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TOGETHER
By: Tom Sullivan with Betty White
Published by: Thomas Nelson
ISBN#978-1-59554-456-8
224 pages


Back Cover::Sometimes you can't see what matters most until it's gone.

Brenden McCarthy feels like he's lost everything. His fiancee. His independence. And his passion for life. All due to one tragic misstep while mountain climbing that cost him his sight.

But he's about to gain the last thing he ever expected.

A big-hearted black Labrador named Nelson who's given one last shot at
being a Seeing Eye dog.

Both are beyond hope and resigned to live alone. And both are about to experience a bond of friendship that develops when they least expect it.

Together is a heartwarming story for anyone who's ever lost sight of what matters most in life...but has hope that there's more.

REVIEW: Who doesn’t love a dog story? Together is the story of a dog and a man who are both struggling to find their purpose and to embrace unwelcome changes. Their dependence on each other becomes the basis of a wonderful and special relationship that inspires hope.

Brenden is a young, athletic man engaged to the love of his life when a mountain-climbing accident strips him of almost everything he values. Depressed and angry, he tries to adjust to his new life and gain independence by being matched with a seeing-eye dog. Nelson is a rambunctious black Labrador who has the potential for being a terrific service dog, but has to overcome his rogue habits and his attachment to his trainer. At a literal crossroads, Brenden wants to give up on life, but Nelson demonstrates true courage and devotion and the crisis moment becomes a breakthrough for both.

Since the author is blind, Together is especially meaningful because it gives the reader real insight into the challenges of living with blindness and the unique bond between a person and a seeing-eye dog. Learning about the process of training service dogs is fascinating and will leave you with a new appreciation for these noble helpers. Read this book and you’ll want to hug your dog – or adopt a dog!

Reviewed by THE PAGE TURNER


BONUS REVIEW

TOGETHER
By Tom Sullivan & Betty White


REVIEW: This book is a real eye and heart opener for me; it will do the same for you. "Focus". I'm usually focused on the destination. I'm in a hurry and don't take the time to smell the flowers along the way. I'm so thankful for people like Tom Sullivan, Betty White and my husband who take the time and look at the world around them.

Tom Sullivan has been blind from birth. He has faced his fears and decided to LIVE LIFE instead of just sitting there passing time. Tom has taken chances that most sited individuals won't even take.

I was amazed at how far technology has evolved to help a blind person function in a sighted world. There is so much I take for granted. Did you know that you can hear someone smile? Reading this book made me aware of how awesome God is and how important all of our senses are in experiencing life to the fullest. Tom Sullivan is an inspiration to all of us. He's a public speaker, singer, actor, writer - the list
goes on. He doesn't let his blindness get in the way of any activity. I heard him on a talk show years ago where he described how he drove a car!! Not kidding!!

Betty White has crusaded on behalf of animals for years. I never knew how smart dogs were and what they can be trained to do. It was quite fascinating to read how these special dogs are trained to help the blind person function in daily tasks. Not only do the dogs help the blind live life, they are also their protectors. It goes to show
you that if you spell dog backwards, you get the word God! I have a new appreciation for these special animals and how God made them so forgiving and filled with unconditional love for their masters.

Pick up a copy of this book and enter a world you never new existed. I'm looking forward to more stories from this amazing team. They helped me look at life from a totally new point of view. You will too!

Nora St.Laurent - Book Club Servant Leader



SEEING LESSONS by TOM SULLIVAN

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