Thursday, February 24, 2011

For 30 years Strang Communications has been a well-known name in the publishing industry. On February 1, however, the company underwent some changes they hope will serve them well as they target growth for their book line and their magazines in the digital age. One big change is that their name will now be Charisma Media. In keeping with these changes they have renamed their book group Charisma House and have relaunched their magazine Charisma.

CEO Steve Strang says the new name was chosen because Charisma “refers not only to spiritual gifts, but also to our calling and passion to serve God and the church. Media signifies the diversified ways we can communicate—not only in print through magazines and books, but also online, via apps and the myriad of other digital vehicles.”

In 1975 Strang, then a 24-year-old newspaper reporter persuaded a Florida church to start a small magazine which he called Charisma. In the years since then, the magazine has come to be Strang Communications' flagship publication, and this publication is now available online.

I was especially excited when I discovered that the February issue features books and articles by Love Inspired authors. For those not familiar with Love Inspired books, there are three lines within Love Inspired. There are the Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical.

The February issue features articles by some of today’s best known Love Inspired authors. Check out Susan May Warren’s article Turning Trauma into Triumph, Margaret Daley’s Mentoring: Pay it Forward, LI editor Emily Rodmell’s article on Amish romance, Linda Ford’s article about the children she adopted, and others by Linda Goodnight, Valerie Hansen, Carolyn Aarsen, and Cheryl Hodde.

An added feature of this special issue is that you can download free books. Three Love Inspired books are offered for free, and you have your choice of three lines. A Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight is the Love Inspired book, Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart is the Love Inspired Historical, and Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry is the Love Inspired Suspense.

The following link will take you to the online February issue of Charisma:

Charisma Magazine

It will be well worth your while to read this wonderful issue of Charisma. If you are hoping to write for Love Inspired, you may learn something from these multipublished authors. Joan Marlowe Golan, executive editor of Love Inspired, says in her introductory article to the issue, “If the spirit moves you to write such stories, we encourage you to submit them to us to consider for publication. Many of our writers began as our readers.”

Are you an aspiring Love Inspired author? Do you have questions about any of the three lines? Leave a comment, and The Borrowed Book ladies will try to help you.


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