“The seasons of the year have often been used as pictures of life; I think the months are also such pictures,” says author Patti Tingen in her introduction to A God for All Seasons. She then proceeds to give each season and month a value, offering reasons for readers to be thankful in all things, even the cold dark times where we learn we need the light. Opening in winter, the book starts with December’s hope as a woman looking for angelic assistance hears instead a still, small voice. Short tales from the author's own life give depth to the lessons she offers, and nicely chosen Bible verses introduce each chapter, giving direction and meaning. “When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up,” says Isaiah 43:2—when, not if—a wise reminder in the winters of our lives. “It is well with my soul,” (Horatio Spafford); “Then sings my soul,” (Robert Morgan)… musical words, comforting memories, wise advice, and lessons learned and shared, all combine into reminders to “Spend time seeking God and praising Him no matter the season in which you find yourself.” Lifted hearts generate more than just facelifts. New Year makeovers generate more than broken promises. “Wait is a verb.” And Bible passages both familiar and unfamiliar make this much more than a self-help book or easy twelve-step devotional. Seasons and months are tied nicely to our relationship with God. The author’s experiences of God’s surprise answers, while unfamiliar perhaps, become wholly believable as told in her gently convincing voice. Rainbows, geese and ducks convey God’s messages, and the author’s blend of beautiful language with wise advice and prayerful faith makes the pages fly and the lessons sink deep. A wise, intriguing book, worth reading more than once.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy with a request for my honest review.
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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)
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.