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Alive Day: A Story of Love and Loyalty    by Tom Sullivan order for
Alive Day
by Tom Sullivan
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Thomas Nelson, 2009 (2009)
Softcover, CD

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* * *   Reviewed by Lori Waddington

'A Marine's ALIVE DAY celebrates survival after an almost certain death.' But Marine Corporal Antwone Carver, who is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of an explosion that killed three other Marines and left Antwone 'not quite whole,' has no desire to celebrate.

In addition to being paralyzed, Antwone has been told that his paralysis has resulted in a loss of sexual function, and he is convinced that his wife would be better off without him. Antwone was also a very talented basketball player before his injury, and he is devastated by the fact that he will no longer be able to participate in a sport which he loves.

Dr. Brenden McCarthy, blind as a result of a mountain climbing accident, is a successful psychiatrist with a wife, two children, and a wonderful guide dog named Nelson. When Brenden first meets Antwone after deciding to volunteer his time counseling wounded vets, Antwone has no desire to listen to anything the good doctor suggests, as he is convinced his life is over. But while sharing his struggles to adapt to his own disability, Brenden is able to make Antwone realize that the world is full of opportunities whether a person is able-bodied or not.

Loosely based on a true story - author Tom Sullivan lost his sight as an infant and had his own amazing guide dog - Alive Day is one of those books that will warm you from the inside out. The connection between Brenden, his wonderful black Lab Nelson, and ultimately Antwone, is developed in a story not to be missed.

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