Friday, September 23, 2011

TOS Crew Aletheia Writing Magazine Review

Alethia Writing Magazine for Teens
Alethia Writing Magazine for Teens


Ages 13-19
$26 for 4 issues

Aletheia Writing Magazine is a new magazine for Christian teens written by Christian teens, many of whom are homeschooled.

Looking through the Fall 2011 issue, I see 40 pages filled with creative stories, poems, photos, drawings, famous quotes and book reviews.  In this issue, there is an interview with Joe Goode, who is an artist/illustrator.  It was refreshing to read a real life example of someone walking out their faith and using their creative gifts for God.  Though mostly written from a multi-denominational viewpoint, there were a sprinkling of specifically Catholic submissions.

It is admirable to create this sort of outlet for teens that is a world away from the normal pop-culture pervasive today.  While not all submissions were outwardly glorifying God, they were mostly "moral" writings.  And while I don't want to discourage creative writing, I do question some of the submissions in this magazine.

Aletheia does say on their website:

"Aletheia 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."

And from their introductory letter:

"As a Christian homeschooling family ourselves, we know how important it is to provide our children with resources that are spiritually healthy and which creatively enhance their education.  We believe our magazine accomplishes this purpose and we hope you will agree."


From the latest issue, an excerpt from one of the stories written in the "spirit of Tolkien":

"Alatar knelt to the ground beside Beren and placed his hands in the pool of blood on his chest.  His voice was sure and clear.  He almost didn't recognize it.  "Heal!  Heal and be well!  Take it, take it all!  Be well!  What is rightfully mine by Maiar blood I give you!  I renounce my immortality!  Be immortal forevermore!  Awake to your new life!  Hark, for it is I, Alatar the Blue, who is calling."

I personally fail to see the "spiritual" healthiness of this story!

Because of such submissions, I would encourage you to check this magazine out first for yourself  and pre-read it to judge its' fit for the teen readers in your household.  As for our household, we will pass.

You can check out the premier Spring issue of Aletheia free of charge at their website: http://aletheiawritingmagazine.com/index.html

There's also information on how to submit your teens stories, artwork and book reviews for publishing consideration.

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Disclaimer:  I received an issue of this magazine free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

  1. I felt the same way! I was wondering if I was the only one. I pretty much said the same thing about need to read it first before handing it to your kids, and so many of the stories I didn't see it either, and they we so depressing.

    There is a lot of good in some of the other issues though. So I see some good, but too much that may not be as well.

    Glad I am not the only one who felt that way.

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  2. Some of these reviews are making me think I didn't read close enough. My daughter and I both skipped the article you quoted.

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