Vicki Keir shares her story of failed marriages – including discovering abuse in her home – and the faithful God who has given her hope and joy again
2022-04-26T15:08:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Alice Bond’s passion for communicating the Bible found a new outlet, which God had given her in a dream: Biblios, the Bible in a box
2022-04-26T14:42:00+01:00By Claire Musters
New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp is also a farmer’s wife and mum of seven. Seeing her sister killed in front of her eyes gave her unimaginable trauma. Here she speaks about the beauty and pain of life and how her writing draws her closer to the healing power of God
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After Nicole Blake’s second child – who is autistic – was born, she couldn’t find adequate childcare to allow her to return to work as a social worker. So, she opened her own nursery and has been serving families in the Southwark borough of London ever since
2022-03-28T12:31:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Christian Unions are seen by some as legalistic, boring and irrelevant but CU leaders Chaplain Rev Alice Monaghan and English teacher Violet Taylor argue passionately that they need to continue
Catherine Larner spoke to Lizzie Damilola Blackburn about breaking into commercial fiction with a Christian protagonist
God told Kelleigh Wooderson-Hudson to give up her job and start the charity Life Essence Housing. Here, she explains what she has learned about obedience
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
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.
Stories of God’s intervention
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.
2022-04-06T08:30:00+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.
2022-03-31T08:30:00+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.
Stories of God’s intervention
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.
2022-03-24T17:02:00+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.
2022-03-22T09:30:00+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.
2022-03-18T17:34:00+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
2022-03-08T09:30:00+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.
2022-02-22T09:46:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Suzie Kennedy is an internationally renowned Marilyn Monroe lookalike who has flown all over the world to sing ‘Happy birthday’, attend parties and has featured in adverts and films alongside Hollywood stars. However, for over a period of almost 20 years, she was living under the dark shadow of sexual and domestic abuse
Baroness Caroline Cox, 84 has been a nurse, social scientist, and now a humanitarian. She shares some reflections about of her life of service with Jemimah Wright
Stories of God’s intervention
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.
2022-02-11T09:30:00+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.
2022-02-09T09:30:00+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.
Stories of God’s intervention
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
We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are still suffering its effects months after contracting the virus. Respiratory nurse and lecturer Debbie Duncan shares what is has been like for herself and others coping with long COVID
2021-12-17T11:14:00+00:00By Lucinda Smith
Lucinda Smith learned a lesson about her own relationship with God in the process of bringing an abandoned baby into her family
Stories of God’s intervention
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
2021-11-25T11:04:06.39+00:00By Maxine Hallett
Maxine Hallett reflects on her journey towards God, and the sanctuary she now calls home
Stories of God’s intervention through the power of prayer
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
2021-11-25T11:03:09.97+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
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
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
2021-11-17T12:52:00+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
2021-11-10T13:08:00+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.
Stories of God’s intervention
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
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
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
2021-10-14T11:30:00+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
2021-10-11T13:47:00+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
2021-10-01T11:08:00+01:00By Cathy Madavan
Seasoned author Cathy Madavan suggests that, whatever our history, we can learn from it and move on
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
Jo Fothergill spoke to Jeanette McCarthy about her experience of living with depression, and how her faith has sustained her
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
2021-09-24T10:55:00+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
2021-09-20T14:46:00+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
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
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
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?
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
2021-08-10T13:35:00+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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
During Foster Care Fortnight, we hear from Hannah Hylton about her family’s journey into fostering
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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
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
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'.
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