Rich in Spirit, January 28, 2004
When I first saw The Oprah Magazine I thought it
seemed to be the same style as Martha Stewart's magazine, just
with different content. The size and style is really quite
similar. The price? Well The Oprah Magazine is far more
affordable. If I had to make the choice between the two
magazines, I'd pick Oprah's because it is richer in spirit. It
is more about the reader and has more articles to enrich your
I compared the October, 2002 issues and this is what I
came up with:
They both have calendars. The O calendar is very unique. It
is not about a list of "Must do or the world will end"
and "Stress." It is a relaxation calendar filled with
quotes and ideas on how YOU can relax. This really focused on
the reader. In Martha's calendar we find "Martha's"
schedule. This was all about "what needs to get done."
What a contrast.
There seems to be an equal amount of advertising, although
the advertising in the O magazine is a bit sexier and more
focused on beauty.
There is more humor in the Oprah magazine. Who will ever
forget Oprah standing waist deep in water next the waterfall
completely drenched and completely happy. That is my favorite
Oprah picture ever. It shows her soul.
I also like the themes in the O magazine.
The first few pages in the magazine are dedicated to the
contributors with full pictures and mini-biographies and
information. I also like reading the notes from readers about
past articles and features.
Some of the articles included information on:
Telling it like it is by Dr. Phil
(He just says it like it is...I love that! Is there any question
this man can't answer?)
Turning Points in Lives
Something to Think About - A card where you can fill out the
answers to life changing questions. Inspirational.
Reading Room - Books to entertain and entice. Reviews and
suggestions. Then, Books that Made a Difference in a life. All
the more reason to have a wish list!
O to Go - Cards for the fridge you attach to peel-and-stick
magnets. They are quotes.
Use your Life
Tales of Adventure
What I know for Sure
The O List - add a little extravagance to your life. Oprah
sure must have fun shopping online. Amazing, I've actually tried
the Irish Oatmeal she likes.
Beauty - Cute article on why we love lipstick.
Great Food - The focus of this magazine is more on inner
beauty than food, but hey, we all need to eat. The recipes are
quick to make.
Health - News, challenges, fitness. A nice section on Yoga.
Features - Special interviews and special stress relief section
The last page of each magazine is also very revealing.
Reading Oprah's magazine is like taking a mini-vacation and I
feel refreshed and ready to get on with life in a more relaxed
This magazine has real class and a heaping dose of
inspiration in every edition.
~The Rebecca Review
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