Monday, November 25, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Patti Tingen

Is there a story behind your book A God for All Seasons?
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!”

I pray my readers would also find encouragement and hope for their life’s travels. I want them to know how much God cares for and loves them.

What started you on your writing journey?
Oddly enough, I discovered I was a writer during the creation of my first book. What started out as a simple desire to preserve the stories of my extraordinary cat Knickerbocker, turned into something far greater than I would have ever imagined. He Was Never a Cat: Knick’s Story, My Story, Your Story became an incredible adventure as I honed my writing skills and formed lasting relationships throughout the writing, publishing and marketing process.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Praise and worship! I pray my life reflects God’s goodness and glory and that He would be honored in all I say and do.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My husband can say or do the funniest things at times and it literally makes my knees weak. I nearly fell over in the grocery store one day in response to something he said. Animals also bring me great joy. One day I was taking a walk and happened upon a female mallard standing in someone’s driveway—and laughing her head off! The sound and cadence of her quacks combined with the way she was moving her head and the shape of her beak gave the appearance that she was laughing hysterically. So I decided to join her. No doubt I stood there for a good three to four minutes laughing with that duck. I have no idea what she thought was so funny but it certainly lightened my mood.  

What is your favorite season of the year? 
I love spring! The warmth of sunshine and the beauty of the blooming flowers and trees refresh and renew my soul like no other season. And to take a quote from my book—“It feels as though all is right with the world when spring arrives. Seeing the hard, frozen ground yield itself to the earliest flowers, reminds us that even in the darkest of winters, when all seems dead, new life is growing in the unseen places.” 

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I’m very grateful to have grown up in the beautiful countryside of Lancaster County. And I’m thrilled to now live in Lititz, recently voted the coolest small town in America! It’s fun to walk downtown and see the tourists enjoying our quaint atmosphere and think, “I get to live here!”

 Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Both of my books are written to bring inspiration and encouragement to readers. Using my personal experience and testimony of God’s faithfulness through difficult times, I’ve been able to offer reassurance and hope to others. I want them to know how much God loves them and that they can trust Him no matter what their circumstances may be.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  

My favorite scripture verse is Philippians 2:14-15. “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” While I can’t say that I always do everything without complaining, the thought of shining like a bright star in a darkened world brings me great joy!

Back Cover Blurb

Hope for all seasons. Encouragement for all times. Love from God for all year.

“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

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. Through times of sorrow, times of joy; times of plenty, times of want; times of longing, times of contentment—God’s love never leaves us.
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. In winter’s darkest days—hope, renew, wait; in spring’s blossoming beauty—change, plant, trust; in summer’s wondrous warmth—give, celebrate, rest; in autumn’s colorful coolness—harvest, believe and thank.  

In all times and in every season—may you be blessed.

To buy her book:

About Patti:
Patti lives in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her husband Doug and their cat Braveheart. Along with working full-time, she volunteers in various ministry positions at her church that include prayer, teaching and serving as an elder. Patti never planned to be an author but says, “Sometimes God has dreams for us that we know nothing about!”

To connect with Patti:

Patti Tingen is giving away a copy of A God for All Seasons. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Anonymous said...

Please enter me to win - I would love to win and read your book and review it.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

Patti, I can't tell you how much I needed the message from your post. I have had a very bad couple years and I keep looking for positive thoughts from God's word to see me through. Thank you for giving readers the encouragement to get through every day not just the good ones.

Linda Marie Finn said...

Such an awesome post. I think your book sounds so good for the soul. Please enter me.
Linda Finn

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed getting to know Patti. Just from the post I can tell she is a great encourager. pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...

Patti, I think this would be a very good to read and make one think what they might improve in their life. Please put my name in the drawing, Sandra.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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