Journey of Discovery

Reprinted from PN December 2012

Paraplegic carves out a rewarding life in a rugged rural landscape.

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After Dave Harper became paraplegic in a car accident at age 16, he began a journey of personal discovery and determination to carve out a rewarding life.

For more than 42 years, he conquered seemingly insurmountable odds in a rugged rural landscape. Wager the Wild Land: A Paraplegic’s Triumph Over Tragedy is the story of his life, from battling the challenges of Alaska’s frontier to logging for firewood in the Rocky Mountains. The sequel, Vanquishing the Void: A Paraplegic Discovers New Purpose, continues the story of how he met the challenge of paraplegia.

Harper’s guiding axiom has been “It’s not the problems in life that define character but how those problems are faced.” He encourages others to find the source of courage and hope he eventually discovered, to face their own difficulties head-on, and to live life to the fullest potential.

Wager the Wild Land and Vanquishing the Void are available for kindle at and


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