With my new book, A TIME TO BE BORN: Meditations on the Birth of a Child, finally out, I want to provide information about the book (more on my website, www.john-b-phillips.com, also the home of this blog). The book was inspired by the births of our first two grandchildren who were born five months apart. When I learned that I was to be a first-time grandfather twice, it was difficult to think about anything else. Thinking led to writing, and before I knew it, I was writing a book — my gift to my children, their spouses, and my grandchildren. It’s also written for all parents actively participating in the childbirth journey, grandparents as encouragers and supporters, and all who love them.
The book contains twelve meditations plus an Introduction and an Epilogue, each based on a passage of scripture about pregnancy and childbirth and each accompanied by an original illustration drawn by Emily Kate Boyd. These drawings can be accessed on my website. The book is not intended to be a doctrinal treatise on childbirth but a grandfather’s expression of love and grace as applied to the miracle of birth. Beginning with this post and continuing with a few more, I will give you a glimpse into what you can expect.
The Preface of the book is preceded by scripture that captures the blessing given to any grandparent: “Children’s children are a crown to the aged…” (Proverbs 17:6, NIV)
The Introduction provides a look at the scripture from which the book’s title is taken: “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) “A time to be born” is the first season listed, which makes it of foremost importance. Why? Well, you’ll have to read the book.