Meet Laura. As you can see, I did not exaggerate when I said she was lovely. Laura
is fun and spunky,
is married to a Marine,
has a new baby boy,
has a bunch of fun sisters,
wears really cute clothes,
loves hanging out with her mom, and
is my friend.
I met Laura two years ago, when she attended Bridges, a Crescent Project class that my husband was teaching. It teaches Christians how to build relationships with Muslims.
Laura came in (in her cute outfit and sweet smile) and I liked her right away. Plus I always enjoy a young 20-something that is open to friendship with an old 50-something.
Laura's husband was away on a Marine mission and while he was gone, they received word that a good Marine buddy had been killed in action. So each Sunday in class, we prayed together and shed some tears. (Let us remember to pray for the family members that sacrifice so much to have their loved ones serve our country and remember the soldiers that have given their lives. Laura would tell you . . . it is not easy.)
We attended a summer Bible study together, became facebook friends and Laura began reading my blog. Even though we now live in different states, just thinking of Laura . . . makes me smile.
One summer evening, Laura brought me a present. As she handed me a gorgeous magazine she said, "I keep thinking that you would also like my favorite magazine and I wanted to give you one." (Laura is lovely AND thoughtful.) And this is how I was introduced to one of my favorite magazines, life:beautiful.
And now, I would like to introduce you to an amazing magazine . . . life:beautiful.
In celebration of life:beautiful's fourth birthday, Editor-in-Chief, Wanda Ventling penned these words. . .
"A few years ago a major magazine publisher told me that new magazine launches were out of the question. 'It's a million dollars to launch a new magazine,' he said emphatically. Increasing the risk was a down-turned economy and an unfriendly marketplace - major retailers were cutting newsstand space and competitive electronic readers, such as iPad, had come along. The publishing world was a bloodbath, slashing magazines and jobs.
In the midst of this storm, God prompted our media company, only a year old at the time, to do the unthinkable and launch a magazine like none seen before. life:beautiful was designed to be as beautiful on the outside as the Oprahs and Marthas of the world. But there was a huge difference - this magazine would honor and glorify God."
I think that you will agree with Laura and me . . . this is a stunning magazine. (our favorite)
Each issue you will find, beautifully styled and photographed pages, ideas for your home and holidays, travel tips, recipes and so much more. And, there are no advertisements. Wow.
I always enjoy their feature writers as well ~ Joyce Meyer, Gary Smalley, Janet Parshall, Daniel Johnston and Max Lucado.
In the current issue, SUMMER 2011, the editor asked for help getting the word out on this beautiful magazine. Thus was born my idea to tell you about lovely Laura and life:beautiful. You can subscribe at http://www.lifebeautifulmagazine.com/. Join Laura and me.
And now for the giveaway . . . comment on this post, telling me what your favorite magazine(s) is and I will add you to the drawing for a copy of the current issue of life:beautiful, to be announced next Monday. You will love it.
Linking today to the lovely Soli Sisters, who would all enjoy life:beautiful.
magazine cover credits: http://www.lifebeautifulmagazine.com/.