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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory

The true and phenominal story of Michael Hingson's experience escaping the World Trade Center as the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists on 9/11. Moreover, Hingson has incorporated his life stories, as it was certainly "flashing before his eyes" while he escaped, wondering if he would make it out alive. Mr. Hingson is a truly fascinating, talented and determined man. Born blind, Hingson explains how he grew up without feeling disabled. This book is not only a first hand account of 9/11, but of living blind without being limited or defined as disabled. Very inspirational.

The writing style makes you feel as if you are there during the 9/11 events. This has become one of my favorite books for a variety of reasons. Mr. Hingson has his own quote at the beginning of the last chapter, "God does not present insurmountable problems. Instead, he give us challenges, waits for us to overcome them, and then rejoices." This quote goes a long way in describing this fantastic book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Not only for those who would like to know what it was like to be in the midst of 9/11, but for everyone who experiences challenges in life - challenges that can become discouraging. This book is inspiring and shows courage and determination to defy being labeled as disabled. My gosh, he actually taught himself to ride a bicycle!!! and much more!!! I've never read anything that really demonstrated how you can overcome anything!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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