Thursday, July 28, 2011

THUNDER DOG: A Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by MICHAEL HINGSON and SUZY FLORY

Here is how Thomas Nelson describes this beautifully written book:
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.

What are my thoughts?

This is by far one beautiful story. A true story that points to a mighty God and the love between a man and his dog. I often say, "God brought Daisy into my life for a reason and a purpose." That purpose was to save my life. You will love this story of faith and trust. Michael opens his heart and gives us a glimpse of what life was like for him on this tragic day of 9/11, but also a story of his life. The struggles and blessings along the way that made him the man he is today. This is a story of hope, life and love between a man and his friend, Roselle. This book is wonderfully written and told with such grace. With a thankful heart and faith we are brought to a place that Michael couldn't even see, but through his courage we are able to see clearly the impact this day made on his life and how faith brought him through leaving him with a thankful heart. Don't you just love stories like this? I do. I love when people share their story. Through this story you will find hope and a challenge to face each day with new faith knowing God is forever with us.

This book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for it's review.


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