Davis reaches out 'through cancer and beyond'

Don Davis will sign his books Saturday, Jan. 25, at Literary Bookpost from 1-3 p.m.
Don Davis will sign his books Saturday, Jan. 25, at Literary Bookpost from 1-3 p.m.

Retired minister Don Davis enjoys writing small books based on his experience to offer help and hope to others.

He and his wife, Barbara, wrote a children's book, “Anna's Shoebox,” to encourage kids to get involved in filling shoeboxes to be shipped overseas to children in need. They gave it away, with a matching coloring book, with no expectation of profit.

Now Davis has a new book, “Restored: A Journey Through Cancer and Beyond.” Davis, a cancer survivor, wrote another book about cancer in 2010 — “Man's Diagnosis God's Prognosis: Standing Against a Killer, Melanoma.” It was the story of his journey through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up, and a celebration of God's grace in his life.

The new book, “Restored,” parallels Psalm 23. Davis says the oncology nurses read his first book and told him “the thing we need most is something about people dealing with their feelings.”

“I tried to address that through the 23rd Psalm and how (King) David uses that through good and bad.”

Davis gave away 1,200-1,300 of the first book through doctor's offices, word of mouth and family members. He got letters and phone calls in response.

“It was not meant to be a money-maker,” Davis says. “We had help paying for the book with a donation.”

“Restored” won't be a money-maker, either. It has a $4.99 price tag, but that will only cover the cost of producing it. He's trying to get the book out to places where people who need it will see it. He credits his oncologist with giving away many of his first book.

“My goal is helping people who go through this, with regard for spouses and caregivers, especially mentally. They could end up in worse shape than the patient.

“I even preach that … I'm not a theologian, I spend more time on the person.”

The book takes the Psalm verse by verse and applies it to the needs of a person facing a huge challenge. “I pray it will catch on.

“My main emphasis is on the spiritual side. Research shows your belief in God can help you get through” the ordeal.

Davis again used Jean Barlow to illustrate his cover. He will sign books and talk about his experience on Saturday, Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m. at Literary Bookpost. His other books will also be available.

Notice about comments:

Salisburypost.com is pleased to offer readers the ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Salisburypost.com cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not Salisburypost.com. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Full terms and conditions can be read here.

Do not post the following:

  • Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
  • Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
  • Personal attacks, insults or threats.
  • The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
  • Comments unrelated to the story.