About Kathy

Kathy Ptaszek (pronounced tay-zack) loves people and is known for her warmth and the ability to connect with audiences of all ages. She has spoken to thousands of women at retreats, as well as community and church events throughout Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin,  Minnesota and Colorado for over 40 years.

Change and loss have been a part of Kathy’s journey. Her husband Jon died in 1991, leaving her to single-parent their daughters, Aimee and Molly, who were ages 11 and 13 at the time. Through it all, she is convinced of the goodness and sovereignty of God. She found Him faithful in the darkest storms of life. She chose Psalm 66:16 as her purpose for speaking and writing:

Come and listen, all you who fear God;
Let me tell you what He has done for me. 

Kathy received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. She worked as a Licensed Bachelor of Social Work, Certified Addiction Counselor, and Certified Hospice Grief Counselor. She provided substance abuse prevention education to adolescents in school and residential care settings.

During a pause in her career while she raised her family, she was a founding mother, board member, and director of Pregnancy Services of Houghton County (currently known as Life Outreach Center), a volunteer pro-life organization that provides emotional support and practical services to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

In October 2010 Kathy retired from her career. When she isn’t writing or speaking she visits her daughters and precious grand-babies. Kathy lives in Upper Michigan where she has more fun than a woman her age should have with the chipmunks she tames. Her daughter dubbed her a “Chipmunk Whisperer.” On hot summer days you will find her neck-deep in Lake Superior. On wintry days, she has a steaming mug of hazelnut coffee in one hand and a good book in the other.

Kathy has been published by Family Christian Books in the compilation book, Encounters With God , and in Today’s Christian and Today’s Christian Woman.

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