I'm always on the lookout for great resources to share with you, which is why I was so excited when Sisterhood Magazine recently approached me about doing a review and giveaway on the blog. I've been a fan of Sisterhood for years back to when it was known as Susie. I've been anxiously awaiting the day that my daughters are old enough to read Sisterhood.
Sisterhood is a fantastic magazine aimed at teen girls. So much of what is available in magazine form for teen girls focuses on beauty tips and relationship advice. If you look at the magazine section of any grocery store, you'll find magazines for teens that focus on the superficial and sex. While those magazines may also include some interesting articles that our daughters can relate to, their overall message is one of sex and beauty.
Sisterhood Magazine is different. Each issue is packed full of fun ideas -- from DIY wall decorations to wacky things you can send in the mail. There are profiles of Christian bands and artists and articles about everyday teenagers who are doing extraordinary things. The magazine includes the typical question-and-answer features that are so popular with teen girls, but all the answers in those articles come with a Christ-centered perspective.
Too often, I find, that Christian books and magazines aimed at tweens and teens often come across as preachy and irrelevant. Sisterhood Magazine avoids that problem by offering up solid advice and interesting articles without making teens feel as if they are being handed a list of rules to follow. One recent question-and-answer piece addressed the question of whether one of Katy Perry's songs glorified divorce. I thoroughly enjoyed the well thought, reflective response the writer gave, pointing out that the song actually expressed disappointment in how a marriage turned out while still reminding the reader that not all of Katy Perry's songs are worth listening to.
Each issue includes serious articles about issues that Christ-following girls face. I especially enjoyed the articles that talked about what other religions believe and how our daughters can counter those beliefs with their own. Those articles teach girls how to have a reasonable, informed discussion with someone of another faith.
Many of the articles in Sisterhood Magazine encourage girls to get in on the action. Whether it's a call to join a mission trip to Peru or an encouragement to read through the Bible in a year, Sisterhood Magazine is interested in getting their readers involved in letting God change their own lives and the lives of others.
Sisterhood also addresses the typical teen girl issues from fashion to fitness to dating, but they do it all from a Christ-centered perspective. I especially liked that the models for their fashion pieces were regular-sized people and not stick-thin models.
Sisterhood Magazine doesn't skimp on the publishing details either. The full-color, glossy magazine is as appealing to look at as Seventeen.
I also love the fact that Sisterhood is also an online community. You can find them on Facebook here. They also have an active community on their website that is available with your paid subscription. If your daughter would rather read online, you can buy a subscription through the Sisterhood Magazine app for the iPhone.
Now that you know what I think about Sisterhood Magazine, here's the great news: Sisterhood Magazine is letting me give away two full print subscriptions to the magazine. All you have to do to enter is click on the entry below. If you have a teen daughter, this is your chance to get them hooked on a great magazine. Don't miss it.