Friday, March 30, 2012

52 Books in 52 Weeks - Book Thirteen: Final Approach by Lyle Prouse

Final Approach by Lyle Prouse

I vaguely recall the story of the Northwest Airlines pilots who were arrested for “drunk flying” in the early ‘90s – mostly I remember the throwaway one-liners that were the incident’s inevitable offshoot. This book is an account of what actually happened, as told by the captain of the plane – a career aviator, decorated veteran, devoted family man … and closet alcoholic. The story of his rise, his fall and his resurrection is nothing short of miraculous.

In a turn of events that culminated in loss of career, financial ruin, a federal prison stint and public humiliation that would have sent most people into a tailspin of depression and despair, Lyle Prouse faces his tragedy the only way he knows … head-on and one day at a time. 

There were moments during this story that I said “No way,” and in fact if this had not been an autobiographical account, I might have dismissed it as impossible. Yet every word is true. Lyle Prouse’s rise from poverty, fall from grace, and ultimate redemption is a heartwarming saga that will leave readers marveling at his strength, tenacity and powerful message of recovery. I can’t think of a better book for this Easter season.

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