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Former Camden resident publishes book on late husband

Posted: July 8, 2014 5:13 p.m.
Updated: July 9, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Former Camden resident Jean Phillips is publishing "Trophy of Grace," the story of her late husband, Gene, and their more than 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries in Zimbabwe.

The book recounts how God worked throughout their lives. According to a press release on the book’s publication, "Trophy of Grace" focuses on Gene Phillips, his life and ministry, and the love he had for God and his family.

Jean Phillips will travel to Laurens on Saturday to sign copies of the book at the Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community in the facility’s Cooper Dining Room from 2 to 4 p.m.

"In a touching tribute that reads more like a novel than a biography, Jean highlights the many God-moments from her late husband’s days," the book’s editor said in the press release. "These God-moments included his tumultuous childhood, their courtship that led to 61 years of marriage and four children, their ministry and adventures on the mission field, and Gene’s big game hunting, as well as his final home going."

After retirement as full time missionaries, the Phillips moved to Camden and served as active members of First Baptist Church of Camden. During that time, they returned several times to different countries in southern Africa as mission volunteers. The Phillips moved to Martha Franks Retirement Community in 2011 where Jean Phillips currently resides.

Previously, Jean Phillips co-authored with her husband "Gleanings from God’s Word," a daily devotional book. In addition, she authored "Rescue," a book recounting the Phillips’ kidnapping in Lesotho; "The Watered Garden," the story of her mother’s life; and "The Meaning of Christmas," a children’s book.

First Baptist Pastor Bruce Hancock was one of the first to read "Trophy of Grace."

"Woven throughout the story of God’s call and His care of Gene and Jean Phillips is a beautiful love story -- of their deep love for each other and their even deeper love for the Lord, who sustained them during their 40 years of mission service in Zimbabwe," Hancock said. "You will be inspired, encouraged, and challenged as you read the account of this ‘trophy of grace.’"

"Trophy of Grace" will be on sale for $10 during Saturday’s book signing in Laurens, and Phillips will be available to sign copies. For those who cannot attend the book signing, books can be ordered by sending a name and address with a check or money order for $15 (includes shipping and handling) to Jean Phillips at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community, 1 Martha Franks Drive, Laurens, South Carolina 29360.

Books will also be available for sale in the Martha Franks gift shop as well as the Kershaw Baptist Association office at 14 East DeKalb St. in Camden.

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