Wynter Pitts, a prominent Christian author and speaker and the founder of For Girls Like You magazine, died unexpectedly Tuesday. She was 38 years old.
The niece of pastor and author Tony Evans, Pitts made a name for herself as an author of books for tweens and girls. She wrote the tween devotionals For Girls Like You and You’re God’s Girl. Her latest book, God's Girl Says Yes: What God Can Do When We Follow Him, was released this month.
She and her husband, Jonathan, co-authored the 2017 book for parents, She Is Yours: Trusting God as You Raise the Girl He Gave You. They also were featured on a Family Life Today radio broadcast and in the marriage-enrichment Parent Compass video series.
She is survived by her husband and four daughters. Daughter Alena was featured in the movie War Room jumping rope.
Jonathan Pitts made the announcement of her death on her Instagram account.
“Last night, Wynter was taken from us suddenly but we know that she was only taken into the hands of the God that she loves with her whole heart,” he wrote. “Though we grieve, we are doing so with hope. And though we hurt, her life and her legacy will continue on through each one of us, especially my four daughters. Thank you for your prayers, specifically for them.”
Alena Pitts, her oldest daughter, wrote: “My heart hurts like never before. Comfort seems far. Anxiety is extremely present. It still feels like a dream that I will wake up from soon. I will remember those thirty minutes for the rest of my life. And I will remember the pain I felt as I found out.”
Alena added, “But the surgeon who was on site who is also a family friend repeated this phrase to me as I walked down that hospital hallway. And for some reason I couldn’t forget them. As they told me my mom had passed, these words continued and still continue to pound in my head. ‘I’m gonna tell you something I need you never to forget, ok? You serve a big God. A big God. Don’t you ever forget that.’ I serve a big God. Obstacles will be thrown at me but my God is still there. He knows what he’s doing and he’s got a plan. … I continue to ask myself why me. Why did He choose my family? But I’m reminded He’s in control. So even as I weep and grieve, I can smile with joy because I’ll see her again.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
Photo Courtesy: Parent Compass
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.