Great First Sentences

There is something about the first sentence of a book. The great ones compel you to read further and stick in your mind. The bad ones you forget almost instantly (perhaps the really bad ones stick with you too?). Well, here is a great one from the book The Probability of God: A Simple Calculation That Proves the Ultimate Truth

Do you realize there is some possibility that before you complete this sentence, you will be hoofed insensible by a wayward, miniature Mediterranean ass?

If that doesn’t make you want to keep reading I don’t know what will . . .

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).


  1. Kevin,

    Are you reading the book? Let us know what the principle arguments are, will you, when you’re done?

    I saw the book on amazon but don’t want to buy it if it’s math heavy, or if the whole thing is pretty much one note.

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