The author has been a combination of the following: a son of two fine Southern Baptist parents and a brother to a sister that fits the same description. He has raced flat-track motorcycles, has been both a car owner and part-time driver of Sprint cars, and has ridden bulls—some of these less successfully than others. He now walks with a permanent wobble for all his efforts. He’s a Florida state-certified building contractor and a commercial cabinet shop owner and has been a furniture maker as well as a hunting guide. Van is now a public speaker, single father of three, and now lives on a fifty-six-acre organic cattle farm in Walnut Hill, Florida. His schedule is kept busy by being a daddy to Bailee, twenty-six and displaced to Nashville, Tennessee; Eli, fifteen; Tanner, fourteen; Ellie, the Jack Russell princess; and Walter “Damn You” Deese, the wannabe cattle dog. He wouldn’t have it any other way.