Colleen Haynes Sheehy married a man with a disability, against her family’s advice. Sadly he passed away, but she went on to marry another man with the same disease
2022-08-01T08:30:00+01:00By Woman Alive team
In our fortnightly column “Great Sexpectations” the Woman Alive panel answer your questions on sex, faith and intimacy. Drop us a confidential email on firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us anything. Here, we tackle; What’s the problem with sex before marriage?
2022-07-29T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Heartbreak can be excruciating, but as Christians we have God, who soothes and comforts. Here author of Notes On Love, Lauren Windle, shares some things that may help you if you’re trying to mend a broken heart.
2022-07-20T08:30:00+01:00By Claire Musters
Alongside her husband, Claire Musters offers pre-marital classes to engaged couples and marriage ‘check-ups’ to those in their local church, and together they have also written a book on marriage. However, Claire says the best piece of marriage advice she was given was something it took her years to accept.
2022-07-17T08:30:00+01:00By Shakira Peronet
Writer Shakira Peronet confessed that before she got married, she was clueless about sex. Here she explains the three things that helped her navigate her newly-wed sex life.
2022-07-08T08:30:00+01:00By Maxine Hallett
Finding a partner is a challenge at any age but Maxine Hallett found dating in her 50s to be a totally different ball game to when she was in her 20s. Here she explains how she ‘got back out there’ and how she found the difficult world of online dating.
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2022-07-05T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Tabloid journalist and author of Notes On Love, Lauren Windle explains that, while she can’t tell you whether or not it’s right to watch Love Island, she can tell you some things you’ll need to remember if you do
2022-07-04T14:00:00+01:00By Woman Alive contributor,
In the spring of 2015, Pam Jones’s husband of 24 years wrote her a letter explaining that they wanted to be known as Chrissie. Their rugged alpha male persona had been a mask, an act of performative masculinity to protect their true self, which was, and always had been, intrinsically feminine
2022-06-23T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As much as we’d prefer it didn’t, dating can get messy so staying friends with an ex can be a challenge. Author of Notes On Love Lauren Windle, explores when you should and shouldn’t pursue friendship with an ex and the best ways to go about it.
2022-06-10T08:30:00+01:00By Teresa Weeks
Christian marriage counsellor Teresa Weeks of Marriage Care offers couples five simple reminders that will positively impact their relationship. Plus she explains the ‘unspoken messages’ you’re sending with caring behaviour.
2022-05-31T08:30:00+01:00By Natasha Rees
While porn use has traditionally been seen as a men’s issue, Naked Truth Project says it is vital to raise awareness of the struggles women face too and remove the shame and stigma that prevents many women from seeking the help and support they need.
2022-05-24T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Research from The Marriage Foundation suggests that co-habiting parents were twice as likely to break up than their married counterparts. Writer Lauren Windle, takes a look at the stats.
2022-05-23T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Katie Gaddini
Many single women feel devalued and excluded from church life as a result of being unmarried. Rather than allowing yourself to feel this way or worse, leaving the church altogether, Dr Katie Gaddini offers three things you can do instead.
2022-05-13T08:30:00+01:00By Paula Halliday
Plenty of people who are single at the moment are hoping to find a relationship and ultimately marriage. Paula Halliday, author of Singled Out, shares the key things every single person should remember.
2022-05-11T08:30:00+01:00By Claire Musters
During Marriage Week UK, May 10-16, writer Claire Musters shares how the most painful period in her marriage actually strengthened it.
2022-05-06T15:45:00+01:00By Keziah Joseph
Keziah Joseph was part of the team who devised and acted in ‘The Family Sex Show’, a play that hit the headlines after stirring up outrage for its sexual content for children and families. Here she explains why she supports the show and is upset by its censorship.
2022-05-06T08:30:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
Looking back over her Christian dating disasters, Rachel Pearce identifies five disturbing phrases that are a sure fire sign you need to run for the hills.
2022-04-29T07:41:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
After marriage a friendship reshuffle is inevitable as you settle into a groove of married life. But writer Lauren Windle argues that married women often navigate this very badly, leaving their single friends feeling left out in the cold.
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
2022-04-14T08:30:00+01:00By Charisse Cooke
Losing your partner is the most difficult experience and continuing with every day life can be daunting. Allowing someone new into your life can feel overwhelming too and possibly impossible to consider, here relationship therapist Charisse Cooke explains what to consider.
2022-04-13T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
A new Netflix reality show pushes couples to the brink with the ultimatum: ‘marry me or leave me alone’. Writer Lauren Windle explains why, despite being tempting, this is probably a terrible idea.
2022-04-12T08:30:00+01:00By Claire Musters
The latest research from the Marriage Foundation that shows that even those who aren’t Christian are more likely to work on a relationship if they have cemented it in marriage.
2022-04-08T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
If you fancy online dating but want to make sure you maximise your chances of meeting a Christian, this is the list for you. Lauren Windle explains exactly which sites and apps the faith community is using.
2022-04-06T12:33:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
The “no-fault” divorce law comes into effect this week and Tola-Doll Fisher, Woman Alive editor and divorcee, is conflicted about what this might mean for couples and their staying power.
2022-03-29T08:30:00+01:00By Tim Bechervaise
Christian Tim Bechervaise has been doing online dating on and off for years. Here he explains the things he’s experienced women do on the apps which make it far more difficult to date.
2022-03-10T09:30:00+00:00By Sheila Wray Gregoire
Many women get frustrated with themselves for not enjoying sex as much as their husbands and for finding it difficult to reach climax. Here The Great Sex Rescue author Sheila Wray Gregoire, explains it’s all about listening to your body and warming up slowly.
2022-02-16T09:30:00+00:00By Sheila Wray Gregoire
Feeling guilty that your sex drive isn’t as high as your husband’s? Writer Sheila Wray Gregoire explains that there are often two reasons for a low libido, one is down to you and the other is down to him.
2022-02-14T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
On the day that is designated to celebrate love, Lauren Windle explains why she is all for Valentine’s Day but thinks it should be kept out of our places of worship.
2022-02-14T09:30:00+00:00By Michele D Morrison
Singer song-writer Kira was full of challenging questions of faith and was eager to meet a husband. She met a man and they were married 30 days later. Here she tells Michele Morrison her story.
2022-02-14T09:30:00+00:00By Jemimah Wright
After years of singleness, Jemimah Wright shares about the anticipation of her first valentine’s day as a married woman.
2022-01-28T09:30:00+00:00By Annabel Clarke
Author and chartered psychologist Annabel Clarke explains how fewer Christian men can affect individuals, families and the Church.
Lauren Windle caught up with Christianity’s poster girl for single women, Carrie Lloyd, to ask how she feels about love, life and relationships ten years on from the start of her ministry
2022-01-21T09:30:00+00:00By Jerusha Mather
Dating with a disability comes with its own challenges. Jerusha Mather explains that when it comes to romance, the power to include is in each of our hands.
2022-01-14T09:30:00+00:00By Sarah Lang
Research shows that an infertility diagnosis can cause the same level of physiological stress as that of terminal cancer. Here Rhythm of Hope’s Sarah Lang, offers insight into the pain of trying for a child and encouragement for those losing hope.
2022-01-12T09:20:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Research suggests that the number of unmarried Christians under the age of 35 who are having sex, has risen from 20% in 2008 to nearly 60% in 2021. Author Carrie Lloyd spoke to Woman Alive about abstinence and why we shouldn’t give up on it.
2021-12-22T16:26:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Many people were rocked by the news that celibacy advocates and Christian celebrity couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin are separating. But Tola Doll Fisher asks why it’s so much more appealing for us to follow a highly visible, beautiful, golden couple than the Bible.
2021-12-16T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Dreading facing your family festivities without a partner again this year? Don’t worry, we know how you feel.
2021-12-02T10:30:00+00:00By Jennie Pollock
As the ‘Johnson ammendment’ fails to go through for the third time, Christian Medical Fellowship’s Jennie Pollock explains why this is good news, but also why we need to change how we petition our MPs.
2021-11-30T10:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Domestic abuse-related crimes in England and Wales increased by 6% on last year according to the Office of National Statistics figures released last week. Bekah Legg from domestic abuse survivor’s charity Restored UK, explained that the church needs to be more aware of what’s going on behind closed doors.
2021-11-25T10:29:00+00:00By Abbie Mumbi
Make this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) count, urges Abbie Mumbi
2021-11-22T08:45:00+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
2021-11-10T13:08:00+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
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
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
2021-10-22T16:31:00+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.
To mark Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October) Tammy Tunnah shares about her traumatic miscarriage and how mentally agonising her next pregnancy was, and we look at the place of art therapy in processing baby loss
2021-10-12T11:03:00+01:00By Hannah Baylor
Hannah Baylor says it is time for ‘women to claim their worth’ and ‘men to challenge and change their own, and other men’s, behaviour’
2021-09-30T10:28:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
With the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, out on 30th September, Rachel Pearce looks to her favourite Bond girls for some hot dating tips… For Your Eyes Only!
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
Whenever there is provision for singles in churches it is often targeted at young people. Rev Eleanor Jeans is author of a course called Securely Single, which aims to help those of any age live life to the full, whether singleness was something they chose or not. She shared about her own experiences of being single with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
When many Christian couples get married they are ill-equipped to navigate sexual intimacy. Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke with psychosexual nurse therapist Emma Waring, who longs to see churches talking more openly about the struggles couples face in the bedroom
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.
It is UK National Marriage Week (10–16 May). Here, its coordinator, Michaela Hyde, explains the idea behind this year’s theme.
2021-05-11T00:00:00+01:00By Claire Musters
During UK National Marriage Week, we’re inviting couples to consider having some tough conversations, whether that be about sex, making a will or handling money well. Steve and Claire Musters spoke to Premier’s Maria Rodrigues about the way forgiveness saved their marriage, as documented in their new book Grace-Filled Marriage.
At the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Ann Clifford shares the importance of preparing for death well – and how she made her own preparations this year.
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?
Two couples tell Clare Blake how their love stories began online
?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
Can a marriage be arranged by relationship experts? Ruth Sax takes a look at a TV show that takes puts two people together who don’t actually meet til their wedding day. Yes, really.
Adrian and Celia Reynolds have written a book about the struggles couples often face with physical intimacy in marriage, exploring why the Bible says about it and the priority sex should take in a marriage. Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke with them about it
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