In My Wynter Season, author Jonathan Pitts reminds us there is beauty in finding hope, even in our most difficult times.
The new memoir chronicles Pitts’ heart-wrenching, heartening journey after the 2018 loss of his wife, Wynter Evans Pitts, the mother of his four daughters and a well-known Christian author and blogger.
The Pitts family was preparing to move from Dallas to Tennessee when Wynter experienced a sudden, heart-related death at age 38. Just three hours before, Pitts had pushed send on their edited, co-authored manuscript Emptied, a book on marriage.
The couple had spent most of their 15-year married life in Dallas, where Jonathan Pitts served as executive director of Urban Alternative. The Christian ministry was founded by Wynter’s uncle Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.
We caught up with Pitts, who is executive pastor of Church of the City in Franklin, Tenn., and president of forgirlslikeyou.com, a resource platform for young girls founded by his late wife. He assures us his daughters, ranging from 11 to 16, remain Texans at heart.
There are so many detailed moments in your story. Can you share how My Wynter Season became a book?
I started writing right away, not because I thought it would be a book, but because Wynter and I had been writing together for the last seven years prior to her passing, and I love writing.
I would just start writing down all the things I saw that were hopeful for me. There were these moments that I felt that God was giving me complete clarity about the fact he was in charge, and I didn’t have to worry.
I was writing them down, one, to document and not forget what was happening. Second, for whatever reason, our story was under a microscope. There were thousands of people praying for us around the D-FW area and the country and the world. … So I wanted to share the stories with them because I wanted them to be hope-filled.
I started posting some of what was happening on social media and was getting a lot of responses. People were encouraged by it. Several months later, my publisher asked me if I would consider inspiring more people by wrapping up all these stories into a book.
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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News, Helen Bond