Pursue Magazine; BECOME by Tessa Emily Hall and Others

About this Issue:

Are you ready to embrace your uniqueness, discover who you are in Christ, and BECOME?

In this first issue of PURSUE Magazine, our team of writers have come together to inspire teens to become all they were created to be in Christ. Through our conversational articles written for the busy teen-on-the-go, you will be equipped to…

• Understand God’s calling on your life
• Tap into the gifts and talents you have been given
• View yourself as a child of God, destined for a purpose

and more!

Features include: Quiz Yourself (a quiz that will help you learn how to make the most of your personality), Filling Your Creative Tank (a tip that will add color to your daily Bible studies), From His Perspective (young guys share the esteemed qualities they look for in a girl), as well as an interview with fashion model and blogger, Tara Michelle Brose.

PURSUE is an e-magazine that encourages and inspires girls to make the most of their youth. Check out our weekly blog posts at http://www.PursueMagazine.net.


Magazines that have real, inspirational, and meaningful messages are incredibly hard to find in today’s culture. Most magazines, especially for women and teens, are focused on how to make themselves accepted in society be changing themselves, but Pursue Magazine, intended for teen girls and young women, focuses on embracing who you are, and who God created you to be.

In this first issue, called BECOME, the columnists and guest writers pour their hearts out to encourage and inspire girls to become the special person that they already are, meaning to find their identity in Christ and to pursue their passions.

Some articles are incredibly vulnerable from the author, some are light-hearted and entertaining, and some are interactive for the reader. The pictures are matched up well with the articles and are very official looking; the design is creative, neat and easy to read from, and the passion that the staff has for the magazine sets it apart from others. It’s not overwhelmed with advertisements, though there are some books displayed on the sides.

Overall, I am very pleased to have come across a Christian girl’s magazine and encourage girls between ages 14 to upper 20s (as there are college related articles) to check out the magazine for yourselves, I’m sure that you’ll be able to get something out of it!

Disclaimer– I am a contributor to the magazine as a monthly columnist, however my participation in the publication does not change my opinion of the magazine, as I would still promote it should my article be taken out.

To learn more about the magazine and read the online blog, please visit PursueMagazine.net . Also, below is a link to purchase the digital issue for $1.99 from Amazon.





Tumult & Tears by Vivian Newman

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

During the First World War and its immediate aftermath, hundreds of women wrote thousands of poems on multiple themes and for many different purposes. Women s poetry was published, sold (sometimes to raise funds for charities as diverse as Beef Tea for Troops or The Blue Cross Fund for Warhorses ), read, preserved, awarded prizes and often critically acclaimed. Tumult and Tears will demonstrate how women s war poetry, like that of their male counterparts, was largely based upon their day-to-day lives and contemporary beliefs. Poems are placed within their wartime context. From war worker to parent; from serving daughter to grieving mother, sweetheart, wife; from writing whilst within earshot of the guns, whilst making the munitions of war, or whilst sitting in relative safety at home, these predominantly amateur, middle-class poets explore, with a few tantalising gaps, nearly every aspect of women s wartime lives, from their newly public often uniformed roles to their sexuality.


Poetry was the language of the people (men, women, and children) during the wars, helping them express their sadness, joy, concerns, confusion, and so much more in ways that are so openly honest. Tumult & Tears is a book that focuses singly on the women who wrote poetry during World War One, breaking down and explaining the desire, meaning, and emotion each poet may have had when writing.

The layout of the book is very organized and flows wonderfully in and out of each transition to the next section. The descriptions of the poems are brief and to the point, but also informative and enjoyable to read.

The way the poetry is listed (and written by the poets) is engaging and will bring a whole new view of the war to the reader, because, personally, I think poetry is more raw and heartfelt than a story. If you are a fan of poetry, especially older poetry, then you may very well need Tumult & Tears because some of the poems stick out with intensity and I was a bit sad when the book ended.

I give Tumult & Tears:  An Anthology of Women’s First World War Poetry by Vivien Newman 5 out of 5 stars and will look forward to reading more books from this author.

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NIV, Journal the Word Bible published by Zondervan

I received this Bible for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


The NIV Journal the Word(TM) Bible allows you to creatively express yourself every day with plenty of room for notes or verse art journaling next to your treasured verses. With unique and sophisticated covers, this single-column edition features thick cream-colored paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, perfect to reflect on God’s Word and enhance your study.

Excellent for a gift or for personal use, it can also be a cherished heirloom to pass on to future generations with your personal writings inside! This exquisitely designed floral cloth over board edition is likely to become a lifelong treasure.

Features of this treasured Bible include: • Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections • Thicker cream paper for enduring note-taking • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV) • Easy-to-read black-letter text • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk • Ribbon marker


Journaling Bibles have become extremely popular in the past year or so and it’s easy to understand why, a journaling Bible allows you to take memorable notes that won’t fall out or fill up your Bible to the point that it won’t close (I speak from experience 🙂 ). Bibles have always been more personal than the digital ones we can access on our devices, but the journal Bible actually makes it more personal, more long lasting, because of the room for thoughts, mediations, quotes, and highlights that can turn your Bible into your very own study Bible (in your own handwriting!)!

**If you know from my past reviews, I’m not a huge fan of the NIV Bible (I prefer ESV and NKJV) in general, however I knew that this was NIV when I requested it so I am not going to be including that particular opinion in this review, I am simply reviewing the Journaling Bible as a design.

First, this Bible is a solid book that feels good when you hold it (if you like the heavier Bibles) and the fabric cover is very well made and looks to be durable. The font on the binding is elegant and adds that touch of personality that many women like in their Bibles.   On the inside is a place to write your personal information and it is very clean looking. Also the font throughout the Bible is large enough to read easily but not so big that anyone looking over your shoulder would assume you’re blind 😉 (The journaling Bible I have had for a while has very, very small font and has two columns of words per page, this has a single column with probably a 2 pt increase in font and allows room for note taking in between verses if desired).

As for things I don’t care for, this Bible doesn’t have a map, which I’ve always liked in my Bibles, but more importantly it doesn’t have a glossary of any sort. I’ve always been one to use glossaries because they are convenient and honestly quite helpful when studying, next to glossaries I like cross references of which this Bible also lacks. Also the Red Lettering found in many Bibles is not present in this journal Bible which I thought was quite odd.

So if you are looking for a journal Bible that you want to use to study with (scholars), however cute this one may be, I think that there are better ones to choose from, but if you are just looking for a Bible that you want to read from and jot down your thoughts and definitions while drinking a cup of coffee, this one may be for you! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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NIV Teen Study Bible published by Zondervan

I received this Bible for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Special Features:

*We Believe- Unpacks the Apostles’ Creed to reveal the Biblical foundation of faith.

*Panorama- Keeps the big picture of each book of the Bible in view

*4 full-colored pages- Presentation page and information about the Apostles’ Creed

* Key Indexes- Help with in-depth Bible study

*To the Point- Reveals what the Bible says about pressing issues

*Dear Jordan- Offers biblical advice for teens

*Instant Access- Tell what God says to you personally

*Q&A- Tests you knowledge of Bible trivia

*Bible Promises- Highlights Bible verses worth remembering

*Book Introductions- Provides an overview for each book of the Bible

*8 page, full-colored map selection

*Complete text of the New Living Translation (NIV) of the Bible


This new teen study Bible from Zondervan is perfect for both teen boys and girls, who are looking to study God’s Word on a more intimate and knowledgable level.

There a few sections that focus mainly on girls or mainly on boys. These are the Dear Jordan pages and they deal with real teen problems such as cutting, porn, clothes to wear, cussing, etc. and help teens find verses to go along with the subject they are studying.

The “overview” of each book of the Bible is helpful and interesting to read as well. It includes 5 or so facts about the said book as well as about when it was written and who probably (if unsure) wrote it. The Questions and Answers are also fun.

A check list can be found in the very back of the Bible that encourages the reader to go through the entire Bible, and helps keep track of where you are. The colors are neutral, not boring and not crazy colors and pictures, and the Bible is hardback, making it appealing to either gender of teen.

The only thing that wasn’t up to par with me was that it is NIV; I personally prefer the ESV or most of the time KJV, but that’s a personal opinion.

Overall, this particular teen study Bible from Zondervan earns 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend it to any teen who has been looking for a study Bible.


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Rated: * * * *






Interview With Don Spector

Disclaimer: I have NOT read this book so if you purchase this book on behalf of this interview and are displeased with the book, please do not hold it against me. I didn’t have time to read the book AND post the interview but I do have good feelings about this book and I liked the research I did on it.

The Synopsis:

Mad Men. Don Spector didn’t just watch them on television. He was one of them.
Starting in a Madison Avenue ad agency in the ‘60’s, he actually lived the life captured in the TV show. In “Memories of a Mad Man” he shares with us an unforgettable era filled with humor, brilliance, wonderful heroes and big, bad villains.
The funny and fascinating stories he tells uncover the reality of the ad world behind the show.
• What was it like dealing with celebrities of the era?
• How did the advent of computers spoil one of the greatest boondoggles that Mad Men—and Mad Women—enjoyed?
• The Three Martini Lunch. True or false?
• What’s the real truth about truth in advertising?
The book answers these and many more intriguing questions in this unique look into a unique profession.

Interview with Don Spector:

About Don:

Starting as a copywriter in a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the ‘60s, Don Spector is a genuine Mad Man. Creating advertising for the agency’s high-profile accounts like Smirnoff Vodka, Tareyton cigarettes and Q-Tips, he began his ascent up the creative ladder. His commercials and print ads for clients like Xerox, the AT&T Yellow Pages and Jaguar caught the attention of BBDO executives who brought him to Los Angeles where he was ultimately named Vice President/Creative Director of BBDO/West. After moving to Foote Cone Belding/Los Angeles, he eventually started his own agency where he served clients of all stripes. In his career, the advertising he created for clients like ARCO, Absolut Vodka, Bristol-Myers and S.C. Johnson won numerous awards. But, more importantly, it helped to generate millions of dollars in sales.


Book Related

Please tell us about your current release.

Memories of a Mad Man is just that—stories told by a genuine Mad Man.

I started my advertising career on Madison Avenue at just about the time the television show’s plot line began. Rather than an autobiography, the book is a collection of true tales that capture the most fascinating facets of a fascinating profession.

He tells the truth about things like Alcohol (was there really a 3-martini lunch?), Casting (did a casting couch really help actresses get parts in commercials?), and Truth in Advertising (did ad people hew to the truth or did they occasionally bend it? Guess.)

In my decades of creating commercials and ads for clients like the Yellow Pages, Xerox, Absolut Vodka, Jaguar and Bristol Myers, I had unique adventures and met equally unique people — some famous and some infamous. This book offers a one-of-a-kind look at a one-of-a-kind profession.

What inspired you to write this book?

It all started over thirty years ago when, as creative director of a major ad agency, I was the guest on a radio talk show. We talked about advertising and when the host opened the show to phone calls, all the lines lit up instantly.  During a commercial break the host told me it was the biggest response he ever had.  People apparently loved to find out what the real behind-the-scenes advertising world was like. Years later, the success of the show Mad Men proved that. As a real-life Mad Man, I had worked for decades living and observing all sorts of interesting advertising stories that I was often asked to tell—and even retell—to family, friends and associates.  Then one day it struck me — I had all these stories in me that people liked to hear and I was a writer.  Why not write a book?  And Memories of a Mad Man was born.

An excerpt from my book:

I don’t know if it was like that before I entered advertising but by the time I did, the days of the fabled three-martini lunch were beginning to fade. And that was just as well because, frankly, I wasn’t very good at handling my liquor. Even one glass of wine at lunch made me sleepy and, besides being unable to write much, I didn’t relish the idea of someone coming into my office at three in the afternoon to see me snoozing at my desk. But I did occasionally make an exception. And once when I did, I learned a valuable lesson.

I went to lunch in a Madison Avenue restaurant with an agency producer I did a lot of work with. I don’t remember what the occasion was but Ed suggested we have a drink and I agreed. I ordered a Bloody Mary while Ed ordered a scotch and soda. I was surprised.

“Ed,” I exclaimed. “When we get back to the office they’ll smell that booze on your breath. That’s why I’m having a vodka drink.”

“Yes,” Ed said, “but you know that we’re not going to stop at just one drink. And when we get back to the office, at least they’ll know I’m drunk. They’ll just think you’re stupid.”

I thought about his wisdom for a moment and called the waiter over. “Make that a scotch and soda.”

And from that day on when I did have a drink at lunch I made sure it wasn’t vodka. I’d rather be thought of as drunk, not stupid.

What exciting story are you working on next?

I have no idea but at the suggestion of a friend, a successful author, I might try my hand at writing fiction.  Maybe writing advertising trained me to write fiction……just kidding!

Writing life related:

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Even after writing for newspapers at my high school, college and graduate school (interestingly, all of the papers were named The Spectator) I didn’t think of myself as a writer.  It was only when advertising caught my interest as a career that my writing experience kicked in and I wanted to become a copywriter.  But I had to pay my dues first and I got a job in the mailroom of a Madison Avenue agency.  I took a night school class in copywriting and one day while delivering mail to the agency creative director I got the courage to leave a sample of my homework in his inbox.  Not long after, he called me in the mailroom and asked me to come to his office.  I knew I was going to be fired.  Instead, he said he thought I had some promise as a writer and the following week I sat in my own office facing a blank piece of paper in an electric typewriter with an assignment to write a radio commercial.  I was officially a writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I’m retired so finding time to write isn’t a problem.  Deciding what to write is.  “Memories of a Mad Man” is my first and only book.   As mentioned above, I’m considering writing a novel.

Fun related:

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I dictate about a quarter of my writing.  In writing my book I had hit a creative wall, the dreaded writer’s block.  I mentioned it to a fellow author who suggested I try dictating the portion I was stuck in.  I got a dictation program for my Mac, held up a microphone and started talking.  I was amazed…he was right.  The words flowed.  Dictating works especially well for me because my writing style has always been conversational.  Several people have told me that when they’re reading my book they have the feeling that I’m in the room talking to them.  That’s a great compliment to me and I owe some of it to my dictation-creation.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a tot, I wanted to be a doctor like my daddy.  But as I grew older and heard him answer a phone call at 3 in the morning and then dress and rush out to make a house call, the doctor business didn’t seem as appealing to me as it had been.