Author Daniel Fazzina faced a dire situation. A massive tumor in his chest would potentially leave him with mere months to live — a harrowing scenario that he detailed in his recently released book, "Divine Intervention: 50 True Stories of God's Miracles Today."
What happened next, though, he believes was nothing short of a miracle, sending him on a path toward helping others discover God's power.
"In 2002, I was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, and had developed a large, grapefruit-sized tumor inside my chest, right above my heart," he recently told TheBlaze. "Doctors said it was inoperable and that they would try to treat it with medication, but they weren't sure it would respond. If it didn't, they assured me I would be dead within 3 months at the most, possibly even weeks."
Fazzina sought the recommended medical treatments, but he also took all the spiritual guidance he could get. From prayer to anointing with oils, he also looked above for a solution to his troubles.
And when he went back to the doctor for a follow-up appointment, he was stunned by what was found.
[sharequote align="center"]"No more tumor, no more cancer in my body — not even any scar tissue left behind."[/sharequote]
"When the doctors sent me for the 'half-way point' scan to gauge the progress, hoping the tumor would be responding and smaller, the test came back completely negative," he said. "No more tumor, no more cancer in my body — not even any scar tissue left behind. It was completely clean."
The author has been cancer free since 2003, but the experience has had a lasting impact.
Believing that his healing was a real-life miracle, Fazzina soon found himself speaking with others who had similar experiences. Before long, he started a radio show called "Divine Intervention Radio" and began collecting stories for his book — all in an effort to uncover and showcase the miraculous.
Now, he's hoping that both his show and book will encourage people to remain open-minded to the Lord, while encouraging people to ask "God to show them miracles."
"They can open their heart to the possibility of miracles. They can seek out other people who have faith and experienced miracles, and listen to their testimonies. Faith is contagious!" he said. "It helps to be around the right kind of people — seek the Lord, and seek out faithful people, and I don't think it will be long before you either experience or witness a miracle for yourself!"
Fazzina has interviewed around 200 people who also claim to have experienced a wide variety of miracles in their own lives, showing him what he believes to be the plethora of diverse ways in which God directly touches human lives.
"God intervenes in so many ways — answered prayers, near-death experiences, conversion experiences, divine provision, divine appointments, resurrections, etc.," Fazzina told TheBlaze. "The more I talk to different people who have had such amazing experiences, the more it builds my own faith and further convinces me that miracles exist."
[sharequote align="center"]"God intervenes in so many ways — answered prayers, near-death experiences, conversion experiences."[/sharequote]
The author shares many stories in the book, including one about a woman named Ema McKinley who was paralyzed and wheelchair-bound for nearly 20 years with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a disorder that causes intense pain and sensitivity, according to the Mayo Clinic.
"The best doctors in the world at the Mayo Clinic did all that they could for her, but could not cure her. She took over a dozen different types of pain mediations, including morphine, which prevented her from being able to eat solid foods," Fazzina said. "She lived on nutrient drinks and high-protein shakes for over 15 years, and was not able to sleep in a bed for the same amount of time, due to her curved spine and her inability to straighten up."
With little sleep and continuously intense pain, McKinley's life, in many easy, was horrific — that is, until she claims to have had an encounter with Jesus — one in which she says he very literally appeared in front of her on Christmas Eve 2011 before she says he straightened out her back, foot and hand and allowed her to walk for the first time in 15 years.
And today, she's healed.
While McKinley's story might seem unbelievable, Fazzina is only one of many to have documented her claims and her recovery. Consider what Mayo Clinic surgeon Dr. C. Robert Stanhope — who never treated McKinley, but who saw her contorted body before she was healed — once said about her story.
"What happened to Ema last Christmas is simply not explainable to my knowledge from a medical perspective," Stanhope once explained.
[sharequote align="center"]"Faith is contagious!"[/sharequote]
And that's just one of the many stories included in "Divine Intervention: 50 True Stories of God's Miracles Today. Fazzina is hoping the book will also reach skeptics.
"I wrote divine intervention … to encourage the believer and to challenge the skeptic as to the reality of God," he said. "More than anything, however, I want readers to be reminded of just how much God loves them, and to be encouraged to reach out to God and pursue their own personal relationship with Him through His son, Jesus Christ, the author of life."