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Finalist for the Booksellers Choice Award!

Contingency Plans maps the body, the land, and the hollows therein, eager to determine their dimensions, carried along by the gales of possibility, to find what once made us anxious is out of the question, and what has kept us awake now sings us back to sleep.

Early praise for
Contingency Plans
These are poems of great spiritual crisis and consequence, where the dark night of the soul is a rugged rucksack shouldered by the poet. But the wilderness resounds with the voice of a choir and the wearying road can always beckon you home.
Oliver de la Paz, author of Requiem for the Orchard

A great poet confounds me; he uses the same materials I do — words — but where I’ve built a fort, he has erected a cathedral. Wheeler has “revealed the space behind our ribs,” and I must remove my sandals.
Susan Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations with God

Simultaneously eloquent and potently raw; intimate reflections on spirituality and maturation, in harmony and conflict, that reverberate through every human journey.
Carol Cassella, author of Healer and National Bestseller Oxygen

Infused with the sort of holiness discovered in that quiet place behind the mighty waterfall, or staring straight up into the outstretched arms of a Ponderosa pine.
Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

We always need fresh words. Particularly in the areas of life Wheeler's work approaches. Faith, mystery, relationship. David's words provide new doorways through which to walk into familiar places.
Justin McRoberts, singer and songwriter