David Gira graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School in 2005, where he received his Master of Divinity with honors. He is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and member of the North Carolina Annual Conference. He has eighteen years of pastoral and church leadership experience. Since being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2017, he has devoted his ministry to supporting cancer patients and their loved ones. He is a frequent blogger and now a published author. He and his wife Amy have been married for twenty-three years and have three children. They currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. Visit David online at https://www.davidgira.com/.
How Cancer Cured Me
Battling to beat cancer, finding a cure, and fighting to survive can become all-encompassing.
Like most people, when diagnosed with cancer, David only wanted physical healing. God had bigger plans and used David’s cancer experience to heal many areas of brokenness in his life. By the time of his first cancer-free report, two years later, his life had been radically transformed.
In How Cancer Cured Me, David Gira, seasoned pastor and cancer survivor, shares fifteen ways God used his cancer experience, with all its challenges, to heal his life in addition to ultimately providing physical healing. The topics range from becoming more courageous to finding his get-up-and-go. David also writes about the ways God used the cancer journey to positively impact his most important relationships.
With refreshing honesty and humor, David tells his cancer story, shares inspiring stories of other cancer patients, and reflects on relevant Scripture.
How Cancer Cured Me brings together the author’s theological training, pastoral experience, and his personal narrative. Cancer patients will find a helpful companion. Christians will be inspired by his testimony. The less religious will appreciate his approachable and authentic voice. All will enjoy his candor and humor.
Awards, Reviews, and Coverage
"I commend to you this healing conversation about fear and courage, doubt and faith, dread and delight—universal human experiences binding us to one another and to God." – Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Bishop of North Carolina, United Methodist Church
"Gira’s wise rereading of Scripture and honesty about himself provide a map to guide both those who suffer and those who care for them toward places of strength, trust, and healing." – Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School