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May 2012 Inside this Issue

Discover what women can do How to have great relationships Be inspired by athletes in the Paralympics Anne Graham Lotz on being Billy Graham's daughter


May 2012

Real lives

Anne Graham Lotz on why God loves women, staying rooted in her faith and being Billy Graham’s daughter

When I needed a friend How to have great relationships that make a difference

‘I had a biopsy and a caesarean on the same day’ One woman’s story of how God intervened in her life

Would Like To Meet Has Hopeful Girl met her perfect man?

Meet the woman behind Mumsnet – the UK’s most popular website for parents

What women can do Giving inspiration, finding success and changing lives

No limits Be inspired by the athletes involved in the Paralympics


Body & Soul

Are you your own worst enemy? It doesn’t have to be that way – learn to be your own best friend

Why doesn’t God heal me? Consultant psychiatrist Elizabeth Procter offers some advice

How do you define success? Our Bible study explores God’s definition

Anne Le Tissier explains how she puts our Bible studies together


News & Views

Your letters on unanswered prayers, coping with depression, forgiveness and more

 Agenda Inspiration for the month ahead, including how to feed up to ten people with just £3.35 to spend

 Veronica Zundel wonders how we would survive without modern technology

 Bookclub Recommended reads, plus Alie Stibbe talks about her favourite books

 Man Alive Andrew Graystone mourns the loss of his role as ‘hands-on’ father


Just for you

We're giving away copies of My Own Worst Enemy, by Janet Davis (Bethany House),  Encountering Depression, by Andrew and Elizabeth Procter (SPCK), Jesus, Name Above All Names, by Anne Le Tissier (BRF), Happiness, by Joan Chittister (DLT), Boost Your Faith, by Dr Lin Berwick (SPCK), a Vintage Tea Party book,  plus a Sylvanian Family and Meditation CDs.

Competitions Win pretty watches from Accessorize when you solve our WordSpiral and copies of our recommended reads when you send in a book review.

Joining us in May

We’re bringing together lots of inspiring women this month, so we asked some of our contributors to tell
us who has inspired them in their life or work.

Sarah Abell, explores what makes a great relationship.

I guess that the most accurate description of what I am doing now is probably freelance journalist, relationships coach and mum. I am married to David and we have one son, Jed.

I used to be a BBC TV reporter and also worked as the creative director of Relationships Central and the Agony Aunt for the Daily Telegraph. I have written a book called Inside Out – how to have authentic relationships with everyone in your life (Hodder and Stoughton 2011).

Writing my article on relationships reminded me of my friendship with Amanda. I met her in my mid-20s. At the time I was hopeless at talking about my emotions but she, through her patience and perseverance, helped me to explore and discuss what I was really feeling.

Elizabeth Procter talks about healing.

I love children and have worked with mentally ill and emotionally damaged children and adolescents for many years. I raised four children at the centre of parish life in a vicarage, and delight in our four grandchildren. Perhaps it isn’t surprising that Susannah Wesley has been an inspiration to me. Despite having 19 children (ten of whom lived to adult life), and home schooling them, she was serious about prayer. She taught her children not to disturb her when she was praying, and avoided distraction by flipping her apron over her head. I never had as much success with my own children, but continue to wrestle with making prayer central to my life.

Janet Davis writes about how to be your own best friend.

To my surprise and delight, I have been married to the same man for 32 years, though we’ve actually had about four different marriages within that span. We have four amazing adult children and love to share good food and slow evenings with them.  I also enjoy gardening, nature photography, and long walks. Returning to school in my forties, my path took an unexpected turn into hospital chaplaincy because of the wisdom and intuition of an inspiring woman, Sr Margaret.  She saw gifts and strengths within me that I did not, offering me a job in her department while I was interviewing for a completely different job! She said to me repeatedly, “Do this job as only you can do it.”  To my surprise and delight, I found the woman she saw!

Andrew Graystone writes our Man Alive column

The person who has inspired me most was probably my grandfather. He had a simple but profound faith that stayed with him all through his life. It’s his consistency that I aspire to. When I was away at university, he wrote to me every week in his spidery handwriting. I know he prayed for me daily too. When he died, I helped to clear his house. In a drawer I found his collection of daily Bible study notes going back over 35 years. In that time he had read the entire Bible at least seven times. In his last years he had Alzheimer’s. He didn’t know what day it was, but he went to church every week. He could join in the hymns and prayers because his spiritual life was written into his DNA.

Also writing for us this month are freelance writers and journalists Jes Basra, Ali Herbert and Lucinda van der Hart.


Coming up in our June issue

 You matter more than you think!

 Be inspired by the difference one woman can make

 Learn how to avoid taking on too much

 Celebrate your birthday with a party and make new friends


 How to be generous when times are tough – finance tips from the experts

 Why family mealtimes are important and how to make them fun

 Win a red, white and blue celebration cake from Waitrose and a Diamond Jubilee jigsaw


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