A Time to be Born:
Meditations on the Birth of a Child
John B. Phillips
ISBN Print: 978-0-9966226-3-9
ISBN eBook: 978-0-9966226-1-5
ISBN ePDF: 978-0-9966226-2-2
Crimson Clover Press
6" x 9" softcover; 128
pages on archival paper; 2 color; 14 original drawings; $14.99
US; $16.99 Canada
- John B. Phillips,
Scripture-inspired meditations on pregnancy
and childbirth. Each meditation accompanied by original art.
Author's reflections as a father and grandfather on love, pain,
joy, hope, faith, and creation stirred by the births of his first
two grandchildren. Shares with readers the added dimensions of
life that the childbirth journey brings.
- Library of Congress Control
1. Pregnancy & Childbirth
- Art: Emily Kate Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!
So many have said that giving birth to a child is the closest
thing to participating in a miracle. I agree. God has given us
the gift of life. This book of meditations is a lovely reminder
of the awesome opportunity we as parents and grandparents have
to be part of something larger than ourselves. This book is a
Julie Baumgardner, CEO First Things
- A moving and elegant book, A
Time to Be Born opened up familiar passages of Biblical scripture
for me in new ways, and provided both delight and insight as
I reflected on my life as a new mom.
Tallu Schuyler Quinn, Minister Woodmont
Christian Church; Executive Director
The Nashville Food Project
- Becoming a grandparent is a
wonderful experience of great joy, vulnerability and most of
all, overwhelming love. It taps into our deepest feelings. In
these meditations, you will see that becoming a grandparent tapped
into John Phillips' deep faith in a loving God and led him into
a creative expression of God's unconditional love in Christ for
his grandchildren and for us all. John's thorough knowledge of
Holy Scripture combined with his salty sense of humor (as expressed
in his pragmatic advice to parents - especially fathers) makes
this a delightful and thought-provoking reading experience. I
commend it to all grandparents, parents, and prospective parents.
The Reverend Dr. Hunter Huckabay, Jr., Doctor
Retired Rector St. Paul's Episcopal Church;
- Having witnessed the miracle
of birth thousands of times in my 40-year career as an obstetrician,
I am moved by this book of meditations which so eloquently speaks
of the spiritual side of such a monumental event. A valuable
resource for new parents.
Phyllis E. Miller, M.D.; Fellow of
American College of OB/GYN; Lifetime
Achievement Award TN Medical Assoc; Chief
of Staff Erlanger Medical Center
- A beautiful meditative walk
through scripture and the journey into motherhood. A Time
To Be Born guides readers through a wonderful reflection
on the miracle of life.
Jessica Wolstenholm, co-author The Pregnancy and Baby Companion
books; Co-founder graceformoms.com
About the Author: John B. Phillips has practiced law for over forty
years. He has been a prolific writer on subjects of employment
law and human resources practices. A speaker at many legal and
human resources seminars and conferences, Phillips has developed
several nationally recognized training videos.
He served as Managing Partner of the
private law firm in which he practiced, Vice President and Deputy
General Counsel for a Fortune 500 company, and Senior Vice President
and General Counsel for a national restaurant company. Listed
in The Best Lawyers in America for many years, he has also been
recognized in Super Lawyers, Mid-South Edition. Phillips has
served in various leadership positions for bar associations,
organizations, foundations, and bar-related activities.
Phillips has been President or Chair
of the following boards: Tennessee Aquarium; Chattanooga Convention
and Visitors Bureau; Boys and Girls Clubs of Chattanooga; Kiwanis
Club of Chattanooga; and Chattanooga State Community College
Foundation. He has served on other charitable and civic boards
over the years, including Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Services, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Commission, Arts Build
(formerly Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga), American Red Cross
of Southeast Tennessee, and many others.
This is his first non-legal book, inspired
by learning that he was to be a first-time grandfather twice--two
babies who would be born five months apart. He decided that his
gift to his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren would
be this book.
Phillips has been a frequent Sunday School
teacher, an occasional preacher, a church elder, and an active
church leader. He also writes a blog, which can be accessed on
his website, www.john-b-phillips.com.
John B. Phillips has three grown children
and lives with his wife of forty-six years in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Illustrator: Emily
Kate Boyd is an artist and songwriter living in Chattanooga,
Her art is unique and includes everything
from portraits to the illustrations drawn for this book. She
has studied and worked as an artist and musician in the United
States and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Her creative approach to the illustrations in A Time To Be Born
is that of a songwriter, seeking to express poetically the Holy
Bible as a sacred text that teaches families how to deliver themselves
into the act of faith. Her illustrations, combined with each
of the book's meditations, dare readers to live with kindness
and compassion and to nurture children without condition.
The intention of these drawings is to
create a body of work that addresses the mysteries of the Biblical
texts on childbirth without explicitly illustrating them. These
drawings should give readers new, sometimes abstract images to
associate with scripture and what it says about the birth of
a child. Emily Kate Boyd designed her sketches to encourage the
imagination of readers as they see themselves in the story.
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