Breath No. 2 Has Launched
Breath No. 2 is Now Available
The first orders of Breath No. 2 shipped this week. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think of our design changes.
Many independent magazines, like Cereal, Water Journal, and Drift, use matte paper to save on costs and lend a dream-like quality to their photographs. We went a different direction with Breath and published our first issue with Sterling Premium paper, a matte paper with a gloss coating. We decided to take our second issue up a notch by using McCoy Silk. This paper provides more crispness, not just to the images (the detail in the cover is phenomenal), but to the text as well. We broke the mold with No. 1; we hit our groove with No. 2.
Breath Ain’t Your Mama’s Devotional
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.
I had coffee with a pastor the other day, and he told me that he had received some comments that a few articles in Breath No. 1 had some sharp edges. I couldn’t help but smile. There are enough Christian magazines out there that serve up soft devotionals, comfort-food recipes, and celebrity interviews. We didn’t design Breath to entertain, but to preach the faith and challenge the saints. If Breath isn’t inspiring, infuriating, and wonderful all at the same time, then we missed our mark.
The Words of This Life
“Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”
David Curry is the president of Open Doors USA, a corporate ministry organization that tracks the persecution of Christians around the world. He wrote a column in USA Today about the persecutions and killings of Nigerian Christians and China’s “Orwellian crackdown” on believers. He included this stinging rebuke of the American church.
Yet the leadership of the American church, with its super pastors and megachurches, is whistling through the graveyard. The best that we have created, which relies on upbeat music and positivity to attract donors to sustain large budgets, leaves little room for pastors to talk about the suffering of global Christians. Like most of the culture, the American church is more concerned about college-entrance scandals and “Game of Thrones” than persecutions. Inoculated by entertainment and self-absorption, they are completely detached from the global church.
(And readers thought Faith as Entertainment was biting?)
We went to Beira, Mozambique, for this issue to witness a Gospel crusade in the”global church.” The preaching wasn’t easy and just months after the Gospel workers had packed their stage and stadium lights the city was wiped out by a cyclone. It brought Paul’s words close to home.
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
We love our readers enormously. You’re not Curry’s American church. You are part of those who believe, like those Gospel workers in Beira, that “all the words of this life” are God-breathed. And, like Paul, we thank the Lord for you.
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
Breath as Gospel Tract
Aisha writes in her editor’s letter that our magazine is a Gospel tract for the 21st century. It truly is. If you know someone who would appreciate Breath but can’t afford it, let us know. We’ll figure out a way to get a copy to him. We believe it is that important.