Life Expectancy by Dean KoontzIn the dazzling new thriller from the master of dark suspense, the hand of fate reaches out to touch an ordinary man with greatness. So long as he is ready. So long as he is, above all, afraid.
Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers waiting room and his dying fathers bedside. Its a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storms fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.
What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson – five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his 20th year; the second in his 23rd year; the third in his 28th; the fourth in his 29th; the fifth in his 30th.
Rudy is all too ready to discount his fathers last words as a dying mans delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the moment of his grandsons birth to the minute, as well as his exact height, weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly – the unexplained anomaly of fused digits on his left foot. Suddenly, the old mans predictions take on a chilling significance.
What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmys story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous – a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.
Best of Founding Fathers Anti-Religion Quotes
Quotes of the Founding Fathers on Religion
This list is by no means exhaustive; many other Founders could be included, and even with those who appear below, additional quotes could have been used. The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell. The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity. Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited.
No one can deny that many of the founding fathers of the United States of America were men of deep religious convictions based in the Bible and faith in Jesus Christ. Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence , nearly half 24 held seminary or Bible school degrees. These Christian quotes of the founding fathers on religion will give you an overview of their strong moral and spiritual convictions which helped form the foundations of our nation and our government. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it. The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy. The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries. The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason. Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial.
Despite being guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution, religious liberty is in the crosshairs of many of our most powerful elected officials. But our Founding Fathers were very clear about ensuring religious liberty for all Americans. First Amendment. I think we would do well to remember that the exercising of our religion which is discussed so often by our Founding Fathers is the living out of our conscience according to the dictates of our faith. It is not the much narrower "freedom of worship" spoken of so often nowadays which would see our freedoms limited to which building we'd like to spend an hour or so on Sunday. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.