When Britt Anderson was a psychology major in college, she found herself questioning where her intellect and faith met.
"I was fully in this world of people doubting religion, where you aren't smart if you believe in Christ," remembered Anderson. Though raised in church, Anderson's faith was shaken by the university culture—until she encountered C. S. Lewis—and Christianity Today magazine.
"I thought, 'Wow, there are thoughtful and intelligent people who believe.'" she said. "I was blown away at the thoughtfulness."
Anderson went on to graduate from law school. Today, she lives in Nashville with her husband and children and is a stay-at-home mom, where she's still reading (and now financially supporting) Christianity Today.
"CT covers the whole world. I'm reminded about how big Christianity is in the world—that it's not a Midwestern, Southern, or United States religion. It's so much bigger than any of us."
A longtime subscriber, soon after Anderson realized that CT was a nonprofit ministry, she began to give to the ministry above and beyond the cost of her subscription.
"CT is quality Christian journalism, and I would hate for it to stop," she said.
Another major reason for Anderson's commitment to CT? The extensive global coverage.
"CT goes where the story is. You don't report from afar," she said. "I know it takes a lot of investment to finance these on-the-ground learnings. CT has taught me about global Christianity. I didn't know about a lot of the different Christian movements."
Among the faith expressions Anderson has enjoyed learning about is the Charismatic movement.
"I find it most fascinating and vivid. In the Presbyterian church I grew up in, clapping is not a thing because that denomination is very reserved," she said.
Another favorite of Anderson's is CT's annual book awards.
"I'm always looking for book ideas to read," she said.
CT has also been a resource to her in better understanding the evangelical movement.
"I was not evangelical growing up, but I fit the category more so now," she said. "I love how CT has an ongoing discussion about what it means to be evangelical, especially in times when it's hard to know if you fit in that category."
While Anderson notes that she doesn't agree with every perspective or viewpoint in the publication, she appreciates that breadth of topics and the ideas that challenge her.
"I love that Christianity Today addresses every topic I'm thinking about sooner or later," she said. "CT does not shy away because it's afraid of losing readers. The CT team constantly keep its eyes on God, and asking how we as Christians should understand important cultural issues."
Anderson knows her world is bigger because of CT.
"CT helps open my mind," she said. "I've been convicted about some of my own viewpoints and question whether it's my faith or political views that lead me to think a particular way."
And while she's waiting for another magazine to come in the mail, Anderson reads through all of CT's newsletters. (Yes, she says she subscribes to many of them, too.)
"CT is the only magazine I read cover to cover," said Anderson. "I even read the articles I'm not immediately interested in because I know I'm going to learn something new."
Morgan Lee is associate digital media producer at Christianity Today.