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About the author


“In order to commit my autobiography to paper, I poked away over four million keystrokes, one key at a time, with a mouth stick between my teeth. I mention this not to dramatize my efforts, but to underscore the resilience of the human spirit to triumph over adversity.” Monte Perepelkin

By the age of 30, Monte Perepelkin had turned his troubled youth around and was the owner/operator of a thriving finish carpentry business in Calgary, Alberta. He also enjoyed a successful pro dirt bike racing career in cross-country and motocross that saw him rank as high as second place in the Canadian Cross-Country Championship. But in February 1999 he lost it all when he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. With his racing career over, his business dissolved, and his marriage falling apart, the father of two daughters struggled to come to terms with his confinement to a wheelchair and life as a full-fledged quadriplegic. Not quite ready to put the sport he loved behind him, Perepelkin accepted a position of motocross correspondent for CMRC (Canadian Motorsport Racing Corporation) Magazine, which led to a contributor position with MXP (Motocross Performance) Magazine. After seven years writing about the motocross scene, he moved on to found a small not-for-profit company that specialized in designing wheelchair-friendly home environments for people who, like him, had become paralyzed. In 2014 he started writing his autobiography, entitled “The Perfect Life”, detailing his early life — including a brief stint in jail — becoming a carpenter and starting his own business, his marriage, becoming a father, his racing career, and finally adapting to life as a quadriplegic. Perepelkin credits his positive attitude and faith in God as the key ingredients that have allowed him to lead a happy and productive post- injury life. He is also the author of Truth and Reality, a memoir that details his journey toward accepting the existence of a Creator.

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The Perfect Life
An Autobiography
by Monte J. Perepelkin

Overview


After miscalculating a treacherous triple jump at the Lethbridge Arenacross in Alberta, top-three Canadian professional cross-country dirt bike competitor Monte Perepelkin regained consciousness after three days in the hospital to find himself paralyzed from the neck down. His condition was irreversible. Perepelkin, who had turned thirty just thirty-four days earlier, faced living the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair.

“From the opening chapter of the life-changing crash to his reflections and insights as the book draws to a close, Monte Perepelkin tells a compelling story of his life thus far. He takes readers along on the ride, from his earliest near-fatal accident at age two, through his brushes with the law, and the adrenaline-fueled thrills of the racing world. It’s told with humour, creativity, and raw truth.” —Barb Pacholik, Regina Leader-Post

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Description


After miscalculating a treacherous triple jump at the Lethbridge Arenacross in Alberta, Canada, top-three Canadian professional cross-country dirt bike competitor Monte Perepelkin regained consciousness after three days in the hospital to find himself paralyzed from the neck down. His condition was irreversible. Perepelkin, who had turned thirty just thirty-four days earlier, faced living the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair. “The Perfect Life” is the soul-piercing true life account of a pro off-road motorcycle racer who thought he lost everything when he lost the use of his limbs. But after clawing through a dark forest of adversity, he discovered something far more valuable than any able-bodied life had to offer.

In “The Perfect Life,” Perepelkin’s raw honesty will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. While the narrative narrowly focuses on the events that led to his introduction to motocross, arenacross, cross-country, hare scrambles racing, and his development into a nationally competitive racer, the story delves deeply into the mental and physical struggles he faced after his accident, including sexual intimacy as a quadriplegic, and the long and circuitous route he traveled to acceptance. A more contemplative side of the book focuses on faith, purpose, and existence and adds surprising depth to the story. The impact of Perepelkin’s genuine loss will tug at your emotions and lead you deep into thought. “The Perfect Life” is an educational journey as well as a spiritual one. It’s a life story that gnaws away and, by means of a follow-up book, reveals the answers to life’s most important questions.

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Overview


After miscalculating a treacherous triple jump at the Lethbridge Arenacross in Alberta, top-three Canadian professional cross-country dirt bike competitor Monte Perepelkin regained consciousness after three days in the hospital to find himself paralyzed from the neck down. His condition was irreversible. Perepelkin, who had turned thirty just thirty-four days earlier, faced living the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair.

“From the opening chapter of the life-changing crash to his reflections and insights as the book draws to a close, Monte Perepelkin tells a compelling story of his life thus far. He takes readers along on the ride, from his earliest near-fatal accident at age two, through his brushes with the law, and the adrenaline-fueled thrills of the racing world. It’s told with humour, creativity, and raw truth.” —Barb Pacholik, Regina Leader-Post

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Description


After miscalculating a treacherous triple jump at the Lethbridge Arenacross in Alberta, Canada, top-three Canadian professional cross-country dirt bike competitor Monte Perepelkin regained consciousness after three days in the hospital to find himself paralyzed from the neck down. His condition was irreversible. Perepelkin, who had turned thirty just thirty-four days earlier, faced living the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair. “The Perfect Life” is the soul-piercing true life account of a pro off-road motorcycle racer who thought he lost everything when he lost the use of his limbs. But after clawing through a dark forest of adversity, he discovered something far more valuable than any able-bodied life had to offer.

In “The Perfect Life,” Perepelkin’s raw honesty will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. While the narrative narrowly focuses on the events that led to his introduction to motocross, arenacross, cross-country, hare scrambles racing, and his development into a nationally competitive racer, the story delves deeply into the mental and physical struggles he faced after his accident, including sexual intimacy as a quadriplegic, and the long and circuitous route he traveled to acceptance. A more contemplative side of the book focuses on faith, purpose, and existence and adds surprising depth to the story. The impact of Perepelkin’s genuine loss will tug at your emotions and lead you deep into thought. “The Perfect Life” is an educational journey as well as a spiritual one. It’s a life story that gnaws away and, by means of a follow-up book, reveals the answers to life’s most important questions.

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Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Sports

Language:English

Pages:498

Format:Soft Cover


Overview


After miscalculating a treacherous triple jump at the Lethbridge Arenacross in Alberta, top-three Canadian professional cross-country dirt bike competitor Monte Perepelkin regained consciousness after three days in the hospital to find himself paralyzed from the neck down. His condition was irreversible. Perepelkin, who had turned thirty just thirty-four days earlier, faced living the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair.

“From the opening chapter of the life-changing crash to his reflections and insights as the book draws to a close, Monte Perepelkin tells a compelling story of his life thus far. He takes readers along on the ride, from his earliest near-fatal accident at age two, through his brushes with the law, and the adrenaline-fueled thrills of the racing world. It’s told with humour, creativity, and raw truth.” —Barb Pacholik, Regina Leader-Post

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Description


After miscalculating a treacherous triple jump at the Lethbridge Arenacross in Alberta, Canada, top-three Canadian professional cross-country dirt bike competitor Monte Perepelkin regained consciousness after three days in the hospital to find himself paralyzed from the neck down. His condition was irreversible. Perepelkin, who had turned thirty just thirty-four days earlier, faced living the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair. “The Perfect Life” is the soul-piercing true life account of a pro off-road motorcycle racer who thought he lost everything when he lost the use of his limbs. But after clawing through a dark forest of adversity, he discovered something far more valuable than any able-bodied life had to offer.

In “The Perfect Life,” Perepelkin’s raw honesty will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. While the narrative narrowly focuses on the events that led to his introduction to motocross, arenacross, cross-country, hare scrambles racing, and his development into a nationally competitive racer, the story delves deeply into the mental and physical struggles he faced after his accident, including sexual intimacy as a quadriplegic, and the long and circuitous route he traveled to acceptance. A more contemplative side of the book focuses on faith, purpose, and existence and adds surprising depth to the story. The impact of Perepelkin’s genuine loss will tug at your emotions and lead you deep into thought. “The Perfect Life” is an educational journey as well as a spiritual one. It’s a life story that gnaws away and, by means of a follow-up book, reveals the answers to life’s most important questions.

Read more

About the author


“In order to commit my autobiography to paper, I poked away over four million keystrokes, one key at a time, with a mouth stick between my teeth. I mention this not to dramatize my efforts, but to underscore the resilience of the human spirit to triumph over adversity.” Monte Perepelkin

By the age of 30, Monte Perepelkin had turned his troubled youth around and was the owner/operator of a thriving finish carpentry business in Calgary, Alberta. He also enjoyed a successful pro dirt bike racing career in cross-country and motocross that saw him rank as high as second place in the Canadian Cross-Country Championship. But in February 1999 he lost it all when he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. With his racing career over, his business dissolved, and his marriage falling apart, the father of two daughters struggled to come to terms with his confinement to a wheelchair and life as a full-fledged quadriplegic. Not quite ready to put the sport he loved behind him, Perepelkin accepted a position of motocross correspondent for CMRC (Canadian Motorsport Racing Corporation) Magazine, which led to a contributor position with MXP (Motocross Performance) Magazine. After seven years writing about the motocross scene, he moved on to found a small not-for-profit company that specialized in designing wheelchair-friendly home environments for people who, like him, had become paralyzed. In 2014 he started writing his autobiography, entitled “The Perfect Life”, detailing his early life — including a brief stint in jail — becoming a carpenter and starting his own business, his marriage, becoming a father, his racing career, and finally adapting to life as a quadriplegic. Perepelkin credits his positive attitude and faith in God as the key ingredients that have allowed him to lead a happy and productive post- injury life. He is also the author of Truth and Reality, a memoir that details his journey toward accepting the existence of a Creator.

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