Before Their Time
BEFORE THEIR TIME
Lessons In Living From Those Born Too Soon
InterVarsity Press, 2000.
Daniel Taylor: “I co-authored this book with my great friend Dr. Ron Hoekstra to tell the stories of some of the greatly premature babies for which he cares. Entering the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is like entering a parallel universe, one that orbits around the smallest of human beings. Being involved for a year or so with these doctors and nurses and infants–and speaking at length with the parents–challenged my mind, my values, and my heart.”
Publisher’s Description: “Lord, have mercy.” This was Alliette’s simple but profound plea as she drove herself to the hospital
“In these pages you will find six stories of babies born before their time, fifteen to eighteen weeks short of the nine months allotted to form a child. You will enter the neonatal intensive care unit, a quietly crowded place of babies, doctors, nurses, parents and machines. A place of drama, heartache, waiting and joy. And a place where God is found.
“The questions raised by the stories of these smallest of infants are as large as life itself. What makes life worth living? What is the balance of medicine and faith?
“This book is not a collection of case studies but the stories of women, men and tiny children with whom we explore the meaning of life, death and faith. Here is a book to encourage and inspire, a book about both the struggle and joy of life.”
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“In the high-tech intensive care nursery of a major American hospital, we meet six premature babies, their devoted parents and a praying doctor. Their miraculous stories told in Before Their Time remind us that the most important formula we can feed our children is faith.” Diane M. Komp, M.D., author of Images of Grace: A Pediatrician’s Trilogy of Faith, Hope & Love
“Daniel Taylor is one of the finest writers of our age. . . . The stories read like mysteries of grace which rivet us to the seasons of our own lives that feel premature and incomplete. What I learned not only brought me to tears of joy but to a deeper passion for the glorious timing of God’s plan in my life.” Dan B. Allender, coauthor of The Cry of the Soul
“Taylor and Hoekstra, a physician at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, tell the stories of six infants born after only some 22 weeks’ gestation, their parents, and the staff, primarily the nurses, of the neonatal intensive-care unit that treated them. Faith played a major role in dealing with the many crises of the infants’ lives as well as in their parents’ views of their children, their families, and their religions.
“Although one infant died and at least two were left with physical or mental damage, miracles happened in all of the babies’ stories, and the adults involved, lay and medical, learned much about themselves and their diverse roles in life.
“Taylor and Hoekstra’s moving account of experiences that remain indelible for all those involved in them isn’t for those skeptical of the comfort, support, and hope that firm religious belief can provide. Yet even skeptics should consider their provocative query, “When are we doing things to the baby instead of for the baby?” Booklist