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Alive Day [Paperback]

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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 14, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595544577  
EAN  9781595544575  
UPC  020049133767  

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Sometimes a "best friend" can be your second chance.

Though psychiatrist Dr. Brendan McCarthy is blind, he sees himself clearly in a young patient named Antwone--a marine recently disabled in combat. Antwone should be celebrating his "Alive Day," the day he narrowly escaped certain death in combat, but he's depressed--nearly suicidal. Dr. McCarthy can relate--he too thought he'd lost everything when he lost his sight in a mountain climbing accident years ago.

Dr. McCarthy determines he'll do whatever it takes to rescue the young marine from despair. But ultimately it's McCarthy's big-hearted and couragous black Labrador, Nelson, who teaches both Antwone and McCarthy the real meaning of life after near-death.

Publishers Description

Based in part on a true story, "Alive Day" is an inspiring, affirming tale about the power of love, loyalty, and living full-out.

A Marine's "Alive Day" celebrates the survival after an almost certain death. It's a time of hope and joy.

But Antwone Carver isn't celebrating. Home from war but not quite whole, Antwone's having trouble dealing with his new physical limitations.

Psychiatrist Brenden McCarthy can relate. He thought he'd lost everything when he was blinded in a mountain climbing accident. But with God's help, he's now living a satisfying life and feels called to help Antwone do the same. Problem is, he's hit one dead end after another trying to reach this bitter young Marine.

Enter Brenden's big-hearted and courageous black Labrador, Nelson. With boundless energy, contagious optimism, and a big heart, Nelson shows them both what it means to live a truly abundant life.

The journey Brenden began in the heartwarming novel "Together" continues with "Alive Day."

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More About Tom Sullivan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tom Sullivan, who lost his sight as an infant, is an actor, singer, author, and producer. He has been nominated for Emmy awards and has written nine books for youths and adults. Betty White is an Emmy award-winning film and television actress whose diverse career has spanned sixty years. White is well-known for her advocacy for animal health and welfare - including her work with the Los Angeles Zoo - and is currently appearing as "Catherine Piper" on ABC's law comedy, Boston Legal."

Tom Sullivan was born in 1947.

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Another wonderful book by Tom Sullivan  Apr 22, 2010
I have always admired both authors. Tom Sullivan for having a fulfilling life despite blindness and Betty White for her work with animals.

Other readers said the book wasn't factual and too sweet. I found it heartwarming and a wonderful read. It touched me very much. I recommend it to anyone and hope that some of the "non-facts" can be overlooked.
Couldn't put the book down!  Apr 10, 2010
I throughly enjoyed reading "Alive Day." I am not much of a book reader, but I love this author and all the books he has written. Once I started reading the book it was hard to put it down. It is easy reading. If you have ever owned a dog you will enjoy this book. I think it is important to read the first book "Together" before reading this sequel to the first story.
A Dog Story that Tugs at Your Heart  Mar 14, 2010
If you like stories about our relationships with dogs, then this book does not disappoint! It's filled with rich prose, love and compassion. Get out the Kleenex for this one as you'll certainly need it. A moving story about a blind man who comes to terms with his own life through the love and support of a beautiful black Labrador, this is a nice read. How great to have a book like this to lift your spirits in a time when we're hit with so many negative messages in the media! I loved this book and will read it several times!
In spite of a great base idea, bad writing drags it down  Feb 19, 2010
I like therapy dogs, I really do. I even have one. And so the idea of this book was very compelling for me. But (and I don't want to disparge the author in any way) the writing in this book is just plain bad. The dialog was completely robatic and the text was filled with lists about real life famouse people-often in the very dialog itself. "Alive Dat" reminded me very much (not to despariage CPA's) of fiction written by a CPA, or computer program. The plot was predictable and while the book overall is not un-readable, I was vastly relieved when it was over.

Two stars.
Trust Golden Girl Betty White's review...  Feb 16, 2010
Betty White, aka Rose Nylund, co-wrote the first book in this two-book tale about a man and his dog. Some of that Rose Nylund sweetness comes off in Tom Sullivan's writing. He flies solo on this one and, like his blind hero Brenden McCarthy, manages most adeptly, thanks to a four-footed muse named Nelson, Brenden's guide dog.

Nelson is, in the words of other characters, "a real cool dog" and "a wonder dog". He is the scene-stealer as all animals tend to be. He faces stiff competition from paraplegic and bitter Corporal Antwone Carver, Carver's wife Darla, a character who can be described as Doctor McChauvinist, Brenden's well-drawn, sympathetic, and likeable wife Kat as well as his children, and Dr. Marvin Barnes, retired military, football-playing blind, Brenden's former therapist who loves cigars and breaks the rules. He also delivers a soliloquy on race (Carver and Barnes are African-American) that is gutsy.

The book also takes on the difficulties of veterans coming home, the reality of military life, with a message that is (gasp) fair to our men and women in uniform and their family, espcially when Antwone describes his attempts "to help [Iraqis] bild a school or fix a road" while facing insurgency.

This book aims for a feeling of reality that can't quite restrain an idealistic joie de vivre. Antwone Carver suspects Brenden of condescension (and is afraid of Nelson), but Brenden's own disability and soul, not to mention passion for basketball, forge a heartwarming connection.

This is a book that will leave you feeling good.

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