Thursday, August 4, 2011

What a great testimony of faith and survival by Michael Hingson in Thunder Dog: the true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the triumph of trust at ground zero. Michael was on the 78th floor of the North Tower on September 11, 2001 and this is his tale of survival. I was thoroughly engaged in his story as he related his sensory experiences as a blind man, dependent on smells, sounds, and the guidance of his guide dog, Roselle. His harrowing tale details his trip down 78 flights of stairs, escaping the debris from the collapsing South Tower, gasping for air during the ensuing dust cloud, and the relief of safety he felt upon hearing the voice of his wife. Interspersed throughout, are his childhood experiences in which he found ways to overcome the challenges he faced as a blind person and how these experienced shaped him into the man his is today. This novel is a definite must read for those who enjoy tales of survival, heroic pets/service animals, and those who are encouraged by a testimony of a man overcoming obstacles by trusting in God's plan.
Thanks to for providing a copy of this book for my honest review.