A GOD FOR ALL SEASONS: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times

A GOD FOR ALL SEASONS: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times

by Patti Tingen


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A GOD FOR ALL SEASONS: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
I love when a book can inspire and encourage me to grow closer to God and spend more time in devotion to Him. A God For All Seasons is a unique devotional in that it encourages us to focus on each season of our lives—winter, spring, summer, and autumn—and to recognize, appreciate, and trust in God’s plan. This is a stimulating and thoughtful book that reassures me of God’s love, and that He is a constant companion navigating every season of my life. It contains the author’s personal accounts, illustrating how God reassures and invigorates her. (I especially enjoyed the significance of rainbows in her life.) Even the epilogue propels me forward, seeking God particularly in the quiet, still moments of each day. Fitting Scripture verses accompany each season and month, and are taken from varying versions of the Bible—NIV, NAS, NKJV, NLT, and The Message. I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
Epic_Book_Quest More than 1 year ago
(review via http://epicbookquest.com) In this multiple award-winning book (Reader’s Favorite, Feathered Quill), author Patti Tingen takes readers through the four spiritual “seasons” of our lives, sharing scriptural truths and powerful testimonies of God’s unfailing love through it all. Change is a natural part of life, but for most of us it is a difficult process fraught with fear. Change can be difficult, confusing, and painful- or, as A God For All Seasons explores, it can be an exciting opportunity for spiritual growth as we learn to trust in God through faith in His word. Writing with poise and grace, Patti shares some of the most challenging, profound, as well as encouraging moments of her life when God made His presence known in remarkable ways to comfort and encourage her and her family. Readers will be blessed and inspired by the wonderful anecdotes and relevant verses from scripture that will help them see the larger picture of God’s love and grace in their own lives, no matter what season they may be going through. A wonderfully uplifting book, perfect for anyone who is hurting or in need of encouragement in their lives, highly recommended! Rating: 5 stars I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This book is PHENOMENAL! Just as there are season in nature... So too we have season in our lives and in our spiritual and emotional development. Patti starts out by sharing her "winter season" where life was really dark and cold and dreary. Learning from that season Patti understood that: "Life is never static. Physical, emotional, financial and spiritual ups and downs are all a part of this journey called life." Patti realized that she was experiencing something actually wonderful... Now she shares her thoughts and stories and scripture gems with us to explain the seasons we all go through... And she gives us a "year of exploration and reflection." Broken down into the months of the year Patti gives us things to do to strengthen our hope no matter what season we might find ourselves in. I so wish I could just copy/paste the entire book in here...it is THAT GOOD!
janesquires More than 1 year ago
A powerful book to inspire one to grow in God. I recommend you read it as Spirit directs. He knows what day you need to read each season. Our lives change as we grow from babies to adults. And each season brings new struggles and battles. But God is in all of them. When circumstances are hard fall down before God in worship. One has nothing when we come into this world and nothing when we leave . I have been walking through a dark valley. It's not over but the season of Oct. and Nov. show me I'll will walk out on dry land. In every season there are blessing.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
The subtitle says “Inspiration and Reflection for All Times”, which is a great description of this thought-provoking book of encouragement. I love the way it is set up, with essays for each season and month. The introduction prepares the reader for what is to come with the beloved scripture from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which begins “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven…” (NLT) I’ve been reading this wonderful little book along with the months that go by. With godly interpretation, the author compares each season of nature to our spiritual seasons. I like this quote from the section on winter: “…But there is much we can learn in winter that can’t be acquired in any other season. So in spite of the cold, in spite of the darkness, there is reason to not give up. For winter can bring us hope—it is a chance to renew—and it can be an occasion to wait.” A God for All Seasons is a welcome addition to my times of devotion and meditation. I highly recommend it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite With Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven” as a beginning point and theme, Patti Tingen has organized a devotional that will guide the Christian in daily devotion throughout the year. Just like the seasons, our lives are always in a state of constant growth and/or change as we move from day to day, thus making it essential to have an ever-changing walk with our Lord as we move through the changes of the year. Patti has organized this book for each season and each month, beginning with December, the birth of our savior and the hope for the future. She transitions into spring and the dawning of the newness of life. As summer comes and the seeds have developed into full and blossoming mature plants, there are new lessons to guide our walk as we look forward to the coming harvest. She finishes the series of devotions in the fall and the time of harvest which is a thrilling time of celebration and thanksgiving. Thus, the cycles and seasons of the year continue in a completed circle which reflects the seasons of our lives. By walking through the year in this vivid and profound way, the Christian is able to visualize and relate the physical/natural world around them to the passages of scripture and the devotional expositions of A God for All Seasons. Patti Tingen has written inspiring devotionals that relate to daily living in a profound way and tie the tasks of our daily lives into the seasons of the year. This is a deep and enlightened work which is certain to give hope and encouragement to face the challenges of each season while walking beside the Lord as our guide. Inspirational, relevant and profound; the seasons are full of more meaning than ever before by the reading of this devotional.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
“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.
Momma_Frugal More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I love inspirational books that I can relate too. And with being able to look at different inspirations during specific times during each season is wonderful! Ms. Tingen does a terrific job with this book. Below is part of an excerpt for the month of July. "Fireworks, picnics, parties and fun-July is here and it's time to celebrate! So run barefoot through the grass, take a splash in a swimming pool, set off a firecracker and let the watermelon juice run down your chin. Return to the joys of your childhood, if only for an afternoon." Take a moment if you will and think about the paragraph above. Can you picture eating a piece of watermelon and letting the juice drip down your chin? Sounds relaxing and fun doesn't it? I highly recommend this book for everyone! It would go along great with your daily devotional. This would also make the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list! I give this book 5 *****. Thank you to the Author, Patti Tingen, for providing me a copy of this book for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Tingen writes this book from a unique perspective--she arranges her writings to harmonize with the four seasons of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. She has a beautiful way of writing that is very endearing. Biblical truths are described in down-to-earth, easily understood ways, and touches of humor abound. The author sees God in many everyday situations that will make you take a second, or even third, look around you. This is a very positive book, and it offers hope for everyday, as well as, during times of trouble. Mrs. Tingen commiserates with individuals experiencing difficulties. The author speaks about an extremely trying period in her own life. She shares scripture and touches of God that helped her when walking through this long and painful season. It was inspiring to read that Mrs. Tingen's faith did not disappear during hard times, but actually increased. Besides encouraging Bible reading and prayer, the author recommends keeping a journal for many reasons. First, for the therapeutic exercise of recording in a journal life happenings, thoughts and prayers. Secondly, she suggests looking back at the journal later to see what positive situations have occurred, prayers that have been answered, and circumstances that didn't seem positive at the time of writing, that God has used for good. When reading this book, a favorite hymn from my childhood often came to mind. Written by Jonathan Oatman, Jr., "Count your Many Blessings" began running through my thoughts--especially the line, "...count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done." From my own perspective, reading the book was a joyful, hopeful and encouraging experience. I believe anyone would enjoy this. I especially think someone who is going through trials will rejoice and savor the encouragements that are found in this little volume. This is an easy read, so it is not difficult to start soaking up the book's positive encouragements, and love of God. The story of the three ducks was wonderful! I recommend "A God for all Seasons," and give it five stars. The author has provided me with a copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion. 
Hannah_E_G More than 1 year ago
This book is the kind of story anyone could find pleasant. It's an encouragement and a blessing. If you have a bad day, or have just been scolded by your boss, or have children running wild, this will help you remember that God is still watching over you. Patti's descriptions of how God provides, and her comments on the beauty of the world around us, are delightful. Even though I was going through a difficult time in my life when I read it, her writing gave me the needed reminder to look at the beauty of God's creation in a while new light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A God for All Seasons is a compassionate, tender book brimming with godly wisdom. The author, Patti Tingen, makes it clear she has walked on difficult paths, yet shares how the Lord Himself has rescued and sustained her. Sharing from her own personal experiences, Tingen gently reaches out to those who may also be struggling. Beautifully constructed around the theme of seasons, this book puts the reader’s focus on a wonderfully natural place designed by our amazing Creator, lovingly putting the attention on the One who brings help. This is a powerful, encouraging book. It is one which will surely bring hope to many people.