Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust

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

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust

by Michael Hingson, Susy Flory


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An instant New York Times bestseller, Thunder Dog tells the true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the life-changing power of faith and trust in the face of terror.

When one of four hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center's North Tower on September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, a district sales manager for a data protection and network security systems company, was sitting down for a meeting. His guide dog, Roselle, was at his feet.

Blind from birth, Michael could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding all around him. But Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle's judgment and not to panic. They were a team.

As you relive that fateful day in September 2001 alongside Michael and Roselle, you'll learn:

  • The ways that grief and loss can lead the way for change
  • How the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire your own unshakeable faith
  • The healing power of telling your own story

Praise for Thunder Dog:

"Chapter by chapter of this intriguing work will keep you spellbound. Thunder Dog celebrates the power of the human and animal bond. We all can learn life lessons from this incredible story."

Larry King, Emmy award-winning broadcaster and longtime host of Larry King Live

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400204724
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/06/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 120,310
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Hingson, national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign, is a miraculous survivor of 9/11. He lives with his wife, Karen, in the San Francisco Bay Area with two guide dogs, Africa and Fantasia, and one cat, Sherlock.

Susy Flory is the author or coauthor of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Thunder Dog. Her articles have appeared in Today's Christian Woman, Enrichment Journal, Guideposts books,, and with Focus on the Family.

Nationally acclaimed mental health expert, trauma therapist, and life coach Dr. Anita Phillips is recognized as a leader for her ground-breaking work at the intersection of mental health, faith, and culture. Dr. Anita is a dynamic sought-after speaker who has appeared on multiple news and television outlets and is the host of the fast-growing podcast In the Light with Dr. Anita. She holds degrees from the University of Maryland, Regent University, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Anita lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Michael Phillips, an education advocate and author.

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Introduction xvii

The Real Story

1 Day of Thunder 1

2 1,463 Stairs 5

3 My Other Soul Mate 15

4 Hearing the Coffee Table 31

5 Kicked off the Bus 47

6 Driving in the Dark 63

7 Warriors with Guide Dogs 79

8 I Forgot You Are Blind 93

9 Running with Roselle 107

10 We Are Pretty Much Just Like You 121

11 Woman on Wheels 137

12 A Brush and a Booda Bone 151

13 Shake Off the Dust 167

14 It's All Worth It 175

Acknowledgments 179

Timeline for September 11, 2001 183

The Courtesy Rules for Blindness 191

Blindness: A Left-Handed Dissertation by Kenneth Jernigan 193

Resources for Blindness 205

Notes 211

Glossary of Terms Related to Blindness 215

For Further Reading 229

About the Authors 231

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