Thanks, Aizess. I’m very pleased to be here! I live in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with my husband Doug and our cat Braveheart. Working full-time keeps me busy along with serving in various ministry positions at my church that have included prayer, teaching and serving as an elder. I love animals, music and nature. And I am humbled and amazed to have written two books. God truly had dreams for me that I knew nothing about!
When did you first discover that you loved writing?
I would have to say as I was in the midst of writing my first book. What started out as a simple desire to preserve the stories of my incredible 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.
Why do you write the type of books that you do?
As I have continued on my spiritual journey and allowed God to deepen my faith, I have seen how He has used my experiences to encourage and bless others. Through many teaching opportunities at my church, God has blessed my words of personal experience and testimony to impact others in a positive way. He has now transferred those spoken words to written text but my ministry remains the same—to use my life experience to teach, encourage and bless others through writing inspirational, non-fiction books.
What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
Probably understanding that I didn’t need to panic when I couldn’t find the words. Over time, I learned to trust the Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts and let my writing flow from Him—in His timing.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
Writing has changed my life tremendously! Through involvement in conferences, vendor shows and a writer’s group on the Internet, I now have friends from around the world who have been blessed and encouraged by my words. I am forever grateful for their love and friendship.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
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!
Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?
In 1997, I read The Final Quest by Rick Joyner and my life has never been the same. At that time, God was calling me to a deeper relationship and that book was pivotal in my choice to give myself fully to Him. It has been quite the adventure since then!
What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
This is really quite embarrassing. At my very first book signing for He Was Never a Cat, a gentleman asked me to sign a book for his daughter and incorporate her great love for her two cats. For some unknown reason, I got the impression that the cats were now deceased so I wrote my message about them in the past tense. With obvious disbelief and showing great restraint, the man asked me to revise a word in an effort to correct my error.
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Please tell us about the featured book.
A God for All Seasons: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times takes the reader on a yearlong journey, month by month. Starting with winter, the book moves through the natural seasons of the year. Each chapter then correlates with a month, starting with December, and offers personal testimony and insights for the various spiritual seasons that we all experience. The theme of the book is that God’s love and presence is with us through every time and every season of our lives.
Can you please give us the first page?
Sure! This is the Introduction:
“There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to rebuild.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NLT)
Life is never static. Physical, emotional, financial and spiritual ups and downs are all a part of this journey called life. More than ever before, I’m seeing how God is with us for the entire journey, through all of the highs and lows.
The seasons of the year have often been used as pictures of life; I think the months are also such pictures. Walk with me through the seasons and their months, no matter where you need to start—by the calendar or by your life-season.
Much of my adulthood has been peppered with a variety of struggles and times spent in the cold winter season. As I am now emerging into the warmth and light of spring, I’m realizing that I have learned well how to exist in the darkness. My desire is also to flourish in the blooming seasons.
Please join me in this year of exploration and reflection. May you find hope and encouragement in every month—and in every season.
Where can readers learn more information about you?
On my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/patti.tingen
On my Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/PattiTingenAuthor
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