I received my copy of the new Christian Odyssey a few days ago. It was great to see a church publication in color once again. So much more attractive and eye-catching. I found "Making History in Montana" and "Guarding Hitler’s Deputy" quite interesting since I like history.
I enjoyed all the articles, but I’m particularly excited about the "Jump Start" concept — allowing space for never-before-published writers to have a chance to be read. I think I may give it a try myself.
This is probably not the ideal way to express my thanks to Mike Feazell for his latest article ("The Chink in Death’s Armor"), but thanks, nevertheless.
A longtime friend of mine died after a valiant, gracious fight with illness, and I’m having these waves of sadness. I know my sadness is selfish. I believe God’s promise, but I am weak. I inhabit a human body with all of its circuitry. His timely article helps me the same way that fact-checking at a time of loss and doubt has always helped me.
Thanks for asking for involvement from us out here! I am being brave as suggested in "Jump Start" in submitting an article. I have never been published, but am a devoted writer — to my journal — if nothing else!
I wanted to send a note saying how much I appreciate the new look of Odyssey. This is the first time I have actually read a church publication from cover to cover in years! I especially enjoyed Joyce Catherwood’s article "The Bride’s Story" — very clever, very touching and one for the file. I would love to read more from her.
Thanks for making the readers feel ownership of the magazine and encouraging our participation. It helps to keep a scattered church a little more connected.
I found Christian Odyssey’s first issue to be good. However, I did not care for the article "The Bride’s Story." Accounts of historical events presented without clearly indicating they are fictional trouble me. It is probably safe to assume that Christians familiar with the Bible knew this was fictional. Don’t assume this to be true for non-Christians, especially ones from other countries. The blurring of the line between fact and fiction can be seen in the struggle currently taking place about the book The Da Vinci Code. Fictional stories can help to convey lessons, but make sure they clearly are portrayed as that.
We just received our copy of Odyssey today. It is a huge improvement over previous. I really like the varied columns like "Jump Start" and "Hmmm." And, of course, it was good to see more from a feminine perspective — and maybe even a bit more in the future?