“Six times, by the grace of God, I survived life threatening situations! Do I now have three lives left?” These words are on the cover of Thomas Thurman’s new book, “Three Lives Left?”
Thurman believes God is watching over him in very special ways, after he has had six life-threatening experiences. His lifetime of adventures are told in his first book.
His narrow escapes include one when he was hunting alone and on a tree branch over a rock-covered bluff. Another time it involves driving a vehicle, and once he was on an ice jam that nearly surged down a river.
Thurman, who was born in 1942, also shared many memories of his Monroe City, Mo., childhood on the family farm.
As an adult, he has continued to have adventures and live dangerously, climbing mountains and taking other risks that were life-threatening.
Thurman, of Monroe City, is a lifelong farmer, hunter, conservationist and adventurer. His book combines nostalgia about his younger years with his unusual adventures.
One chapter, the Old Country School, describes his Kincaid country school and some of the fun he recalls during recess. He was in the last eighth grade class to graduate from Kincaid school before it closed in 1956. The land went back to the farm on his family home place. His dad bought the school house and now Thurman and his wife, Connie, own the home place and the school.
Some of his early adventures were not life-threatening but were amusing to recall. “One of funniest things,” Thurman said, was when “my friends and I went mud crawling in a pond.” This was at a place for farm animals, where he was not allowed to swim, “even though we were good swimmers. ... We went mud crawling in a pond that animals used. Then we went into the house.
“When my mom saw us, we had to wash up in a big tub back of the house and go to Bible school” the same day, he said, regardless of how badly they smelled.
Another amusing incident involved an outhouse, he said. “Going to the outhouse I had to walk across the chicken yard and the rooster would give me a good flogging. ... I got even when I got older,” he added, not explaining how.
The book is available in 32 stores throughout Northeast and Central Missouri, along with West Central Illinois. It is sold at several C&R Markets in the Monroe City area. In Hannibal the book is available at Christian Ambiance and Becky’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Emporium, both located on North Main Street.
It may be ordered by calling Warren Springs Publishing Co. in Monroe City toll free at (855) 228-7167.
Page 2 of 2 - Thurman also is selling his book. It may be ordered by contacting him by email at email@example.com.