With great transparency and insight, Patti Garibay walks us through both the joys and trials she has experienced over the years – and the series of events that led her to launch American Heritage Girls. Her determination to “light a candle” amidst the cultural darkness around us is sure to inspire many people to consider God’s unique call on their own lives. Jim Daly, President – Focus on the Family
In Why Curse the Darkness When You Can Light A Candle? Patti Garibay shares a life journey full of unexpected twists and turns that prepared and positioned her for God’s great plans for her. If you are looking at your circumstances and wondering what is possible, this book is a must read. I highly recommend. Phyllis Hendry Halverson, President & CEO, Lead Like Jesus.
Long ago, Joseph told his brothers, 'What man planned for evil, God planned for good.' Throughout both her painful early life and her years as a wife, mother, friend, and leader since, Patti Garibay has shown that, like Joseph, God can take the wet, formless clay of suffering and turn it into a vessel both beautiful and uniquely prepared for His service. Patti is a testament to the value of moral courage, of taking a stand graciously but firmly and then launching out in faith when called to do so. Tens of thousands of girls and young women are having their lives transformed because Patti and her wonderful husband Pat have chosen to bring the light of their Savior to the gathering darkness of our culture. Robert Schwarzwalder, Senior Lecturer, Regent University, Former Senior Vice President, Family Research Council
Patti has changed the lives of so many girls and women through American Heritage Girls. I always wondered how she got there so fast. Her riveting story reveals how the power to culminate change was forged in the hard things of life. But God has proven faithful. She's brought so much light to our broken world. This is an enjoyable read. Dannah Gresh, founder of True Girl and best-selling author
In her new book, Why Curse the Darkness When You Can Light a Candle?, Patti Garibay shares a life story. The reader gets in on God shaping and preparing someone for an extraordinary Kingdom assignment. What I love is that it also serves as a guide to help you assess what He is doing in your own life. Filled with hard places and harder decisions, we see when God’s hand is on you, the outcome brings light and glory to His purpose. I highly recommend this book because it is an inspiring story and affirms that when we trust God with our life, He redeems all of it! Tami Heim, President and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance
I can’t remember the last time I’ve read a book I simply could not put down until it was finished. Patti Garibay’s story and life lessons is not for sissies. It is brutally honest. She exposes her fears, insecurities and moral failings – things we all deal with but few will admit- in a way that will bring you to tears, but will leave you on a mountaintop with a renewed determination to allow God to work in your life in order to mold you into the person He created you to be. Jane Chastain, Nation’s First Female Sports Broadcaster, Author and Columnist
"One life can impact tens of thousands of people for Christ. Light can shine in this darkness and bring hope and victory! Why Curse the Darkness When You Can Light a Candle is a riveting account of Patti Garibay’s journey. Through her story you will witness God move through her to face giants, obstacles, tragedy, mistakes and to stand boldly for truth and righteousness! As Patti trusted God and persevered against all odds, God raised her up to do the extraordinary. She has led AHG for over 25 years impacting tens of thousands of girls and families worldwide for Christ. And God is waiting to do the same in you! When an extraordinary God touches an ordinary life, we become His vessels in which His name is glorified and many will see His story through our lives. I pray as you read Patti's story you will say here I am God use me and allow God to move through to "light a candle" Don't miss out, read this story, share it and became of a part of what God is doing to bring light and hope to our world today! " Sally Burke, President, Moms in Prayer International
Patti's transparent sharing is both brave and inspirational. Her legacy will be found in the organization she built, as well as the example she provided for her children and grandchildren. Well done, Patti! Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA and best selling author
“With humble authenticity, Patti Garibay helps us see that God can use anyone for his purposes. Through her autobiographical account, she shows how God prepares us for the assignments he has for us—even if we don’t think we’re prepared for them. If you read Why Curse the Darkness When You Can Light a Candle? with an open heart, be forewarned: you might see yourself in her story and hear the call of God to light up the darkness near you.” Robert McFarland, President, Transformational Impact, LLC, Bestselling Author
Pure Inspiration! The transparent and spiritually challenging manner in which Patti communicates her life experience and the founding of AHG will inspire every reader to follow the Good Shepherd with their whole heart! Holly Culhane, Founder and CEO, Presence Point , Inc.