This is the inspirational, often riveting, story of how a 12-year-old farm boy's vow to the Lord in a moment of pure joy turned into a life-long search for an accurate understanding of the meaning and significance of the Scriptures. Taking the reader from his childhood in the Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle, into the military, then on to college, seminary, doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and finally, to his ongoing research and writing, Harper reveals why he has never wavered from his belief that the Lord called him through a supernatural event that occurred on August 17, 1966. Harper is a decorated Vietnam Veteran, having served a one-year tour of duty in that country as an infantry squad leader, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star, an Air Medal, and the much-coveted Combat Infantryman Badge-a one-year tour of duty that he readily admits transformed him from a youth into a man. Over the past quarter-century, Harper has written several hundred articles, books, and monographs in which he explains his understanding of the Scriptures. Here, in his own words, he discloses why he feels compelled to not only continue researching and writing, but also to publish his own "standardized" translation of the Scriptures-Harper's Standardized Study Bible.