Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thunder Dog

The story is told in parallel form. Michael Hingson shares his story of escaping the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. At the same time, he shares his life story of being blind and of his bond with his guide dogs. Both stories are inspiring and amazing.

This is a great story of faith and trust. I would also say that this is a story of tenacity. Michael's parents raised him to not just survive but thrive in the world. Being blind did not stop him from riding his bike around the neighborhood or walking to school 3 blocks away or even flying an airplane. It was not until he was 14 years old that he even knew about guide dogs. Even then, his family had to fight for the right to ride the school bus with his guide dog. Yet they never gave up or gave in.

What I liked most about this book is the honesty of being blind in a sighted world. Michael Hingson writes about his life and how hard he has had to work to overcome struggles because of blindness. What he has achieved is amazing. His guide dog is also amazing, but you will have read the book yourself to understand why.

My favorite line: "Don't let sight get in the way of your vision."

Thomas Nelson has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

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