By Dr. Daniel Tomlinson
In his new book, Dr. Daniel Tomlinson draws parallels from pregnancy and birth to spiritual truths in the Word of God. Conception is an allegory to new birth, fetal life represents our life on earth, and birth is analogous to our physical death and our ultimate new life in heaven with God. Just as Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected, we die, are buried, and resurrected, both in the physical and metaphorical senses. Even more compelling are the comparisons Dr. Tomlinson makes about pregnancy and familiar characters found in the Bible. Jonah died to his self, he was buried in the great fish, and he was resurrected to bring light to the Gentiles. Paul underwent many ‘labor pains, ‘ facing persecution from the Jews he spoke the gospel to, before seeing the birth of a new child–the church. While a birth is a joyous occasion, a mother will sometimes experience postpartum depression. This experienceis mirrored in our lives as Christians. There are mountains and valleys, and when we are in the valleys, it’s faith in God that will bring us back to the mountaintop. It’s these and other parallels that give new meaning to pregnancy and A Woman’s Silent Testimony.