Item description for My Fortunate Brain Tumor from God by David Jiang & Dave Jiang...
After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, Dave Jiang started asking some hard questions: "Why Me?" "Was the universe just random, or was there reason and purpose behind it?" "What happens at death?" In the midst of five brain surgeries, radiation treatment and miraculous recovery after 28 days unconscious in a coma, he became motivated to search for something beyond human invention, control and understanding. Disregarding any and all preconceived notions and beliefs from the cultural and religious establishment, his search for empirical and historical evidence for an extraterrestrial deity led him to seek out Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Moslems, as well as scientists and intellectuals. Researching modern and historically verifiable ancient texts while undergoing myriad medical procedures and enduring increasing pain and impairments, something made itself apparent, leading to viable answers and meditations about "Blind Faith," divine sovereignty, the nature of suffering, eternal joy and punishment, and divine calling. Despite never graduating high school, Dave Jiang (barely) completed a Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL after cramming a four-year degree into 6 years. After being employed in corporate America by IBM for 2 years, he spent the next 12 years on full-time campus staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. He is currently engaged in an independent ministry working among professional and civic organizations, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, art galleries, campuses, churches, and the occasional evangelistic stand-up comedy gig in bars and nightclubs. Interacting primarily among those disenchanted by the traditional church, he seeks to bring the abundant, pleasurable and joyful life promised by Jesus to those outside the religious establishment. Financed entirely through investments from organizations and individuals, and from holdings in the securities markets, God has granted him the freedom to pursue whatever ministry opportunities he sees God presenting and calling him to. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.25" Weight: 1.71 lbs.
Release Date Mar 27, 2007
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1602660743 ISBN13 9781602660748
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A search for a believable God started by a miracle... Jun 11, 2007
It's not everyday you read of someone either referring to their brain tumor as fortunate, or considering their brain tumor as coming from God. But Dave Jiang does both in the title of his first book, in which he describes the events leading up to his miraculous emergence from a 28-day coma, and results of his search for God spurred by his recovery.
The title definitely gets your attention, as the title is in large letters on both the front, the back and the spine of the book. It's definitely a conversation starter.
The "Part I" in the subtitle "Part I - Discovering God in the Midst of a Post-Modern Culture" refers to the fact that Jiang is currently writing a companion volume to this book. One could argue that since most of what happens in the book is in the early 80's, the culture wasn't all that post-modern at the time.
Jiang devotes about a quarter of the book to events leading up to his emergence from a 28-day coma, noting some of the coincidences considered as providential in retrospect, how doctors at the Mayo Clinic blocked out time to examine him, how a brain tumor was discovered in the nick of time, and how some of the world's most prestigious doctors were dumbfounded by his recovery.
When he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, Jiang asked "Why me?" When he emerged from his coma, he asked "Why me" again, and started a spiritual quest for his deliverer and for meaning in life. He considered Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, but rejected them on the basis of a lack of evidence for their truth claims. He noticed that many people embrace a certain religious tradition due to family or cultural tradition.
He started to find what he was looking for in the fulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament, and the New Testament declaration that Christianity stands or falls on resurrection of Jesus Christ. A large portion of this book could be described as Jiang's personal engagement with the material in the Christian apologetic books "Evidence Which Demands a Verdict" by Josh McDowell, or "Who Moved The Stone?" by Frank Morison. If you believe that Christians have no rational basis for their beliefs, you will be challenged by this book.
There is a little bit of the Christian hedonism of John Piper in this book as well, as Jiang frequently writes of the Christian life as a joyful, abundant, pleasurable life, a life worth helping others to find. If you think the God of the Bible is a cosmic killjoy, you will be challenged by this book. I am expecting more of this to appear in the companion volume, which is due to appear in 2008.
The reason I am giving this book four stars instead of five stars is due to some minor problems in organization. The book has a total of 18 chapters. I found the first chapter a little difficult to follow due to some jumps in time. I believe most of the material in Chapter 2 should be moved to either an Introduction section or the next book. I believe you would find the book easier to follow if you started at Chapter 3. There are also some typographical errors and inconsistencies.
But all in all, Dave Jiang has thought about some things a lot of people don't think about, from a place a lot of people haven't been. My Fortunate Brain Tumor From God is worthy of your consideration.
Full disclosure: Both Dave Jiang and I are active participants in Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis.