As nature’s seasons change, so too do the seasons of our soul. But God’s love never changes. He is with us through every season of our lives. Join author Patti Tingen in a year of exploration as she reflects on her own spiritual journey, and provides hope and encouragement for yours – month by month, season by season. Find reassurance and pause for reflection in the inspirational readings for each month of the year.
Patti serves as an elder at her church and has been involved in various ministries including prayer and teaching. As an author and speaker, her nonfiction inspirational books have offered hope and encouragement to many. Patti’s prayer is that her words of personal experience, humor and testimony will continue to bless and inspire all who read her books.
Patti lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her husband Doug and their cat Braveheart.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Through teaching opportunities at my church, I saw that my words of personal experience and testimony impacted others in a positive way. I then discovered that those spoken words could be transferred to written text but my ministry would remain the same—to use my life experience to teach, encourage and bless others.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Meeting people at vendor shows or online who share their personal stories and struggles with me and let me know that my book has given them hope. Every life is so precious and each time I meet someone new, I’m humbled all over again.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Sown in sorrow, reaped in joy.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love spring! A brilliant blue sky, bright green grass, blooming flowers and the warmth of the sun – there’s nothing else like it!
Who or what inspired your last book?
During a time of reflection, I recognized in a deeper way than ever before, that God was with me in every single situation throughout my life. In every loss, every victory, every tear, and every joy—God was there. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.” With new revelation, I understood that we truly have a God for all seasons. Then I thought, “That would make a great book title!”
If you weren’t a human, what would you be?
I would definitely be a cat. I love sunshine and sleeping!
Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
I still prefer to lurk but it’s not so bad being out front sometimes. It’s kind of grown on me over time.
What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?
Popcorn (Bet no one saw that coming!)
Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?
With both of my books, I’ve had the title first. Then I came up with the format and the outline of the chapters and then I began to write. I love to be organized.
Describe your book in 5 words.
Encouraging, hope-filled, poetic, inspirational, comforting.
1 copy of A God for All Seasons
Paperback to US only, Ebook Internationally