David Encina was born on January 24, 1961 in Los Angeles, California. His grandparents emigrated from Mexico to the United States in the early1900’s and settled in Texas. David’s parents were both born and raised in Texas amidst poverty and little educational opportunity. In the late 1940’s his parents and his two older siblings moved to California in search of work and a better life.
David was raised in downtown Los Angeles in the shadow of high rise buildings and ghetto streets that romanticized city living for a young boy. David often refers to Los Angeles as ‘his city’ and has only fond memories of growing up there, ‘I am extremely proud to be an American, but I cannot deny my Mexican heritage.’ These feelings and experiences are felt throughout David’s new book, ‘Whosoever – Finding Christ in the Book of Proverbs’.
David discovered his gift for writing at a young age. While in elementary school his class went on a field trip to the high desert in Southern California to view natural rock formations. David’s teacher assigned an essay for the students to write in which he took to immediately. David found that expressing his thoughts and feelings in writing came naturally to him. His teacher encouraged him to pursue his talent.
His inspiration to write ‘Whosoever – Finding Christ in the Book of Proverbs’ came to him one day during a personal devotion time, ‘I found myself wanting to explain my interpretation of the Book of Proverbs to my son in a way that he could understand. I thought about the future generations of my family and wanted to leave something to them of me. So I sat down with a pen and a pad of paper and began to write a verse by verse commentary of the Book of Proverbs. The Book of Proverbs is overflowing with Godly practical wisdom for today as well as tomorrow. I wanted him, and now the world, to know that Jesus Christ can be found in every page of the Bible if you look hard enough’ David’s wife Iris showed the manuscript to a few trusted friends who emphatically encouraged him to have it published. David hopes to write more books in the future and has many ideas and inspirations to draw upon.
In 1983 David met a beautiful Korean lady who later became his wife. He and Iris have been married now for over 20 years. Together they embarked on a journey which led them to the cross of Christ and now live their lives to serve Him. They have three children, Beverly, Emily, and Solomon.