Aug 7, 2011

Amazing Courage - A review of Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson

Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson is the true story of his escape from the World Trade Center on September 11th with the help of his faithful guide dog Roselle.   This story was so inspiring, and so amazing that I must recommend it to everyone!
The  detailed account of their  descent from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks, while amazing, is not the heart of the story.  The story of how Michael Hingson overcame blindness to do things that a sighted person wouldn’t imagine possible for a blind man is truly what makes this book great.  The obstacles he has overcome and the accessibility that he helped pioneer for the blind community is awe-inspiring. 

This book made me think of blindness in an entirely new way.  The limitations that so many sighted people place on blind people are really our own limitations.  Reading about the work and training of the guide dogs was also very interesting.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.  Learning how to interact with others who have blindness is the best thing I took away from this book. Every person should read this and learn from this story! They will learn what courage really looks like!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze .com  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.”