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Some ParentLife Love

I have a new sponsor at jonathancliff.com.  I’d like to introduce everybody to the greatness of the ParentLife magazine.  What?  You think you’ve heard of it before?  Well if you’ve run in any of the LifeWay circles of the past, then you might have seen a ParentLife magazine.  However, they’ve completely redesigned their cover, and done a massive overhaul to the content between the covers.  The folks over at LifeWay were kind enough to send over a free copy for myself to look through and I have to say that it is a really well done parenting magazine.

Here are some of the things I liked about ParentLife:

  • The cover is wild and makes you want look at it further.  It’s just a fun, inviting, humorous cover.  The people at ParentLife do things well, and the cover will show you that right off the bat.  (I’d also love to say that I love the texture of the paper used on the cover.  Not that it matters, but it’s different and I liked it!)

  • It’s relevant.  The material is extremely relevant and all the information is so easy to find.  I loved the age sections with pertinent information for each age of kid.
  • Along these same lines, it’s also all-encompassing.  There was an article for grandparents, single parents, divorced parents and their step-children, and even that rare breed of married couples living with their own children.  This would make a great hand-out resource to the families in my church.  Those with and/or without children.
  • It’s short and sweet.  I sometimes have the attention span of an 8 year old; yet I was able to enjoy this magazine.  It’s a rare thing, but there wasn’t an article that spanned more than 2 pages.  Every article was well written, but it was  concise  and begged for my attention with it’s short span.
  • It had great ideas.  It was chalked full of really easy-to-do things with my kids.  From bible study ideas for my 8 year old, to play-time ideas for my 7 year old, and interesting do around the house craft things for my 5 year old.  I walked away with ideas after reading it.  Not something I can say with every magazine I subscribe to.

So here’s the thing.  ParentLife has sent me a free magazine, and they are of course a site sponsor with purchased advertisement space on the side bar; but I really love their product.  I hope that you’ll take some time to read my advertiser Disclosure Statement, and you’ll read that I don’t let just any organization run ads on my site. ParentLife is something I believe in, and after looking at this new re-design my wheels are already spinning with ways I could use this with some of my new and visiting parents at Trinity.

ParentLife has even offered to giveaway an entire 12 month subscription to their magazine to one of my readers.  Yes, you read that right.  A FREE 12-month subscription!  There are a few 1,000 ways to run a blog contest, but I’m lazy and will make this totally random using Random.org to help me sort all the entries to find our winner.  So to enter I’ll le t you leave a comment right here on this blog post to be entered.  And with this post going out on Monday, I’ll let you leave a comment every day for 5 entries total.  So to recap, you have 5 days to leave a comment on 5 different days to get your name in the drawing up to 5 times.  Get it?

See you on Friday when I announce the winner of the free 12 month subscription to ParentLife.

We have our winner: http://www.jonathancliff.com/2011/03/parentlife-magazine-winner/

In the mean time take some blogging time to visit  www.lifeway.com/parentlifeblog and read what the ParentLife people are producing for all the blog readers!  It’s gonna be a great week.  Now Go!

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Kenn Ruckey · February 28, 2011

    Any info I can get to help strengthen my daughters Christian walk in this crazy world is a blessing!! Thanks for your help and encouragement Jonathan!

  2. Brandon · February 28, 2011

    I have used Parent Life for years since I serve in SBC churches, and I have never thought too highly of the content. They would throw out something good every once and a while, but generally I found the articles ill-timed or just off a bit. I hope that their refresh is a good one and will make this a great resource for families.

  3. John Foley · February 28, 2011

    Looks cool.

  4. Aajourneykids · February 28, 2011

    looks awesome, i would love to have this resource.

  5. Peter · February 28, 2011

    I see this around at a handful of churches and have looked through the magazine before. It does look interesting and I think our family could make good use of it.

  6. coreyrayjones · March 1, 2011

    Sweet blog, I enjoy reading it :)

  7. Kelly · March 1, 2011

    I’d love a subscription to “Parent Life.” Much better than the Parenting one I have now. I got a subscription to “Parenting: The School Years” and it is horrible. I can’t tell you how many times I disagree with it. I’m positive “Parent Life” would not disappoint.

  8. Peter · March 1, 2011

    I think I’d still appreciate a subscription to Parent Life. :)

  9. Brandon · March 1, 2011

    Day 2 entry

  10. Peter · March 2, 2011

    And on Day 3 – this would still be a great resource.

  11. Acooley · March 3, 2011


  12. Jeff · March 4, 2011

    Sounds cool Jonathan. Excited to enter (and hopefully win)!

  13. Jamey Kelsey · March 4, 2011

    Looks like a great resource. Random Can You PLEASSSSSSSSSSSE PICK ME. PICK ME. PICK ME. PICK ME. PICK ME. PICK MEEEEEEEEE………..
    Seriously, JC Thank You for pouring out into others lives to make #kidmin better. I have learned a lot since I have started looking around the blogosphere. Resources like these are awesome….

  14. Kelly · March 4, 2011

    Comment #2 for me. :)