Unpicking the truth behind the world’s greatest life stories…
The real life stories website is about real people. Each one has an inspiring and exciting life story to share. Some of the stories may sound relatively ordinary, others are quite dramatic. But in every case it was as if a light were switched on in the darkness – leading to a complete change in direction and a more fulfilled life for the individual.
There are some very recognisable names and faces – celebrities, sportsmen, musicians etc, and there are also many ordinary people living ordinary lives out of the media spotlight. All of these people have discovered that there is a God who loves them. In many cases this discovery has come at a time of crisis, but sometimes it has just happened when life seemed to be pretty normal. In every case, these people have realised that God loves us as individuals and cares about our unique circumstances.
We do hope that you will find these inspirational stories helpful. If we can help you further, please get in touch. There is a free booklet available explaining what it is to be a Christian – just leave your details HERE and we will send it to you free of charge.
Real Life Stories online is non-denominational and our foundation of faith and belief is the Nicene Creed.
In the majority of cases we are happy for churches and Christian organisations to use the articles and stories from this website. Please contact us first as some stories may be subject to copyright from freelance contributors. In every case please make mention of reallifestories.org
The vision of reallifestories.org is simply to share the great news of Jesus Christ with the world. This website will also soon be available in Mandarin and Spanish so that the three major world languages will be covered.
Chris Sims, Web Developer
Our Legacy and UK Vision
Launched in 2013, the Real Life Stories website follows the legacy of Real Life magazine, a full-colour magazine started by Ralph Burden and Ian Buck and published between 2006 and 2008 by Ian’s company Christian Life Resources (CLR). CLR distributed the magazine in the UK and parts of Europe. Publishing many thousands of glossy magazines and then giving them out free was a very expensive business and the publishing company CLR was an unfortunate victim of the economic crisis of 2008 to 2010. However, the initial disappointment has been eclipsed by a new and bigger vision.
Shortly after the closure of CLR, Ralph and Ian were discussing a possible way to restart the magazine. Having written mainly for magazines, Ralph was initially thinking of a physical magazine, but Ian used websites to promote his business products and he suddenly said, “What about making Real Life Stories a website?” Of course! It made perfect sense in our increasingly digital world.
Our original vision was to work towards getting a magazine into every UK home twice a year. That was a big vision and would have required a budget of many millions of pounds to reach over 28 million households in the UK. Real Life magazine was delivered to many thousands of homes in the UK and also to some in Europe, but limited resources meant that we could not reach millions of homes. However, the web format has made this goal realisable in recent years and reallifestories.org is now available to every person with web access in the UK, which in 2023 was measured at 66.11 million, or 84% of the population.
Since switching to a web format in 2013, Real Life Stories has been accessed by millions of people across the world. 5.18 billion people (64.6% of the world’s population) now have internet access and are able to view reallifestories.org. It seems that our initial vision was too small. The UK was a good start, but God’s plan for Real Life Stories was always that it should be for the world.*
In 2015 we literally became a global operation with web hosting based in the UK and editorial management based the opposite side of the world in New Zealand.
The progress of reallifestories.org has far outgrown our early expectations largely due to the growth of the world wide web. With lower financial requirements, reallifestories.org soon had more readers every month than the costly printed magazine was able to reach during a whole year less than a decade before. The European vision became a global vision.
Please share the news of this website so that more people can be made aware of the good news that God loves them. You don’t need to be a bold, confident evangelist. Sharing a weblink is a simple way that anyone can share God’s love.
1. CLR magazine and radio staff 2008; L to R: Ralph, Simon, Ian, Lance, Angie.
2 & 3: Copies of Real Life Magazine and articles
* “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:16-18) NIV