Your last issue (November/December) rocked! Almost every time I turned a page, I screamed for joy. Jars of Clay was perfect timing, since I got the magazine just two weeks before I went to their concert. Keep up the good work!
For years Jars of Clay has ministered to me and many friends of mine. For instance, one friend was going through a terrible time with her parents. She was so disturbed, she seriously considered suicide. But as she listened to the Jars song "He," she broke down and wept. The Lord moved in her life and she was released from suicidal tendencies. I myself found great comfort in "Flood" when my older brother died in a helicopter crash last year. It really did feel like I was drowning at times, but I related to the song and knew the Lord would "lift me up," as the chorus goes. Thank you again for supporting such an awesome ministry as Jars of Clay. And thank you, Jars. You are impacting the lives of this generation with each lyric and note.
Honest about Cheating
When my mother brought in my Campus Life, I started reading it immediately because it featured my favorite band, Jars of Clay. After reading that article, I kept going through the rest of the magazine. I really liked "Everybody's Doing It." Cheating is an issue I've had a problem with (other kids asking to cheat off me), and I'm glad someone finally took the approach the author did. Thank you for being there as a great Christian magazine!
Fort Myers, Florida
You've Helped Me Heal
Thank you for the story "It's Not Fair" (November/December). My dad was mentally ill and didn't live at home, so I never got to see him. One day my mom came home and said he'd killed himself. At first, I was really mad at him. But when I read your story, I just burst into tears. Thanks for helping me realize it wasn't his fault.
I'm a senior in high school and a faithful subscriber to Campus Life. Recently, my youth minister resigned, leaving our group basically in charge of ourselves until the church finds a replacement.
So, I was supposed to teach the lesson at youth group one Sunday morning, and I didn't know what to do it on (seeing that it was 11 p.m. Saturday, I was in a bit of a rush). Anyway, I came across your Web site and found the devotional series on giving thanks no matter what the circumstances ("Faith Builders," November/December.) It was perfect for what I wanted to do! I did all three devotionals with my youth group, and it was a hit. Thanks again and may the Lord bless you and your mission.
More Zombie Alternatives
I just read your reply to the Rob Zombie and Pantera question ("Tell Me about It," November/December). It's so awesome that you recommended the Solid State label as an alternative to those artists. There are many other record companies who put out similar styles of music, like Screaming Giant, Metro One (home of Spoken and Gryp), and Rescue (former home of P.O.D., which recently signed to Atlantic Records). You could give music from these labels to any kids who might want good Christian punk, ska, rapcore or hardcore.