe the female form beautifully
2021-08-24T09:49:00+01:00By Maxine Hallett
‘As God’s daughter I know that I am a work in progress’’God has helped me embrace the identity of the person he knew from the moment he created me’Maxine Hallett shares how she found her identity in Christ, and how she prays her children will too
2021-08-24T09:48:00+01:00By Elaine Storkey
Elaine Storkey explains that our security lies in our relationship with the God who made us and knows us
Gamble is the visionary behind the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, a structure in the making dedicated to showcasing answered prayer as a testament to God’s goodness. While collating prayers for the wall, Gamble was struck by the importance and necessity of remembering God’s work in our lives. This gave ...
Stories of God’s intervention
After years of trying to love others and failing, Joyce Meyer learned that her main problem was that she didn’t love herself. She shares how God helped her step free from the comparison trap and embrace who she truly is
Elizabeth Neep, commissioning editor at SPCK, explains the idea behind new spiritual formation imprint, Form
To celebrate the Woman Alive Book Club’s 15th birthday, Claire Musters caught up with its founder Amy Boucher Pye
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2021-08-01T13:57:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Editorial from August 2021
Environmentalist and theologian Ruth Valerio speaks to Jemimah Wright about the moment she recognised God’s call to care for the whole of creation – and how it changed the course of her life
Shovorne Adams was judged for being a single mum at 17. But God never left her alone, providing love, protection and hope for her future
Tumi Siwoku, Creative Director at Beauty Science Labs UK, talks to Clare Blake about starting a business in the pandemic, her passion for indie beauty products and why natural may not always be best
2021-05-05T00:00:00+01:00By Elaine Storkey
There is much wrong in what our culture teaches us about attitudes towards sex and relationships, but also many wrong perceptions about what the Bible says about these vital topics. Elaine Storkey unpacks why this is and reveals what it truly says
It’s all very well to talk about not being yoked to unbelievers, but what do you do when a non-Christian steals your heart?
Catherine Adenrele Runsewe celebrates the resilience of women, and encourages us to build on the foundations we have laid during this time of great difficulty
Two couples tell Clare Blake how their love stories began online
Counsellor, psychotherapist and coach Rita Edah MA, MBACP, MACC talks about her therapy practice and why she is so passionate about helping those who have suffered abuse
?Gilly, 73, was married to Gordon, 64, for 16 years until they divorced. They were apart for another 16 years but here Gilly explains why they remarried in 2019
Santia Deck is the highest-paid female American footballer in history. Here she tells Jeanette McCarthy about the highs and lows of her career, her battles with self-image and how her faith in God and the support of the women in her life have inspired her to help the next generation
2021-01-22T00:00:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Lauren Windle, a 30-something Londoner, has spent the last year interviewing people on their dating experiences in Church and has written Notes on Love based on her findings. It is a much-needed upgrade from a long line of handbooks telling people “How to wait patiently for your Boaz” or “You’re single because you’re not ready”. Lauren tells Tola-Doll Fisher she wrote it not as a guide, but as an invitation to explore a relationship status that she says has been sorely blown out of proportion
Beth Collingridge from Single Friendly Church says that we need to value and include single people much more
COVID-19 has forced many of us to scale down our Christmas plans but writer Sheila Jacobs says that may turn out to be a blessing
Maxine Hallett reflects on the doubts and insecurities than can so often push us away from the God who loves us
2020-12-22T00:00:00+00:00By Macaila Britton
If you're not sure where to start, here are 7 ways you can "borrow prayer"
A campaign by WaterAid brings to light an Ethiopian community standing together in the face of adversity
With news of a more serious wave of the COVID-19 virus, a Home Help for Age UK is relieved that her neighbour and friend is now further protected
Heidi Crowter is a warm and engaging activist fighting for justice – she also has Down’s syndrome. Clare Blake finds out more about her mission to fight discriminatory law against those with an extra chromosome
When housemates Amy Barreto, 45, and Maria Tjelle, 38, felt prompted to pray for their future husbands, this is what happened…
Susan Gregory invites you to join the millions of women and men around the world reaping the benefits of biblical fasting
A Christian GP comments on the recent news that the COVID-19 vaccine is being made available to patients from GP surgeries in more than 100 locations in England
Overindulgence this time of year can make for a pretty dismal January but for those experiencing "problem debt", this could be a long-term reality. If you're struggling, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) can help
Debi Ray Rivers is founder of SCARS, a ministry seeking to educate adults about sex abuse in an attempt to prevent it happening to children. She herself was the product of rape and was abused as a child, so it was heart-breaking when she discovered a family member had been abusing her daughters. She shared the story with Premier radio presenter, Maria Rodrigues
As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women, especially domestic violence, intensified this year. The UN is calling on activists and civil society groups to wear the colour orange to raise awareness of the many women in vulnerable positions around the world
Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke to author Rachel Wright about the way God has taught her important lessons through the difficult path she has walked parenting a child with disabilities
Author Sheila Jacobs explains why Christmas has never been her favourite time of year
Woman Alive’s singles columnist says the statistics around women prioritising work over motherhood do not tell the whole story...
A new book on advent offers a unique take on the Christmas season
Joni Eareckson Tada shares how she learned to be thankful for God’s sovereignty
?Muyiwa Olarewaju’s father was killed by militants because of his faith. As he celebrates being awarded an OBE, Muyiwa speaks with Urenna Kiwanuka on being determined to counter the millitants’ promise to wipe his father’s name from all the earth
2020-11-26T00:00:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Tola-Doll Fisher talks to Alena Kate Pettitt about why she has chosen to be a stay-at-home housewife and the negativity that sometimes surrounds this choice in modern society
The government has removed the requirement for an ethnic match in adoption but Black children are still far less likely to find forever homes. Adoption and fostering charity Home for Good has conducted a poll to find out why
Faith is a key component to the Queen’s remarkable longevity, explains lifestyle researcher Bryan Kozlowski in this excerpt from his new book, Long Live the Queen! 23 Rules for Living from Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch
Rachel Mason is an award-winning singer who has produced a book of short stories and poems about dealing with post-natal depression. She shared her story with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues
When Di Archer found our her daughter was throwing up 25 times a day, she was thrust into the dark world of bulimia. Di is now founder and CEO
of Tastelife UK which aims to help both sufferers and their families with recovery
As COVID-19 thrusts the importance of good sanitation into the limelight, the United Nations reveals it may not meet the sustainable development goal for water and sanitation set for 2030. World Toilet Day is a chance to assess the pressing needs that are yet to be met
Anne le Tissier describes what she learned from God through the difficulties of living with her addicted sibling
The cost of puppies has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as people race to get a four-legged companion for lockdown but Jemimah Wright says hers is a long-term investment
Fiona Furman battled for years with excruciating pain during her 'time of the month' which led to a hysterectomy at a young age, but it took a very long time for anyone to realise that something was medically behind it. She shared her story with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues
Shaneen Clark is author of 'The Lord of the Silence'. She tells Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues that many of us could be blocking God out in everyday life
Rachael Newham was on an adult psychiatric ward aged 16. Today, she is the founding director of ThinkTwice, an organisation dedicated to changing the way the Church responds to those suffering
ITV soap Emmerdale is running a storyline about a coupling choosing to abort their baby when they find out it has Down syndrome. Sarah Costerston a Christian mother to a girl with Down’s says it’s an insult to parents like her.
The unveiling of a statue dedicated to this 18th century feminist has met with public outrage. We asked a historical novelist, Olive Mackintosh-Lowe, to tell us why...
Amanda Bindon, Co-Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Network talks to Premier Presenter Maria Rodrigues about the part Christ has played in her career
Many people struggle on in abusive relationships. One woman gives her raw account of how she found the strength to move on
What truths can you turn to when the world is crumbling around you?
Pastor Jo Naughton was a highly successful PR and business woman, but one day she was stopped in her tracks when someone challenged her about whether her worth was tied up in the positions she held. Premier presenter Maria Rodrigues heard her story
Talking about bereavement as we kick off the blog series alongside the theme for the November edition of Woman Alive - ‘Life and Loss’.
Premier radio presenter Selene Jordan explains the wrestle she had with her beloved pet
Singer songwriter Lucy Grimble’s new album emphasises just how much love God has for us. She says,
Arianna Walker, director of Mercy UK, tells Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues about the family trips that hid a surprising secret
?Ajibola Lewis, 71, shares the heartbreaking story of losing her son, and how she found healing through forgiveness
Star Trek fans will love this analogy from writer Sheila Jacobs as she grapples with some real life parallels
Sometimes we wonder where God is when shadows seem too deep. But author Liz Carter says it's sometimes in the darkest corners we find unexpected treasure
Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke with Bobbi Kumari, author of 'Sacred Sexuality', and asked some challenging questions
The Pachamama Project was set up to support women without access to sanitary products while in refugee camps. Here’s how you can help
Premier presenter Rachel Matthews speaks with Hillsong founder Bobbie Houston about the mission behind the Colour Conference and how the ministry has been supporting women around the world during lockdown
Hope Virgo, Author of Stand Tall Little Girl and Founder of #DumpTheScales explains her latest campaign #LetsTalkEDs
In their new book, Al Barrett and Ruth Harley explore what the Church has to learn about how Christians can best serve their communities
A new online festival by Green Christian hopes to encourage us to be stewards of creation
A practicing psychotherapist talks about being diagnosed with dyslexia in her 40s and the surprising success she has experienced as a result
Sheila Jacobs talks about how she learned to do mission authentically
Iona Rossely, once a speed skier hurtling through life at an incredible pace, shares how slowing down to listen to God has become her new mission
Ayokunu Oduniyi explains why he thinks there are so few men in our churches, the impact that has – and what he is doing about it
Comet Chukura, the founder and director of Glow and See, explains why she started a business with a social impact
Compassion’s Jared Brown shares what he learned from 100 young people about their heart for others
A Woman Alive reader gets real about who holds the most important position in her life
Sheila Jacobs reflects on what this call meant for the first disciples and whether she would have done the same
The Let Kids Be Kids Coalition is fighting the no 'right to withdraw' for parents
Some midweek motivation for #WellbeingWednesday
Carrie-Jade Williams continues to share the lessons she has learned since being diagnosed with a terminal degenerative illness while in her twenties
Writer Sheila Jacobs shares the lessons she has learned from Ignatian prayer
This week is dedicated to increasing the profile of a disease that affects almost half a million people in the UK. One company is dedicated to providing a natural healer using rose hip
The UK might be returning to a ‘new normal’ but our brothers and sisters around the world are still deeply suffering. Here’s how you can help
Many of us have talked about 2020 being “cancelled” because of COVID-19. But Carrie-Jade Williams knows her time is limited so she is using it to live a full, Christ-centred life
Lindsay Macdonald reminds us to stop comparing and start celebrating
Hope Virgo suffered abuse at 13 and battled anorexia for years. Here she shares how she learned to push aside the need to be "perfect" before God
The pandemic has caused many of us to question our identity. Sheila Jacobs finds confidence in an inheritance that will never ‘perish, spoil or fade’
A reverend with a penchant for painting shares how this therapeutic practice allowed her to confront her struggles with faith
A terminally ill woman in her 20s shares the surprising reactions to her diagnosis from her church community
Using the example of a baby teething, Dammy Olatoye shares a life lesson on the strength to endure
Woman Alive editor Doll shares her morning routine and how that sets her up for the day
For years, Alex Agboke searched for a personal style to reflect her identity. Now God has inspired her to help others find theirs
In her final column, Penelope Wilcock reminds us to delight in knowing we are made in the image of God – and the respect one another
Many people have said that they drew closer to God during lockdown but for others, it has exposed profound isolation
While society teaches us we need to look and be a certain way, Florence Gildea asserts that God loves us as we are so we can stop seeking outside validation
A reader shares how she has learned to support and encourage her daughter, despite the faith choice she has made
A woman in her 20s recalls the moment her doctor told her she had a degenerative disease
Writer and Editor Sheila Jacobs was recovering from a debilitating illness when she finally stepped into the calling on her life. Could now be the time for you to step into yours?
Writer Tope Pearson shares her experience of struggling to see a long-held promise come to fruition – and how she persevered in the years between
The global pandemic and calls for a housing revolution could pave the way to ridding India of leprosy
Christian Aid’s Prophetic Activist Scheme encourages young people to address societal injustice as part of their faith. Chloe Brimicombe explains why it's important
From furlough to redundancy, the pandemic has left many feeling anxious about the future. If you've recently found yourself out of work, here is what you can do next
Susan Wright, 75, is the mother of five children and grandmother to nine. She became a Christian in her 20s then married John, now 86, in 1974. She has battled dyslexia and low self-esteem, but has held onto God’s faithfulness through the trials of life, including her husband having cancer twice, two years of unemployment – and even him being sent to prison
Joni Eareckson Tada challenges us not only to pray, but to become God’s active agents of change
Katie Lynch, 30, has been married to Leon, 31, for six years. They have two daughters, Kylah, three, and Liberty, one. Here she describes how they met and the challenges they have faced
A writer from South Asia asks, for those with a skin colour somewhere in between, where do we fit into the discussion?
We are all living in a period of uncertainty, however, having a will is important, regardless of what stage of life we are in, to leave a legacy for our nearest and dearest
How do we address the rising tensions from years of racism and injustice? Start with compassion, says Jeanette McCarthy
In August we start a new series on the life lessons from ordinary women of faith. Rosalie is in her 70s, here are six key things she wants to share with you
Relationship charity Restored explains how the new rules around domestic violence can better support and protect victims
The wedding ban has been lifted but the threat of COVID-19 means there are still restrictions. Michaela Hyde, executive director of Marriage Foundation explains what you need to know
Lisa Bevere shares what God has been saying to her during lockdown, why her new book Strong is so relevant for these times and why she rejects the message she has consistently heard – that she is ‘too strong’
We need stories for our times of uncertainty and pain, says Tanya Marlow
Little Women has its heroine grasping hold of her career, and also finding love – but let’s be wary of its ‘have it all’ message
What would you do if you were given three days to recant your faith in Jesus?
After fleeing from Civil War in Sierra Leone, writer Andrena Sawyer says living in the U.S.A. exposed her to a new kind of battle – for equality
In support of Loneliness Awareness Week, Kimberley Pena explains that dance therapy can reduce the feeling of disconnect
Writer Clare O'Driscoll suggests that in the time of this civil rights movement, we can all do something
We were not designed for a socially distanced existence. Writer Cathy Madavan explains how we can adapt to our new normal
In this extract from her latest book, Jo Saxton reflects on how changes in society can be disorientating, but also provide us with huge opportunities
Lorraine Wylie meets a couple with a 17-year age gap, who say the difference has never been an issue for them
Has your church leader or a preacher you know hit rock bottom without you realising?
Writer Fran Hill lost her mother when she was just 14. Here she considers the lasting impact long into adulthood
Today is Leah Sharibu’s birthday. CSW is inviting us to pray for her release on this special day when this teenager remains far from family and friends
Kiri Kankhwende suffers from a chronic condition which affects her immune system. Here she explains the unexpected healing she has experienced during lockdown
To celebrate Marriage Week, Harry Benson from the Marriage Foundation reveals a new initiative for everyone - not just married couples
On Sunday 10 May, Classfinder.org.uk will be running a 12-hour exercise marathon to raise vital funds for Women’s Aid
Once over the shock, an anonymous reader says being furloughed could be a blessing in disguise
Wheelchair user Fiona Gosden says the current universal experience in lockdown is what disabled people have always known
Rachel Matthews, one of Premier’s Regional Producers, met those behind a new ground-breaking conference for women abused in childhood
2020-04-27T00:00:00+01:00By Claire Musters
Glenna Marshall explains to Claire Musters that, even through immense suffering, she has learned that God’s presence is the only answer to our heart’s longings
Author Helen Roberts talks about the heightened thief of comparison now that we’re all spending much more time online
Charity Open Doors report on why we should be praying for our sisters and brothers overseas
Reader Angie Jones is supporting the call to prayer by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
Cat Townley shares how the threat of coronavirus turned her street into a thriving community
Pastor John of Strengthen the Faithful felt God guide him to write the Wartime Miracles Leaflet and circulate it around thousands of churches and prayer groups. It calls for Christians to earnestly intercede with Almighty God for our nation, in the knowledge of how he so clearly answered similar prayers of faith during the Second World War
Trained cuddle therapist Rebekka Mikkola explains the theory behind cuddle therapy and how we can weather the absence of touch during COVID-19
In this personal essay, Angie Jones says at the heart of the current pandemic, is a cry for us all to come back to God
As the arrival of Coronavirus sparks a blaze across social media, journalist Mary Joseph describes how SAT-7’s voice is being heard above the clamour while the country’s churches are silenced
With many fresh food counters closing and self-isolation becoming the norm, some of us will be facing an involuntary vegetarian or even vegan diet. But it’s not all bad! Here are 3 plant-based staples you can try today to support your immune system...
As most of us find ourselves grounded and in lockdown, reports of less air pollution and the return of wildlife point to positive environmental change.
Linda Todd, chief executive of The Leprosy Mission Scotland, explains that leprosy is not an ancient disease; it still ravages people today
God helped Anne Welsh rise above chronic pain to become a renowned motivational speaker, campaigner, high-powered business woman, influencer and author
Today, most if not all churches in the UK will be empty. But Lizzie Lowrie reminds us that even before the Corona Virus pandemic, many avoid church every year on Mothering Sunday
Coronavirus, the biggest party-pooper of them all, has swept across the world and changed society as we know it, separating us from one another. Here are some ways to counter that…
Woman Alive contributor Maxine Hallett wonders where we find God when the world seems in turmoil amongst the Corona Virus pandemic
Heather Riley reviews the British comedy-drama about the 1970 Miss World competition held in London
Penelope Wilcock shows us how women were empowered in Luke’s Gospel, and encourages us to seek the power of the Holy Spirit in our own lives
To mark World Down Syndrome Day, which is held on 21 March, we hear how Alison Morley’s world fell apart when she found out her second child had Down’s syndrome. Then her prejudice and fear turned to love, as Hazel taught her precious life lessons
Woman Alive Editor Doll Fisher spoke to Lara and Will, who have been running catered ski chalets in Meribel for 20 years. This is their second year running Chalet Altitude, the home for their outreach and mission organisation Altitude Mission
The newest adaptation of Jane Austen's fourth novel comes out today, WA Editor Doll Fisher considers how it fits in with modern day romance.
Nancy Goudie tells us about the incredible ministry she and her husband set up, and how she learned to truly trust God
Maria Rodrigues spoke with international singer, songwriter and worship leader Lou Fellingham during Worship Week on the Woman to Woman show
Jen Baker shares candidly about her own journey towards intimacy with God, which is the subject of her new book Face to Face
Miracles and Other Reasonable Things
Sarah Bessey (DLT, ISBN 978–0232534184)A Life of Listening
Leighton Ford (IVP, ISBN 978–0830845736)
Beth Resch spoke to Premier’s Woman to Woman presenter Maria Rodrigues about hearing God’s call for her life, and how the various roles she’s had within the Church of England are helping her impact young people’s lives
?Katia Adams spoke to Claire Musters about a childhood begun in Iran, seeing the radical faith of her parents and grandparents outworked, feeling called to be a leader – and why she had to wrestle with the gender debate for herself.
When we sing to the Lord, it can bring healing of a different kind says Joni Eareakson Tada
Have you ever felt too old to do something new? If so, Dorothy Wigan’s story may just challenge and inspire you. After a tough start in life, she recently published a series of short stories at the age of 79.
Singer Abby Eaton seemed to have it all. She loved making music, her husband Chris was writing songs for big-name artists and the couple had a lovely home. But when they had a baby Abby found herself struggling with postnatal depression and tackling the taboo that often surrounds mental illness. She talks about her daily battle with anxiety and the joy of creating new music.
Image of the Invisible
Amy Scott Robinson (BRF, ISBN 978-0857467898)
Peace activist and campaigner Pat Gaffney talks to Premier’s Woman to Woman presenter, Maria Rodrigues about challenging Britain’s involvement in the arms trade, being jailed for non-violent protests and how we all have a role to play as peacemakers
2019-10-23T00:00:00+01:00By Alastair McIver
Alistair McIver investigates how two women and the church are supporting the fightback against anti-social behaviour in the country’s most violent street
Everyone seems to want their 15 minutes of fame, these days. And when you, your work, or your location finally make it into the headlines of a national newspaper, that would appear to be ‘mission accomplished.’
Luminaries: Twenty Lives that Illuminate the Christian Way
Rowan Williams (SPCK, ISBN 978–0281082957)Yours Truly: Parables and Stories
Murray Watts (SPCK, ISBN 978–0281080946)
God’s Word is food for the soul and he has prepared a feast for us, says Sandy Mayle ...
One way to counter the busyness of our days is to create some breathing spaces or Sabbath-moments when we can stop and recalibrate. Mealtimes offer just such an opportunity, says Kate Waterman
Hope lights up the darkness and there are simple things we can all do to make hope a reality in our lives, says Joanne Cox-Darling
We Need to Talk About Race – Ben Lindsay
SPCK - ISBN 978-0281080178Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness - Leslie Verner
Herald Press - ISBN 978-1513804330
In a letter sent from Portugal to Sir Francis Walsingham, in 1587, Sir Francis Drake memorably wrote, “There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.”
The Enlightenment of Bees
Rachel Linden (Thomas Nelson, ISBN 978–0785221401)Brunch at Bittersweet Café
Carla Laureano (Tyndale, ISBN 978–1496420282)
Your children may be leaving home, but you can still encourage their relationship with God, says Rachel Turner
She’s much in demand, but Rev Kate Bottley is determined to keep her feet on the ground, as she explains to Andrew Graystone
Children’s worker Fiona Platt explains how Seedfield Methodist Junior Church in Bury re-energised their meetings and inspired the rest of their church community
Life doesn’t always work out how we planned, but we can trust God to lead us through, says Penelope Wilcock
Mike and Julie Jowett not only want to provide a space for people to rest and take time out of their busy lives, but also to build bridges between the Spanish people and the migrant community ...
Invitation to Retreat
Ruth Haley Barton
We’ve often heard from people living with depression, but what is it like for those who love and care for them? Catriona Futter shares her experience of trying to support her husband
Mary and Geoff Ferguson’s 10-month trip covering thousands of miles with their five children proved to be a faith adventure, as Mary explains to Clare Blake
How to Pray by Pete Greig (Hodder, ISBN 978–1529374926)
Katherine Jenkins talks to Lorraine Wylie about being a mum and her latest, very personal, album
Meeting together as the Church on Sunday is more than singing a few songs, listening to a sermon and sharing coffee afterwards, says Mark Waterfield
Join us as we choose our book of the year! Editor Jackie Harris explains what you need to do ...
God wants a real relationship with each one of us, says Tracy Williamson, who shares how her relationship with God has changed
Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack - Alia Joy
Ellie Philpott is an author and runs her own natural soap and cosmetic company. She lives in the Elham Valley with her husband, a crazy poodle and several hives of honeybees
Sometimes we struggle to find the words to express our hopes, fears or failings in prayer. Here are seven creative ideas to help us draw near to the one who is always ready to meet with us
Low self-esteem, ill health and a struggling faith are some of the challenges Dianne Parsons has had to face. She shares some of the lessons she has learned with Catherine Larner
This month I’m reading …
Becoming Mrs Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C S Lewis
Patti Callahan (Harper Inspire, ISBN 978–0310104803)
Advice for those struggling with broken relationships
How the psalms can help us pray through all life's experiences
Jesus said, ‘I am’ – Andrea Skevington (BRF, ISBN 978–0857465627)
The story behind the world-famous Wintershall plays
Many people feel uncomfortable or even afraid at the thought of sharing Jesus, but it needn’t be that way. Simply take it one step at a time, says Eve Paterson, coordinator of the Great Commission at the Evangelical Alliance
The real-life diary of HopefulGirl, navigating life as a 40-something single woman in the Church
This is a good time to ask some serious questions, says Penelope Wilcock
Three inspirational stories to celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March)
This month I’m reading …
The Resilient Disciple: A Lenten Journey from Adversity to Maturity, Justine Allain Chapman (SPCK, ISBN 978–0281078530)
The Way of Ignatius: A Prayer Journey through Lent, Gemma Simmonds (SPCK, ISBN 978–0281075317)
My passion for evangelism and young people, and what the Church needs to focus on now
Nick Page is a romantic, but has little time for Valentine’s Day…
Chocolate and coffee are surely two of life’s pleasures, and by choosing to buy Fairtrade products, what tastes good can do good too, as Emily McCoy explains
Once upon a time, girls wore pink and played with dolls, boys wore blue and had construction toys, but not anymore. Rachel Turner considers the move towards a more gender-neutral world and what it means for our children
Once We Were Strangers, Shawn Smucker (Revell, ISBN 978–0800734763)
The role of Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury comes with both challenges and privileges, as Rev Dr Isabelle Hamley explains to Jo Swinney
What do you need to take up or lay down this year? asks Penelope Wilcock
After a devastating loss, Faye Smith found solace in a holiday of a lifetime and discovered the joy of open-air swimming
Meet Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton, the authors of Hope When it Hurts, the winning book in our 2018 Readers’ Choice Award.
There’s more to her story than being preoccupied with routine, says Elaine Storkey.
For many people Christmas can be a difficult time of year. Gillian Phillips reflects on her own experience and how the true message of Christmas offers hope and healing
As Kingfishers Catch Fire – Eugene Peterson
(Hodder, ISBN 978–1473657212)
Rev Kate Bottley is a priest in Nottinghamshire and passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible. She currently presents Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2 and is a regular on Songs of Praise. Rev Kate is also supporting The Children Society’s Christmas campaign.
Majestic Lord, creator of the stars. You set them all in place, ordaining that one would direct the Magi to Bethlehem to welcome, and worship, your son Jesus. May I seek Jesus with the same fervour, and worship at ...
Rev Kate Bottley is hoping to inspire some festive fundraising for The Children’s Society with her special Christingle cake, made from orange vanilla sponge, marmalade and fondant icing.
The popular Danish custom of hygge would have been very familiar to the early church, says Kate Waterman, who suggests we rediscover Koinonia this Christimas
Wondering what to buy friends and family this Christmas? Why not choose a gift that will make a real difference to someone in need?
Love Came Down at Christmas Sinclair B Ferguson (Good Book Company, ISBN 978–1784982898)
Celtic Advent David Cole (BRF, ISBN 978–0857467447)
The darkness of winter brings both challenges and opportunities, says Penelope Wilcock
A new report is encouraging churches to recognise that domestic abuse happens within their congregations and to be equipped to help those affected. Dr Rebecca Barnes reports
St Paul learned the secret of contentment and we can too, says Liz Carter
A Rumored Fortune – Joanna Davidson Politano (Revell, ISBN 978 0800728731)
The votes are in and we’re delighted to announce our winner of the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award
Bestselling author, speaker and Bible teacher Sheila Walsh says that when she discovered “I’m not good enough and I’m good with that,” everything started to change
Providence is good, but we also need to ensure we have time to laugh and enjoy life, says Penelope Wilcock
Sometimes trying something new is the key to unlocking God’s Word ...
With her varied career, community involvement and family responsibilities, Tania Bright’s life is never dull. She talks to Jo Swinney about her journey to faith and how she manages her exceptionally busy life ...
Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson (Tyndale, ISBN 978–1496425805).
How can we support young people who are leaving home for the first time to start their studies at university? Fiona Lloyd has some suggestions
From craft lessons to a clothing exchange and stories that bring faith alive, meet three women who had a simple idea, a willing heart and courage to step out in faith
New Testament scholar Paula Gooder talks to Catherine Larner about the importance of good theology, encouraging women and her latest book on a key figure in the early church
The Prayer Coin: Daring to Pray with Honest Abandon – Elisa Morgan (Discovery House, ISBN 978-1627078832)
A former soap star is hosting the first live Christian women's show available on Turkey's national satellite TV platform ...
Planning an afternoon tea party or a picnic? These little almond cakes studded with blueberries are easy to make and a tasty treat
Mark and Christine Daniel tell Sharon Barnard how their marriage was brought back from the brink of disaster – and why they are excited about Toucan, a new app designed to help couples transform their relationships
First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Debra White Smith (Bethany House, ISBN 9780764230677)
Jo Swinney says holidays are an opportunity to refresh our body, mind and spirit
Being kind and serving others are foundational to Christian living, but we can take it too far, warns Sarah Phillips
Philippa Hanna tells Catherine Larner how finding faith transformed her life and her music
Everything Happens for A Reason - and Other Lies I've Loved - Kate Bowler (SPCK £9.99)
Jackie Harris explains how you can be involved in choosing the Woman Alive book of the year ...
With World Environment Day on 5 June and Volunteers’ Week from 1–7 June, it’s the perfect month to share Fiona Thomson’s diary of a holiday in the Scottish Highlands, which combined both environmental work and volunteering
Losing your husband is devastating, but imagine if you lost your home, your income and the respect of your neighbours as well. Suzanne Green looks at the plight of widows around the world
Former CIA counterterrorism expert Michele Rigby Assad talks to Catherine Larner about seeking God’s plan for her life and encouraging women to fulfil their potential
Grenfell Hope: Stories from the Community - Gaby Doherty (SPCK, ISBN 978-0281079629)
In the ancient agricultural calendar, May heralds the beginning of the season of growth and life. Kate Waterman explains how the natural world encourages us to delight in rest and play
Easy to grow and with many uses around the home, lavender is a wonderful addition to your garden, says Sarah Linklett
The real-life diary of HopefulGirl, navigating life as a 40-something single woman in the church
What do you believe about yourself? Jo Swinney shares what helped her to leave behind a poor self-image
Hear My Heart: What I Would Say to You – Billy Graham (Authentic Media, ISBN 978- 1780781174)
Joni Eareckson Tada recalls spring days on the family farm and the lesson of the tomato seed
Media professional Michelle Vandepol answers some frequently asked questions
Ruth van den Broek was diagnosed with the degenerative disease cystic fibrosis (CF) as a baby and grew up knowing she would not live to a ripe old age. Now in the ‘twilight years’ of her late twenties, she tells Sharon Barnard why she is able to look to the future with hope
Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life Henri Nouwen (Hodder, ISBN 978-1473632127)
Essential Writings Jean Vanier (DLT, ISBN 978-0232527537)
Looking for some different resources and ideas to refresh your women’s meeting, home group or Bible study? Sharon Barnard gets recommendations from women involved in a variety of study groups
Elaine Storkey begins a new series of studies focusing on women in the Bible and the challenges they faced.
Bishop Libby Lane talks to Catherine Larner about being a pioneer, making prayer a priority and the opportunities her role brings
The Masterpiece – Francine Rivers (Tyndale, ISBN 978-1496407900)
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck – Bethany Turner (Revell, ISBN 978-0800727666)
Kate Waterman looks at how to make the most of spring.
Confronting the idea of our own mortality or losing those we love is something most people avoid, but in doing so we relinquish control of what happens to us in our final moments and we miss out on a great opportunity, says Ann Clifford.
The Way of the Carmelites: A Prayer Journey Through Lent James McCaffrey, OCD (SPCK, ISBN 978-0281075294)Lenten Healing: 40 Days to Set You Free from Sin Ken Kniepmann (Ave Maria Press, ISBN 978-1594717956)
Penelope Wilcock suggests we take inspiration from monastic traditions and learn to speak and listen wisely
Could you give an hour a week to chat online and encourage someone who is lonely or facing difficulties? Matt Rich introduces the ministry of Chatnow
Jeremy Vine talks to Catherine Larner about the changing face of news, how people communicate and staying positive in a time of uncertainty
The Way of Wisdom – Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
(Hodder, ISBN 978-1473647558)
Have you suffered a difficult year – or years? Anne Le Tissier draws lessons and encouragement from the life of David
In September Laura Treneer was appointed Chief Executive of Woman Alive’s parent company, the charity CPO (Christian Publishing & Outreach), where she has been Innovation Director for the last three years. Her husband is pastor of a large Baptist church in Brighton where they live with their family.
The good news of Jesus is for everyone, and what better time than Christmas to find creative ways to share it with our friends and neighbours. Sharon Barnard discovers some inspiring ideas from churches up and down the UK
In Touch With God – Michael Green & Rosemary Green (SPCK, ISBN 978-0281078127)
Keeping Advent & Christmas – Leigh Hatts (DLT, ISBN 978-0232533354)
Fiona Thomson reports on a small church with big ideas for reaching out into their community
Build rest into your life by following the ancient seasonal rhythms of the year, says Kate Waterman ...
Author, speaker and pastor Christy Wimber talks to Catherine Larner about stepping down as leader of her local church, sharing her story in her new book and the big challenge facing the Church today
My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers (Discovery House, ISBN 978-1627077354)
Utmost Ongoing: Reflections on the Legacy of Oswald Chambers (Discovery House, ISBN 978-1627076791)
In January 1994, we ran a short feature about the teashop at Lee Abbey in Devon, which had recently been given a star rating in the Egon Ronay guide, Just a Bite. It was managed by Mollie Foster. Now, 24 years later, Mollie shares her story and explains how God has led her back to the teashop …
We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the Woman Alive Readers’ Choice Award is Chasing the Dawn by Catherine Campbell.
Hannah Dunnett’s watercolour paintings combined with Scripture are sold throughout the UK. She talks to Sandie Shirley about how it all began ...
A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation - Nick Page (Hodder, ISBN 978-1444749694)
Praying the Bible with Luther - Michael Parsons (The Bible Reading Fellowship, ISBN 978-0857465030)
The United Reformed Church is celebrating the centenary of its first ordained female minister. Karen Carter tells her story, and meets some of the women following in her footsteps in pioneering ministry ...
Clare Blake discovers a ministry helping those devastated by divorce or relationship breakdown
This heart-warming story challenges us to consider how we treat others, says Anne Le Tissier ...
Co-founder and global pastor of Hillsong Church Bobbie Houston talks to Catherine Larner about the importance of women’s ministry, facing criticism and staying the course
The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness & Truth
– James Bryan Smith
The Japanese art form that teaches us about God's grace
Meet the women using their holidays to reach out and support others
How can we keep in step spiritually?
The Captain's Daughter – Jennifer Delamere
The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories – Celeste Fletcher McHale
It is not always an easy question to answer, says Andrew Graystone
Voting has now closed for our special Readers’ Choice Award at this year’s Christian Resources Together (CRT) conference in September ...
Ruth Valerio talks to Catherine Larner about living out her principles, what the Bible says about caring for the environment and her new role with Tearfund
A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
The Second Bride by Katharine Swartz
Meet the women using social media to reach out and support others
The exciting ministry that takes prayer to the streets
Jo Swinney considers what turns a house into a home
I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 miles, Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair
The ministry of walking each other home
Inspiring stories from women who took part last year
How to avoid getting into an abusive relationship
Beauty entrepreneur Liz Earle speaks about healthy living, giving back and celebrating Easter
"At Home in the World" by Tsh Oxenreider
Jenny Baxter was 16 years old when her mum died from cancer - she now encourages women to celebrate motherhood and support each other
Easter decorations for you to make
That's the challenge researcher Guy Brandon set himself and it proved to be enlightening ...
Pete Greig talks to Claire Musters about the struggles, the miracles and the lessons he's learned about talking with God ...
"What Falls From the Sky" by Esther Emery
Vulnerable women are discovering the impact the Bible can have on their lives, thanks to a collaborative approach from a women's project and SGM Lifewords. Jeremy Williams reports ...
Jennifer Rees Larcombe identifies what robs us of peace as "morbids". She explains how to recognise them and send them packing!
Carrie and David Grant have four children with hidden disabilities. Carrie tells Catherine Francis about how they manage and how others can learn about people on the autistic spectrum
Find out what Amy is recommending us to read for March ...
Read Hilary Browne's story of compulsive overeating and how she broke free ...
Lyndall Bywater shares her journey of faith and how she coped with waiting for one of her prayers to be answered ...
Anne Le Tissier explores the life of King David and draws out some lessons on how handle stress in a godly way ...
Make this the year you discover God’s gift of Sabbath. Suzanne Green talks to Shelly Miller about introducing a rhythm of rest in our lives
Find out what Amy is recommending us to read for February ...
Find out what Amy is recommending for January ...
Award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown tells Russ Bravo how motherhood has impacted her faith and her music
Rob Parsons shares a humorous but helpful look into how we can combat the stress of preparing for Christmas that can threaten to make it feel anything but "a wonderful time of year"
Martha tells Catherine Larner about life after "The Great British Bake Off" and the opportunities it has given her to work with Christian charities ...
Hazel Southam explains how a horse called Duke was able to bring her comfort and hope during the most stressful year of her life ...
Susan Williams considers the challenge of change and why we are so often resistant even when things are going wrong ...
Having struggled with their wealth as Christians, Yolanda Ibbett talks about how she and her husband brought their work and faith together in their multi-million pound enterprise ...
Miriam Dann explains the sobering experience that being unemployed had on her and how she changed how she saw herself and others as a result ...
Sharon Grenham-Thompson discusses the gift of second chances that involves us loving others and realising that no-one is beyond the reach of God ...
Su McClellan explains how running became part of her journey and how she now uses it to help cancer patients in the Middle East ...
Find a new way of engaging with scripture using creativity. Deborah Gregg shows us what she has been doing ...
Rev Will van der Hart discusses the basis of perfectionism showing it is a male as well as a female issue and how grace is the only antidote ....
Liz Jennings explores ways to tap into your creativity and allow God to speak to you ...
Dr Eve Poole on bringing "Kingdom values" to the business world – and how small decisions can make a big difference ...
Jackie Parsons shares some inspiration about how to slow down when we're on our holidays and give God a chance to speak to us ...
Sue Williams discusses the difficulties of saying "No" as Christians but the importance of setting boundaries for everyone's best interests ...
Find out how you can put your sewing, knitting or crocheting skills to work to make comfort blankets for sick children. Lyn Alderson explains ...
When Therese Hughes MBE began looking for a wig to help a customer, she little knew it would lead to a change of career and an honour from the Queen ...
Two very different creatures, but God used them both to encourage Jennifer Rees Larcombe ...
Instead of allowing failure or wrong choices to hold us back. Anne Le Tissier shows how God can offer us second chances ...
The team at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) present a liberating approach to being fruitful in evangelism and discipleship
Carol Bostock reports on her shame of weighing 26 stone, taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight and how she found real healing beyond this
Susan Baxter overcame her shyness and discovered she could share her faith through the Treasure Hunt Ministry. Here she explains ...
Catherine Butcher considers how we can live our lives fruitfully ...
Catherine Larner interviews beauty entrepreneur Liz Warom about being a Christian in the world of business and encouraging and empowering women
Jill Rattle explores the winter season of our souls and has tips on getting through when your faith is weak ...
Nicola Jackson shares how faith has helped her through the disappointment of failed attempts at having a baby ...
Wendy Mann explains how love needs to be the motivating force to help others and see their lives transformed, and how we can find this by connecting with God's love
Suzanne Green shares what she has learned about keeping your self-esteem intact
Russ Bravo discusses whether he is man enough for today's world. Or whether God has other ideas anyway .......
Diane Louise Jordan chats about her life - parenting, faith and slowing down
Nicki Copeland reveals the many things we may hide behind to protect ourselves
Ginny and Thom Gangway attended a Time for Marriage course - Ginny shares their experiences ...
Sheridan tells Amy Boucher-Pye how he dealt with the disappointments and doubts in his life
Helen Jaeger discusses how boys are being left behind in a world that has been concentrating on the girls
Michele Morrison explores how we can change our thinking habits and achieve a 'holier' mind ...
Refugees worker Catherine Ashcroft tells Mandy Pilz why Europe's open door policy is not the answer ...
Suzanne Green explores why many of us - especially women - groan at the thought of Christmas, and what we can do to love Christmas again
How do we explain Father Christmas to our children as Christian parents? Trisha Foote explains how her family tackled the issue
Maureen Mwagale wanted to give Ugandan slum families a Christmas party - read about what happened at this surprising event and what it led to
Learn from Kate Middleton (the other one!) why stress can be a particular problem for busy Christians and how we can learn to manage it well
Find out five simple things that you could do to help you live out your faith at work
Joyce Njoki Muriuki explains how she moved from being a frustrated farmer to being an adventurous one – with results that have transformed her community
In our preoccupation with making the 'right' decisions to know what to do next, Lucy Mills suggests the ways that God wants to lead us forward
Find out how Marion Andrews and her family have benefited from their multi-generational living arrangements and made it work
Discover Joyce Passmore's story of how she clung to Jesus during her 15 years confined in a psychiatric hospital
Katharine Hill explains the importance of encouragement to our children, particularly in what is said to them
Learn from Tania Bright how to embrace and move on from our failures
Feel challenged by parenting articles which tell you to treasure every moment? You're not alone, as Ruth Strange explains ...
Hannah Hiles talks to CBeebies' Gemma Hunt about her work and what it's like being a role model
Elaine Storkey explains why she believes that belonging to a local church is essential to our Christian lives
Lyn Alderson explains how keeping a journal can help combat the stress and worries of our lives
Find out how Eileen Heaney made the transition from policewoman to a new vocation as a vicar
As cultural pressure increases on our youth, Tanith Carey explores how parents can help their daughters to tackle these pressures
Jennifer Rees Larcombe reflects on the emotional healing that took place six years before her physical healing miracle in 1990 ...
A young mother describes how life has changed in Ukraine since the conflict with Russia
Martha Collison speaks to Ali Herbert about her faith and life after 'The Great British Bake Off'
Paul Tonks was overjoyed when his wife was healed, but then started to have difficulties of his own
Katharine Welby-Roberts, daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury, talks to Ali Herbert about coping with mental health issues
We are bombarded by requests to give financially. Fiona Mearns from UK charity Stewardship offers some advice
Photographer Jendella Benson is challenging young mum stereotypes ...
An article on food waste shocked Jenny Dawson into action ...
When Lyn wrote out her future hopes, God took them literally ...
Catherine Francis explains five different ways that we can make use of honey
After years of infertility, Angela Moore celebrates Mothering Sunday this year with her six children ...
Ali Herbert interviews Danielle Strickland about her childhood, coming to faith, and ministry among the disadvantaged
Sheridan Voysey shares some of the ups and downs of life and how we can all have a "resurrection year"
Amanda Pilz discusses ways we are taught to build our confidence and self-esteem and shows us how it should be done
Jackie Parsons shares how God has been teaching her through her grandchildren
Prison chaplain and radio presenter Sharon Grenham-Toze reveals how she discovered that God holds on to us through all situations
Amanda Jackson from Micah Challenge discusses her hopes and dreams for women across the world in the year ahead
Amy Boucher-Pye suggests ways that we can practise hospitality without the pressure of 'doing it right'
Mary Berry speaks about her passions in life - her love of baking and how she has balanced her career with her family life.
Trisha Foote takes our cynicisms about Christmas and reminds us that there are still good reasons to celebrate
Suzanne Green speaks to Nancy Writebol about how she contracted and survived the Ebola virus
Kasey Van Norman reveals how God used her life-threatening physical illness to challenge her faith and make it more real than she had even known before
Whatever our experiences of church, Amy Boucher-Pye explains why church is God's vessel on earth and we should not give up on it.
In a month of remembering the impact of war and hostilities Penelope Wilcock discusses what we can do for peace
Philip Yancey encourages us to welcome the good news of our faith despite our struggles and doubts
Marion Andrews reports on her work with a charity who help women battling cancer continue to look their best ...
A reader's experience of being groomed on the net shows it is not just the young who are being targeted ...
Bex Lewis explains what an 'app' is and how we can make use of them in our everyday lives
Sue Williams discusses ways in which single people don't have to holiday alone
Fun and frivolity are essential to our well-being – Penelope Wilcock explains why
Carol Pemberton, founder of Black Voices, talks about the increasing popularity of community singing
Allison Robinson talks about the pressures of being mum, teacher and pastor's wife on a Sunday
Michele Morrison dicusses how to keep our focus on God to discern what is important rather than just urgent
Meet the woman who is changing lives by bringing music to a deprived area of Cardiff
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is preparing for the Commonwealth Games and talks about her Christian faith
Rob Parsons talks about the joys and challenges of this special relationship
Read how an Essex church meets the need of the community for a local shop
Christine Holmes speaks of how she moved on in her life to embrace change after her husband died of cancer
Michele Guinness discusses her latest book in relation to the issues facing women in leadership
Ruth Flynn explains how the Bible helped her face and overcome her fear of water
Trisha Gallagher shares her experience of distributing flowers that would otherwise be discarded
Stephanie Pena shares her experience of when she and her family followed an ancient pilgrim way
Liz Babbs looks to faith and lifestyle rather than faddy diets to achieve a fit and healthy body
Jackie Anderson discusses whether women put enough time and energy into maintaining relationships with girlfriends
Charlotte Walker reveals the tough challenges for Indian women with leprosy
It’s the simplest of invitations, but it can make a big difference to someone. Sharon Barnard explores practising hospitality ...
Pippa Gumbel talks about her marriage with Nicky and her own journey into the limelight
Angie Pollard on how she organised a quiet morning with God for a group of women – plus 12 easy steps to doing it yourself
Patricia Green interviews Heather Keates and finds out how personal experience of debt inspired her to create the national charity Community Money Advice.
Lucy Mills challenges us to deal with the clutter that clogs up our hearts and minds, and suggests helpful ways we can do this ...
Claire Musters interviews Nathan and Lou Fellingham about the six months they spent in South Africa working with PJ Smyth and GodFirst church
Ellie Philpott joined a group of friends in attending the Captivating course written by John and Stasi Eldredge for women and found it an affirming and helpful experience.
Amy Boucher-Pye discusses the practicalities and benefits of keeping a spiritual journal
It's a new phase now for songwriter and worship leader Martin Smith
We loved these suggestions to bring meaning to our Christmas preparations
Simplicity is the way to go if we want to rescue the festival, says Penelope Wilcock
Liz Kovar is inspired by the courage of women in the Persecuted Church
A touching short story by Fran Bovington
Suzanne Green on a simple and sometimes neglected Christian spiritual fruit: kindness
10 tips on embracing pivotal points in our lives
Amy Grant on touring, tough times and her new album
Three women who blog about the joy of online journalling
Nicola Hulks on your confidence ... and God's plans
Debbie Meroff reports on the plight of many Muslim women living here in Britain
Ali Herbert meets the two women behind luxury fashion brand Beulah London
Joni Eareckson Tada shares what she has learned from marriage's challenges
Three women tell Suzanne Green how they spend their summer holiday
King of the one-liners Milton Jones talks to Ali Herbert
Ellie Philpott explains how she and her family began to pursue a more organic lifestyle
What we eat can transform our energy levels, says Emma Cockrell
Bishop of London Richard Chartres on the challenges facing the Church in the UK
Holly Poulter talks about how her faith and business work hand in hand – and the key factors in a great wedding day
Speaker and author Liz Curtis Higgs on why she loves encouraging women
What shall we do with mother? Suzanne Green on the questions you need to ask when caring for elderly parents
Meet the Nottingham street pastor who is helping to provide a safe place for city revellers
Steps you can take to keep your child safe on the internet
Woman Alive and Bible Reading Fellowship are once again hosting a special one day event at this year’s Christian Resources Exhibition in May
Woman Alive and Bible Reading Fellowship are once again hosting a special one day event at this year’s Christian Resources Exhibition in May
Lady Elizabeth Berridge, the youngest female peer in the House of Lords, talks to Andrew Boyd about being a role model and working for change
Many of us seek relief from illness or disability, but suffering can yield precious things, says Joni Eareckson Tada
We ask our columnist Hopeful Girl about searching for Mr Right - and what the future might hold
Book for our FREE worship and teaching event on 15 May with BRF
Two busy working mums explain how they live and work for Jesus in the office
Discover from Tearfund how the church in Uganda is transforming local communities
God is always ready to forgive and enable us to move on, says Anne Le Tissier
There’s no better way of getting to know people than over a meal. Michele Morrison shares her tips for bringing people together
Millions of people have been helped by Stormie Omartian’s The Power of Praying books. She reveals why books have been important for her too
Many people fear dementia, but a retired GP diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2009, chooses to see it as an opportunity to serve God
Discover why being thankful can be a blessing – and how you can nurture a thankful heart
Let's not be too hasty in dividing the sacred and the secular this Christmas, says comedy writer Paul Kerensa
Angela Piper talks about her new cookery book, celebrating Christmas and her alter ego Jennifer Aldridge from The Archers
Feeling frantic instead of festive? We have some great ideas to help you relax and keep Jesus at the centre of your celebrations
We talk to two women whose loved ones have taken their own lives
Meet Jean Martyn, the unlikely star who shot to fame in the 2011 series of Britain’s Got Talent
How a fraught shopping trip and some creative knitting brought the real meaning of Christmas to Liverpool ONE
Meet Maria Rodrigues-Toth, the Premier radio presenter who wants to bring women together
Jean Halfacre was rather unprepared for her teaching mission to Mozambique, but found God was able to use her
How 'tearing my hair out' became a literal truth for one primary school teacher
Discover how frugality can be the key ingredient of a peaceful and more liberated life
Author, broadcaster and former nun Dr Lavinia Byrne talks about her exciting journeys
Why anorexia, sometimes described as 'the good girl's drug', affects so many women and girls in our churches
Meet five women who have been called to lead worship
Should Christians seek counselling? Lucinda van der Hart talks to those involved
Olympic Champion Christine Ohuruogu explains why she wants to encourage children
How an ex-British Airways crew member discovered a talent she didn't know she had
Best-selling author and speaker Michele Guinness reveals what she's up to over the summer
Meet the rower who took on a tough challenge to highlight human trafficking
Not sure you can do much for God? Be inspired by three ordinary women who took a step of faith
Ideas to help you to be generous, even when money's tight
Joni Eareckson Tada says the secret of contentment is to be flexible
It's time to be your own best friend!
Meet Carrie Longton, one of the founders of Mumsnet
How a brush with death gave a pregnant nurse a fresh outlook
Is love an essential ingredient for a happy marriage?
We report on the scandalous practice of female genital mutilation
The healing power of food
Adopting a Chinese baby - a mum tells her story
Could you take up the challenge to be a Fair trader?
One family's experiences on their homegrown adventure
Lou Fellingham on music, motherhood and God
Tips for starting a women's ministry in your church
How one woman has helped to restore hope to Seascale
Could you be doing something a bit different in 2012?
Meet Nicky Gumbel, the man behind the Alpha course
10 ways you can embrace winter
How to find that “peace that passes all understanding” this Christmas
Three well-known Christian women share their special memories
Joni wonders if Psalm 23 brought comfort to Mary
How Divine Divas is bringing a diverse group of women together in Yorkshire
Three women share what they've learnt through the experience of waiting
Make your own Advent calendar this year and enjoy using it for years to come
Rosemary Conley talks about her life, diet and fitness business and faith
How Anna Rogers fared when she challenged herself to live on £1 a day
Living with Asperger syndrome - a wife's story
Is it time you pulled in for a spiritual check-up?
Wendy Virgo shares 5 things she's learned on her spiritual journey
Organise a breakfast party and make your friends' weekend
A women's coach and mentor shows how to work through some common issues
The choir chaperone who found love in Africa
Margaret Noakes on the day that changed her family's life
Grandmothers and granddaughters on the importance of praying for future generations
Christian festivals are not just for teenagers, hardy types or the super-spiritual
How high-flying businesswomen are empowering the poor across the world
Broadcaster and Simeon Trust chaplain Debbie Thrower explains her new role
A carer gives an insight into the challenges she faces
Steph Cooke's family benefited. Discover how you can help other Olympic athletes' families
Having teenagers in the family can be a challenge! Some parents share their experiences
Kay Chaldecott, MD of Capital Shopping, talks about her career, family and faith
How a Surrey church's community allotment scheme is bearing fruit
Meet two women who offer a prayer ministry in their community
The promise of eternal life is a real promise for today, says Anne Le Tissier
Joni Eareckson Tada shares what she is learning from her battle against cancer
Meet three women working for a fairer world
Anne Le Tissier begins a new series exploring the promises of God
The increasing sexualisation of our children is now a national conversation - special report
Author Philip Yancey talks to Ali Herbert about suffering, grace and prayer
How to lovingly help a woman who is mourning the death of their spouse
Four women talk about love in all its guises
Image consultant Jane Fardon comes offers advice on how we can look our best everyday
In this the 400th anniversary year of the King James Bible, we discover why it still has much to give us
Offering hospitality can be a real blessing, so why do many of us feel apprehensive about it?
Meet three women who deliver special hope at Christmas
Help! My children don't want to do church anymore!
Whatever we face in the year ahead, we can be sure God is working for our good, says Joni
In many parts of the world, Christians pay a high price for their faith. Two women share their stories
Four female chaplains talk about their special ministry - to soldiers, students, seafarers and shoppers
How giving someone undivided quality attention can demonstrate Jesus' love
Five ways to learn to love someone you struggle to get on with
Tracy Spiers talks to three women who are generous in the way they lives their lives
Have we lost our sense of awe? asks Rev Andy Twilley
A woman with terminal illness explains why her life is richer than before
Jesus didn't mean us to be doormats, say the authors of No More Christian Nice Girl!
Ali Herbert speaks with three women breaking new ground within our churches
Amy Sparkes hears from three women who have embraced life in the country
Does twittering, blogging, Facebooking and e-mailing really help us to connect?
Are you relying on your natural abilities, or are you truly empowered by Jesus?
Meet the women working to improve the lives of their families and communities
Are you taking care of your body? One woman's mission to encourage us into good habits
12 ways to deepen your relationship with God
My dad . . . two writers pay tribute to the first man in their lives
Why getting older can be good news
Ready for an adventure in prayer? Start a prayer journal
Jenny Hawke (daughter of Eddie and Barbara Askew) writes movingly about the effect of her parents' deaths on her
Christian singer-songwriter Helen Jayne talks about her fight back from ME
It's the Church's birthday, so let's celebrate Pentecost
Sex is a wonderful gift. Make it a priority in your marriage
A young mum explores the spiritual disciplines
How to be godly without being dowdy
Cheap really is cheerful at a new wedding planning business
Grieving with your children - when they are grown up, it's no longer possible simply to kiss their hurts better
Can you fund your calling? Key questions to ask yourself about your financial planning
How to build a happy marriage that lasts
Sometimes just making one change in our lives can open up a whole new world
Elizabeth Goldsmith talks about how she learned to trust in God's love
Don't let fear hold you back, say "yes" to your heart
Why do so many of us feel unfulfilled and discouraged?
Be a good neighbour and build a sense of community where you live
All the joy . . . and none of the stress. Tips to ensure you enjoy the holy season
O come all ye inlaws! Christmas can accentuate strained relationships, but there are things you can do to smooth the way
Are we like the shepherds, Herod or the Magi in the way we come to worship Jesus, as the King of kings?
How do you meet eligible Christian men? Three women share their online dating experiences
Meet the World Disabled Waterski Champion, who fought her way back after a horrific accident
Ideas to help you make time for friends and fun this Advent
Is this how it's supposed to be? Katharine Hill advises a struggling young wife
What I didn't expect about life in rural France! Michele Guinness talks about living her dream
What the Celtic Christians can teach us about celebrating life
How do we tackle our teenagers?
Fruitfulness - from your garden to your life
Lisa Potts on fame and working with young people
Meet two women who have discovered that age is no barrier to starting something new.
Beat stress! Here's 20 ways to boost your serenity
From Buddhism to Christ, one woman's search for truth
We got involved! From rebuilding lives to saving our heritage, there's an opportunity for all of us to make a difference
10 ways to breathe new life into your prayers
They want more than a cup of tea! The challenge of the Saga generation
"We're living apart together" The challenge of long distance marriages
Can we change the minds of our MPS and influence government policy? Yes we can!
Giving beyond what is comfortable. Meet the couples who have changed their money habits
10 tried and tested ideas to make a difference where you work
Must we give up on sex? Counsel for couples in the first of our new advice series answering your questions
Embrace solitude - it draws us closer to God and helps us to accept and love ourselves
Somebody rubbing you up the wrong way? Here's how to respond
Let's get swishing - the new, fun way to boost your wardrobe
Why did Jesus have to die? Explore the great truths of Easter
From social events to craft groups, here's how different women are making new friends
Fairtrade or farmer's market? Here's some guidelines for the ethical shopper
Four key tasks for a healthy garden - and a healthy soul!
What's your spiritual challenge?
How to tame your tongue!
Meet the women who chose a different kind of holiday
Let the one who is outside of time give you hope for 2009
Is the Church failing single people?
When your husband is a Jehovah's Witness, your home is a spiritual battleground
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Have you accepted his gift to you?
If you're struggling for a present idea. Here's a selection of gifts that change lives for under £10
Don't let your spending get out of control
Creative ways to improve your fitness
Many of us love to dance, but would you dance in church?
Calculate your spiritual footprint. Are you striding through life in hard heeled boots or soft sandals?
The relationship we never get right. Why is food a complicated issue for many women?
Why Britain's fascination with the paranormal is good news for the Church
Don't sit around waiting, start to put your talents to use now
A marriage encounter weekend not only revitalised one couple's marriage, it's given them a new job to do
How to keep your children safe on the internet
How to find true happiness. Here's 8 secrets we need to share
Are you drinking too much? The worrying trend of alcohol consumption among women
Sex is a wonderful gift, so why do so many of us feel uneasy about it?
Join us in our study of the names and descriptions of Jesus
How to share the Gospel with your child - creative ideas to influence your kids whatever their age
Be creative with what you have and transform your home
Why do you worry? Jesus knows our frailties and he has given us the complete antidote to worry
She was married to a clergyman and then he had a crisis of faith . . .
The Swiss family holiday run by Scripture Union has something for everyone
Will our faith stand when life doesn't go to plan?
Happiness and heartbreak for couples seeking to adopt a child
Biblical bread, party trifle and a low-fat supper dish for you to make
Make life better! Go green and live the good life
6 spiritual resources we can't afford to neglect
Balancing faith and family, the heartache of being spiritually alone
Course leaders at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity share their passion t help Christians make sense of their faith in the real world.
Caring for someone with dementia is a heartbreaking experience. Three women share their stories
Bake these Rose and almond cookies, based on a recipe from Ancient Egypt
Memories of Lindisfarne
What happens when one partner in a marriage has an affair?
Joanne Cash on faith, fame and big brother Johnny
Three couples talk about what it is like to share a vocation
Three women, single for different reasons, share their stories
Give yourself a spiritual review
Celebrating Christmas in Australia, Zimbabwe and the Philippines
Don't let it cost the earth, here's 7 ways to a greener Christmas
Three women share the different challenges they face at Christmas
Coeliac disease has challenged both my life and my faith
Dreaming of a happy retirement? You need to start planning now!
Supporting your husband through long-term unemployment
Steps to seeking God's guidance
Give your wardrobe an ethical makeover
A sumptious chocolate cake for you to make
Lessons from the birds in Northumbria
Why money can make or break your marriage
A savoury pie and a fruit flan for you to make
Could you give God your heart's desire?
Discover the benefits of frugal living
Recipes for the perfect picnic food
Visit the zoo with a message
Draw closer to God's heart in a garden
Cannelloni - an economical feast for a celebration
Anne Graham Lotz urges us to go deeper with God
Go the extra green mile - we've got lots of ideas!
Recipes to serve to your special guests from Michele Guinness
The 16th century Rule that brings a gentle rhythm to our increasingly busy lives
After surviving cancer twice, Wendy Bray is keen to move on with her life
Make a meal of it with our super salads
Why Jesus had to die for us
Colour your world with Bobbie Houston
An Easter feast from South Africa
Do you need a spiritual director?
Should we be tithing our money?
Tasty recipes for meals in minutes
Make a special gift for someone you care about
Treat family and friends to some good home baking
Give yourself a health MOT
Are you a channel of God's peace?
The perfect island getaway is just a short flight away. . .
Turn your Christmas leftovers into tasty meals
Rediscover the heart of Christmas and reclaim your joy
A little creativity and flexibility is all you need to make your Christmas special
Dinner for two and festive treats to share this Christmastime
10 ways to get truly rich
Living and working together - three couples give the lowdown
Warming supper dishes to keep out the cold
Walk and pray. Boost your prayer life and your fitness
A delicious sticky pudding and savoury turnover for you to make
Breast cancer taught me to live for today
The family home which offers quiet day retreats
Serve up a stir fry and fruit pudding
Train your mind to turn to God
Create your tree of life and ask God to reveal his purpose to you
When the children have left home, it's time to rekindle your marriage
Host an after-church buffet with these tasty recipes for Salmon En Croute and Summer Fruits Trifle
Keeping a journal can deepen your faith in God
Follow Michele Guinness's recipies for an easy cook risotto and gluten-free cake
Single or married - make sure you live life to the full