TOS Review: Aletheia Magazine
I must start with True Confession time. I really wasn’t all that interested in this vendor. I saw them on the Upcoming Vendor list for the TOS Crew and I didn’t get all excited or jump up or down. God never ceases to amaze me though. My teen girls, especially my 14 year old, however, have been really excited about this vendor.
Aletheia Writing Magazine is a quarterly publication for Christian teens. The founders of this magazine, Nicholas & Stephanie Muzekari are committed to “offering readers a quality literary and artistic publication that nurtures spiritually-minded creativity from Christian teens across the country.” Each issue includes stories, poetry, photography and art as well as Features and Book Review.
As soon as the Fall Issue arrived, Turtlegirl, my 14 year old literature loving, budding author, disappeared into her room with the magazine.
Thoughts from Turtlegirl: I enjoyed reading stories from kids around my age. I like seeing that I’m not the only person who likes to try to write stories when I haven’t finished my education yet. It’s interesting to see how some of them weave Christian elements into their stories. They usually do it in a way that doesn’t scream denominations. I like that. I am considering participating in the Writing Challenge. Maybe I’ll even submit something to the magazine. I’d like to try writing the poem from a picture but I’m not a good poet.
Tess Notes: For information about the current Writing Challenge click here. The deadline is October 15th.
Thoughts from BooBear age 16: It’s kind of inspiring. Kind of makes you want to write on your own. I have always wanted to write and this gives me that push to actually do it. I’ve thought about writing something to submit. I don’t want to do the Writing Challenge because I can’t be told what to write. I need inspiration. I thought it was cool that it has Orthodox stuff that it was more than just Protestant and Catholic.
What I love about Aletheia Writing Magazine:
- I love that it is Pan-Christian! I love flipping through the pages and finding Orthodox references. I love seeing that all Christian backgrounds are represented.
- The founders are homeschoolers! The magazine is open to all Christian teens and their families and many of the contributors are homeschoolers.
- I love that Aletheia Writing Magazine inspires my daughters. This means more to me than I can express. It is important for them to see other Christians exploring themes in writing. I like that there is a resource that can “creatively enhance their education”
Something to think about: This magazine is geared for teens 13-19. The maturity level of the contributions depends on the maturity level of the contributors. This means that some material may not be suitable for younger teens or may be immature for older teens. My 12 year old (she is exactly 12 1/2 this month!) was not as interested in the magazine as her two older sisters. She too wants to write and I suspect that in another year or two Aletheia Writing Magazine will have more appeal for her.
Some fun Trivia: Aletheia is the Greek word for “truth” or “unveiling”. Our home school is Aletheia Academy. We choose the Greek word for truth because we want our home school rooted and grounded in God’s Truth. I love that the name of the magazine uses the Greek word. I think it’s a very pretty word and I love the meaning that it brings to the magazine!
For $26 (of course that includes shipping and handling) you’ll receive four, 40 full color page, issues. I do wish they had a digital subscription option that would make it a little more affordable for my family. I think Turtlegirl would love a digital subscription! For more information about subscriptions including Canadian and International pricing click here.
Disclaimer: As a TOS Crew member, I received the Fall Issue of Aletheia Writing Magazine free of charge to review. This review is my honest opinion with, hopefully, enough detail as to why I liked or did not like a product so that my readers can make an informed decision. I received no compensation.