Breath No. 2 is in the works
When we first decided to create a new magazine, we literally started from scratch. We were both lawyers without any experience in photography, graphic design, or publishing. I remember opening InDesign for the first time, not having the first clue about how to create a document let alone design a 144-page magazine. But after a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, we got Breath No. 1 to our printer, and we’re still thrilled with how it turned out every time we pick it up.
We started laying out No. 2 this week, and we feel like we’re old pros now. Just yesterday we incorporated some design changes that we think you’re going to like. Our goal from the start was to create a top-shelf magazine for believers to embrace in their walk of faith. No. 2 is going to improve on that idea.
Every now and then, we’re contacted by people who want to contribute to Breath. Here is an excerpt from an email we received just a couple of weeks ago.
I was born into a Muslim family, but attended the same Catholic school for my whole life before entering university, and have strong respect of and understanding for the Christian faith. I would therefore love to write an article of feature piece about my experience of how faith made me the strong woman I am today. The aim of the article is the empowerment of faith, how it cultivates resilience and determination, whilst providing a sense of security and comfort. I would like to use my own experiences as feeling different, and outsider and unique to show why individuality should be celebrated.
I know Breath Magazine is a Christian Magazine, but I hope by providing an alternative route to faith, I can show Christians that there is no 'set' way to faith, God's love or Jesus' salvation.
After all, did Jesus not say "let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
I look forward to your reply,
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you. I have no one like him who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. All of them are seeking their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
In Breath No. 1, we wrote about Joe Morris, a man whom we characterized as a modern-day Agabus. While we were doing our work for the second issue, we came across a minister who experienced a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the Lord. We asked to interview him, and quickly hopped on a plane when he said yes. One thing he told us was that we were the only people who had asked to talk to him about his experience. This man is a national figure, and this was six months after the vision. Makes you wonder. Look for our interview in the upcoming issue.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
One of the thousands of decisions you have to make when creating a magazine is what you’re going to do about photography. Most, if not all, Christian magazines have decided to use stock and press-release photographs. A few weeks, ago, for instance, I was in a bookstore and noticed that one of the Christian magazines had the same photograph of an actor on its cover as did a local music magazine. Both periodicals used the actor’s press photographs in order to save time and money.
Here at Breath, we decided early on to create original photography for the magazine. It’s more interesting and, when you get it right, it’s also more beautiful. The gallery is from our latest travels for No. 2.