Product Review- Eternal Encouragement ENewsletter

Well, as I enter into my second Gabby Mom's review for Eternal Encouragement (formerly TEACH magazine), I have a disclaimer to make, a confession of sorts:

I do not like Enewsletters!

I'm not sure why.  I love my computer.  I do almost everything digitally now.  But, I am not a fan of enewsletters or digital magazines.  Perhaps one problem is that I do not like to click from the newsletter to any other link.  If I can sit down and read the newsletter in its entirety, I am okay with it, but throw in some links I have to click back and forth to, and you've lost me.  I have some distraction issues.

So, when I was given my Gabby Mom assignment for the month- to review the Eternal Encouragement enews, I was less than thrilled.  And a little apprehensive.  Because I've been impressed by what I've read and heard from Eternal Encouragement so far, and I think this can be a valuable resource to wives and mothers.  So, I read my newsletters with great fear and trembling (not quite but there was some trepidation.)



Eternal Encouragement enewsletter is a free enews from TEACH magazine:  http://www.homemakingwithteach.com.  I was happy to see that the newsletters did contain the good things I have come to look for from Eternal Encouragement- words of wisdom for wives and moms and tips about marriage and parenting.  I was happy to see that the first section of the newsletter had NO links to click.  Hooray!  I was able to read through Lorrie's opening words and be convicted and encouraged at the same time- just what I've come to appreciate about the ministry of Eternal Encouragement.


But, then, after a few advertisements, I reached the dreaded link.  Click here for....  The first link was to a short YouTube video- part of a "Chick Flicks for Mom" series that Lorrie does for the newsletter readers.  The video clip shows Lorrie talking in person.  That was a nice personal touch.  (Even if I did have to follow a link to get there.)  Unfortunately, both newsletters that I reviewed had the same Chick Flicks link.  However, when I got to the Chick Flicks page, I could scroll down and see the previous clip (that was probably supposed to be attached to my first newsletter.)   


The last newsletter item was a Timely Tip.  This tip, written by a guest writer, was another link sharing information about marriage and homemaking.  And this link was an actual PDF file that opened.  This could be good if you wanted to print out these tips and keep them in a home binder.  I particularly don't want to wait for PDF files to download when I'm reading a newsletter and I imagine it would be slow for folks with a dial up modem.  But, I could see the benefit to making these tips printable.

If you enjoy reading enewsletters, this is a good one.  Eternal Encouragement newsletter offers advice, conviction, and encouragement for wives and moms in a short, easy to read each week format.  You can sign up easily (and free) on the TEACH magazine website in the upper right hand corner.  You can also read other reviews for the newsletters at the Gabby Moms site.

I am reviewing Encouraging Moments as an official member of The Gabby Moms blogging program for Eternal Encouragement magazine.  I did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions are solely my own.

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9 comments :

  1. I appreciate the honesty in this post. I love print things myself, so I can completely relate.

    That being said, I do like this newsletter even if I don't always completely read it due to the link thing. ;)

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  2. I hear ya! I always sign up for enewsletter and never actually read them. I find Encouraging Moments to be the exception though! Thanks for your honest review!

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  3. I love the colors on your blog scheme. ;) It's nice to be pleasantly surprised by something, isn't it? Thanks for sharing.
    Jenny
    fellow Gabby Mom
    www.manyhatsmommy.blogspot.com

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  4. Typically, I am not a fan of newsletters either (online varieties). Yet, I found this one to be easy to navigate, and not so busy, as some I have come across.

    Thanks for the review,
    jada another Gabby Mom

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  5. Typically, I am not a fan of newsletters either (online varieties). Yet, I found this one to be easy to navigate, and not so busy, as some I have come across.

    Thanks for the review,
    jada another Gabby Mom

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  6. Hi,

    This was great to read. The funny thing is I can totqally relate to the link dislike. Yet, if I take them all out, well, how could we? How about if we try to limit them? And as for you ladies, skip the links if you want to. just don't throw out the baby with the bathwater!

    Love,
    Lorrie

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  7. I also prefer "print" newsletter and magazines. EE is the only enewsletter that I read that isn't sewing or knitting related. Good, honest review!
    Blessings,
    Carie (another Gabby Mom)

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  8. Yea, many of us have a distaste for digital copy, yet here we are writing weekly on our blogs! Funny!
    I agree that this e-newsletter was one of the easiest and cleanest ones I've seen.
    fellow Gabby Mom

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  9. I'm glad that we always have the option to print out the newsletter, even if it isn't in the exact same format. Nice review!

    Julieanne (fellow Gabby Mom)
    http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

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