Thursday, May 2, 2019

Louisiana's Phillips relates a chance meeting that forms a lifelong friendship in his book 'When I Wished Upon a Star'

Dr. Brandon Lane Phillips of northern Louisiana was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect shortly after his birth. Questioning God’s plan for him, he prayed for answers. 

Soon after Phillips got a chance to meet one of his favorite TV show characters, Jeremy Miller, who played Ben Seaver on “Growing Pains,” through the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Their meeting, along with the show's cast member Kirk Cameron, would later shape both their lives and is the subject of Phillips’ book, “When I Wished Upon a Star: From Broken Homes to Mended Hearts” (Thomas Nelson). 

The book explains how God strategically placed these two people in each other’s lives when they needed each other the most.

Phillips is now a pediatric cardiologist who serves on the board of trustees of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For more information on the book, visit

Louisiana Book News is written by award-winning author Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Her first book in each series is FREE to download as an ebook, including "Emilie," book one of The Cajun Series, "Ticket to Paradise," book one of The Cajun Embassy series and "A Ghost of a Chance," the first Viola Valentine mystery.

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