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April 2011 Contents

Inside this month's issue


Celebrate Easter

Eternal life  It’s not just a promise for the future, but God’s promise for today
What’s behind Paul’s teaching in 2 Corinthians 2? Insights from the ancient tradition of anointing
Bake an Easter bonnet! A gorgeous celebration cake for you to make
What restored my faith in the resurrection An Anglican vicar shares how she overcame a crisis of faith

Real lives

With God, all things are possible Three women share their inspiring stories of overcoming difficulties
We’re struggling through the recession One family’s story of facing tough times
We took the Gospel out on the streets Meet the women who are seeing lives changed in their communities
Sex is a spiritual issue And four other things we should know about making love
Women at work Forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Gwen Adshead talks about her work at Broadmoor high security hospital

Body & Soul

Joni Eareckson Tada shares what she is learning through her recent battle with cancer
‘I was bedbound and in pain’ One woman’s story of life renewed
The blessing of standing still A young woman seeks a closer walk with God in a series of retreats

News, views and events

Your letters on life modelling, judging Israel and caring for others
Would Like To Meet Hopeful Girl meets two very different men at a Christian Singles party
Agenda Inspirational ideas for things to see and do this month
Veronica Zundel On the Royal wedding and why love and marriage are here to stay
Bookclub We’re talking to popular novelist Liz Curtis Higgs
Man Alive Would we shop differently with a Jesus loyalty card? asks Andrew Perry

Just for you

Books to help revive your marriage
Easter recipe and craft books
A collection of Amish Prayers
Tickets to the Grand Designs Live London show
Copies of our inspirational read and Geraldine Latty’s latest album 
Solve our Wordspiral  and win The Book of the Passion and Easter eggs
Send us a book review and win our Bookclub recommended reads
Subscribe - Last chance for our current offer!

Joining us this month

Andrew Perry
I’m husband to Alison; dad to Hannah and James; Rector to a steadily growing congregation at St John’s church in Upper St Leonards on Sea; and Life President of the Clotted Cream & Apricot Tart Appreciation Society. I think our calling as faith-sharers should be a natural, unforced and low-cringe-factor part of our living,  so I’ve always been encouraged by Colossians 4:5, especially in the (old) Jerusalem Bible version: “Be tactful with those who are not Christians and be sure you make the best use of your time with them.  Talk to them agreeably and with a flavour of wit, and try to fit your answers to the needs of each one.”
Andrew writes our Man Alive column

Catherine Francis
Having been a magazine journalist for many years, I’ve learnt that part of my job is to avoid blindly accepting the obvious explanation, and to dig deeper to find the truth. The same is true of my faith. The times when I've felt compelled to question everything, to pull it all apart and piece it back together, have been painful but essential parts of my Christian journey. One of my favourite verses is Mark 9:24: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Faith and doubt, the seen and the unseen, are all part of the mystery of God and our relationship with him – and not, I’ve learnt, something to be feared. Readers can connect with me at
Catherine interviews Dr Gwen Adshead

Karen McIntyre
I am a London based communications consultant, specialising in the charity sector, and also write about issues concerning faith and spirituality. When I’m not on retreat, I enjoy hill walking and climbing with a mountaineering club I’m part of, and exploring London by bike.
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite Bible verse, but one that has guided me so far this year can be found in Psalm 139 – “You hem me in – behind and before, you have laid your hand upon me” (verse 5). When we hit bumpy patches in life, I find it comforting to know that God hems us in on all sides - that nothing is outside of his control or knowledge.
Read about Karen’s year of retreats

Judith Merrell
I first met Honor and Wendy through our work at The Leprosy Mission Trading Company. People were always making cakes and cookies to bring into work, so before long we decided to write a recipe book as a fundraiser to support TLM's work in hospitals and workshops abroad. First came Hallelujah! Chocolate! then Hallelujah! Christmas! and this year we are releasing Hallelujah! Easter!   A special verse for us is Psalm 96:4 “ For God is great and worth a thousand Hallelujahs”. At Easter time, when the sun shines and the daffodils are in bloom, it’s good to remember just how much God has done for us and offer him a chorus of grateful Hallelujahs
The TLM team share a special Easter cake recipe

Coming soon in our May issue

The journey of life

Rediscover the ancient spiritual disciplines

Negotiating those teenage years

How tough times can lead to new beginnings


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