• POETRY

    The Raw Stillness of Heaven (available in Kindle & paperback)

    Order the book from Amazon in print or Kindle formats. The book is also available from Amazon in these countries: United Kingdom / Canada / Australia / Germany / France / Japan / Italy / Spain

    Through poems about prayer, conversion and faith, Tim Bete shares his search for God—a search that is common to each of us. Somewhere in the intersection of holy silence and the struggles of daily life, God appears: in a winter evening walk, in the smell of incense at church, in a blue patio chair, in the Sacrament of Confession. More than a collection of poems, this book is a prayer journal—a glimpse into the faith journey of the poet.

    Reviews

    “Beautiful and very accomplished. There's a spareness about the language and a quietness which makes these poems excellent vehicles for reflection and prayer. We need God’s stillness in the world. These poems really contain His silence.”
    — Sally Read, poet and author of Night’s Bright Darkness

    “In this collection of beautiful and soul stirring poems, the reader will discover a means of transport into the center of the human encounter with God…For those who appreciate good poetry, this will be a very enjoyable read. But even more so, for those who seek in poetry an encounter between the interior and the eternal, this collection will serve as fair passage.”
    — Mark Danis, OCDS, co-host of the Carmelite Conversations radio program

     

    "Gorgeous Catholic poetry."
    — Leslie Lynch

     

    "If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind."
    — W.R. Rodriguez. author of
    The Bronx Trilogy


    "You have touched my heart, mind and soul with your unique prayerful poems in a way I can't describe."
    — Sheila Buska, author of Paul's World

    Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim (available in Kindle & paperback)

    Coming soon, Tim's second poetry collection!

    Reviews

    "Simply incredible! As someone who has arranged Catholic pilgrimages for three decades, I can confidently say Tim captures the deeply personal and transformational journey that is a pilgrimage. These beautiful poems illustrate the quiet transformation that only a pilgrimage can ignite. Reading this book will deepen your connection to God."

    -- Milanka Lachman, LCHS, President & Owner, 206 Tours

    HUMOROUS ESSAYS

    In The Beginning...There Were No Diapers (paperback only)

    Order a paperback copy signed by Tim on Amazon.com.

    If you can change a diaper in an airplane lavatory. . .
    If you can recite "The Cat in the Hat" by heart . . .
    If you find cookie crumbs in your pocket ...
    then you're a parent who'll get a good laugh--and inspiration--from "In the Beginning ... There Were No Diapers." Tim Bete understands that in the midst of the challenges of parenting there's always a chance to smile and recognize the miracle of the youhg life that is yours to care for. His real life stories will make you laugh out loud and they'll fill you with a sense of gratitude to God for this marvelous calling.

     

    Drawn from his beloved column, "Where I Live," each story is an insightful and uplifting lesson in parenting. With self-effacing humor and a playful sense of fun, Bete helps you to smile and relax to enjoy parenting a little more, and to worry a little less.

    Reviews

    "Tim Bete is the funniest man on earth when it comes to capturing the thrills and spills of life with kids. From potty training with M&M's to Dad's Service Center, I laughed out loud. In the Beginning... is the best clean, down to earth and gunniest book I've read in years.

    — Jodie Lynn, syndicated parenting columnist and author of Mommy-CEO

     

    "This is a wonderful book filled with humorous insights into parenting from a Father's perspective. Although it's written this way—it is a delight for both Dads AND Moms to read. The author knows the value of Mom AND Dad. The book is great to pick up and read a chapter at a time -- but I bet you can't put it down after just one!"

    — Carla Hoff, ChristianMom.com

     

    "Tim's brand of humor is infectious— pick up his book and you'll find your mood improved and your perspective on parenthood and family life refreshed! This is a greate gift book, but purchase it for yourself as well."

    — Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com

    ANTHOLOGIES & OTHER BOOKS TO WHICH TIM CONTRIBUTED