Monday, September 26, 2011

Alethia Magazine - A Review

Product:  Alethia Writing Magazine

Price:  $26/1 year U.S. Subscription   $29/1 year Canada Subscription
           Includes shipping and handling

The Team:  Nick and Stephanie Muzekari

Age range:  13 to 19 years old

Brief Intro:  from the website -
Aletheia (Greek for Truth) Writing Magazine is a quarterly publication focusing on the literary and artistic works of Christian teens, ages 13 to 19.

We are excited to offer Christian teens a healthy platform in which to express themselves, especially in a culture that so definitively shapes and saturates their worldview with unhealthy imagery and values.

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

Our Thoughts:
It is nice to have a magazine that caters to Christian teens.  Not only for reading and enjoying.  But also for submitting their own original works.  Stories, poems, photos, drawings.  It is a nice chance  to become a published author or artist. 

It is nice for parents to be able to subscribe to a magazine that caters to Christian young people.  Works by your Christian teens' peers.  No ads for the latest styles and fads.  No tell-all articles of the latest Hollywood stars.  

I read the magazine with my daughters, 12 and 9 years old.  They did find some of the articles interesting.  But most of the articles were above their maturity level and understanding.  So I would reiterate that this is a magazine for Christian TEENS, not for pre-teens.  Several of the articles we read had a lot of symbolism, that was difficult for my daughters to follow.  And some of the submissions were written on a higher reading level, with more advanced and uncommon words.  So a good portion of it was too old for my daughters. 

Some of the articles are on difficult topics.  For example, a tribute to 2 young girls caught up in a prostitution slave ring in a foreign country.  It was very difficult to read such a heartbreaking article, because I was constantly thinking of my children close to the same age.  And my daughters had questions about how such a thing could happen.  So be prepared for the possibility of some very thought-provoking topics.

I appreciate what the Muzekari's are doing with this great work.

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Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

1 comment:

  1. I agree. Many of the stories were heart wrenching, and not appropriate for young readers.