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A Time to be Born:
Meditations on the Birth of a Child
Author John B. Phillips
ISBN ISBN Print: 978-0-9966226-3-9
ISBN eBook: 978-0-9966226-1-5
ISBN ePDF: 978-0-9966226-2-2
Publisher Crimson Clover Press
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Description 6" x 9" softcover; 128 pages on archival paper; 2 color; 14 original drawings; $14.99 US; $16.99 Canada
Availability November 2015
Order from
John B. Phillips,
johnphillips.consult@gmail.com
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 Number: 2015915500
1. Pregnancy & Childbirth
2. Meditations
3. Scripture
4. Christianity
5. Motherhood
6. Parenting
7. Grandparents
8. Art
Art: Emily Kate Boyd, emilykateboyd@gmail.com
Cover design and layout:
Emily Brown Johnson, www.tickledinkpaper.com
Layout design and indexing:
Karen Paul Stone, Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
www.waldenhouse.com
Publishing Consultant:
Mel Cohen, Inspired Authors Press, LLC
www.inspiredauthorspress.com
Production and Design:
Russell Helms, 47 Journals, LLC, russell@47journals.com
A Time To Be Born may be purchased at special quantity discounts. Resale opportunities are available for sales promotions, corporate programs, gifts, fund raising, book clubs, or educational purposes for churches, congregations, schools and universities. For more information contact: Mel Cohen 931-593-2484 mel@inspiredauthorspress.com
Have John B. Phillips speak at your live event or by videoconferencing. For information call John at 423-504-3532 or email him at johnphillips.consult@gmail.com.
  • 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 wonderful gift!
        Julie Baumgardner, CEO First Things First
  • 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 of Divinity;
        Retired Rector St. Paul's Episcopal Church; grandfather of eight
  • 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.

About The Illustrator: Emily Kate Boyd is an artist and songwriter living in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
    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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