Friday, August 5, 2011

Thunder Dog–Book Review

Thunder Dog The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

By Michael Hingson with Susy Flory
Published by Thomas Nelson
Book Description:

A blind man and his guide dog show the power of trust and courage in the midst of devastating terror.

It was 12:30 a.m. on 9/11 and Roselle whimpered at Michael’s bedside. A thunderstorm was headed east, and she could sense the distant rumbles while her owners slept. As a trained guide dog, when she was “on the clock” nothing could faze her. But that morning, without her harness, she was free to be scared, and she nudged Michael’s hand with her wet nose as it draped over the bedside toward the floor. She needed him to wake up.

With a busy day of meetings and an important presentation ahead, Michael slumped out of bed, headed to his home office, and started chipping away at his daunting workload. Roselle, shivering, took her normal spot at his feet and rode out the storm while he typed. By all indications it was going to be a normal day. A busy day, but normal nonetheless. Until they went into the office.

In Thunder Dog, follow Michael and his guide dog, Roselle, as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs. When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom, frightening sounds, and muffled voices swept through Michael’s office while shards of glass and burning scraps of paper fell outside the windows.

But in this harrowing story of trust and courage, discover how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America’s darkest days.

My Thoughts:

Loved it!  But I guess I need to be a little more wordy, huh?   The author does and exceptional job of painting  vivid images of his miraculous escape from the Twin Towers.

The book switches back and forth from retelling the horror of 9/11, and learning about both the author and the guide dogs life and training.  I learned more about living with blindness in these 200+ pages than I have in my 40+ years.

What I liked most was Hingson’s sharing his faith in God, and how in the midst of that nightmare, he cried out to God and God answered him.   He quickly points out that it was because of God and the prayers that were going up on his behalf that kept him alive on September 11.

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes only.  I received no other compensation for my review.   The thoughts and opinions shown here are strictly my own.

1 comment:

Eesti said...

This is a book about a man that uses life's obstacles to make him stronger. He called upon all of this strength during his escape from the North Tower, as well as in his recovery from 9/11. I so enjoyed reading this book! I've recommended it to friends and family.