From flying through the air at Mach one, to communing with Buddhist monks in a mountaintop monastery; author Vern A. Westfall reveals his often daring, and almost always, experiential approach to life: teach, learn, live, and love—to the utmost!
From a remote and somewhat isolated corner of the Arizona desert, where he was first introduced to religion, Vern Westfall’s journey begins with an insatiable appetite for adventure and a never-ending desire to uncover greater depths of human understanding.
His journey takes readers from the cockpit of his RF-4 Phantom as it wistfully creates contrails across the leading edge of the stratosphere, to tender moments spent caring for his young daughter. Westfall’s emotions, desires, and strength-of-
By reaching into the recesses of his memories, Westfall divulges his exploits and the range of emotions felt, as readers relive his passionate pursuit of an extraordinary life.
Encounter a world that is foreign to most, a world of survival played out in some of the most dangerous of places on earth; combat missions flown over a war-torn North Vietnam, a struggle for survival in the intense heat and nearly impenetrable jungles of the Philippines, flying KC-135 Stratotankers in the freezing air of the Arctic Circle—experience a life of resolute and dedicated service, fueled by a thirst for meaning that is experienced by only a rare few.
“Vern Westfall delivers a stunningly written, first-hand account of a lifetime of incredible exploits and meaningful, spiritual encounters,”
Vern Arthur Westfall began writing late in life. He has a degree in philosophy, has flown many notable missions for the Air Force, has traveled the world, served as a foreign liaison officer, worked in civil and industrial engineering, designed over two-hundred new homes, been a flight instructor, a college instructor, a high school teacher, and taught talented and gifted children. In spite of his variety of careers, Westfall counts his greatest accomplishment as having been a single parent. He sees life as something to be taken seriously at the level of ideas and with humor and suspicion at more practical levels.