Hey, Girls (and some of the awesome guys who also read along!)

Let’s have a little chat, shall we? Pretend we are all sitting around in my tiny living room (but fortunately for you, my psychotic cat is nowhere to be seen) having tea and cakes, that we have spent a lovely afternoon together talking about what all girls talk about (Mr. Darcy vs. Mr. Thornton) and now are getting down to the “serius bizness” that I called you all over to discuss.

Femnista.

I’ve thought long and hard about this. (Here, I pause, to take a sustaining sip of peppermint tea and for dramatic effect.) I’ve debated back and forth, considered a lot of options, discussed it with people who profess to Know Things (whether or not that is true is yet to be seen), and am now bringing it to you.

I think what it is now is awesome. There’s nothing out there like it, no other magazine that takes as much enjoyment in entertainment and sometimes digs deeper to find the messages beneath the obvious, but how would you feel about expanding on it a bit? Maybe adding a modern section inside that has more relevant articles that do dig deeper, that ask some hard questions; that challenge you in your faith and in your life in general?

We would still have the themes and the fabulous literary men, but we would also have some applicable stuff that covers more serious topics. Like what? Well, for example, recently, I read a really inspiring guest blog post that talked about how to overcome anorexia as a Christian. (Do Christian girls really deal with that? Yes, they do!) I found it very thought-provoking even though it was not targeted at me, and it gave me compassion for the girls who do deal with it.

That’s how our lives should be, as Christians. We need to learn to love one another, and learn from each other, and support one another, and our lives need to be about more than just movies. Some of the modern articles can be just plain fun (maybe I’ll even write something up on hoop dancing) and some of them can be more serious (is there anything God has put on your heart to talk about?) but I want part of our focus to be on things that matter.

(Here, I glance around the room at all the thoughtful expressions. The cakes are almost gone.)

What do you think? Can Femnista become more than it is? Would you be willing to help me? Is this something that you would like? What would be in your dream magazine? What do you need from a magazine that you are not getting now? I’m asking you to share with me and to brainstorm with me.

Please, if you care about this publication, weigh in with your opinion.

If this is something you can get excited about, point me in the direction of blogs and friends that you think might have something important to contribute or a message that needs heard.  Or volunteer to write something for me. If this happens (and that is if I can find the help I need to make it happen, and if my readers want it — in other words, if it is God’s will) I won’t be able to do it alone.