Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness

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6.08 X 8.3 X 0.63 inches | 0.59 pounds

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About the Author

John Hull (1935-2015) was the author and editor of several works on religious education, theology, and disability including Sense and Nonsense About God and God-Talk with Young Children: Notes for Parents & Teachers. Additionally, he served as Emeritus Professor of Religious Education at the University of Birmingham. Hull's work on disability research developed due to his personal blindness--a condition he developed in 1980. He documented his experience in Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness.


"John Hull goes a long way toward taking us with him through his descent into total blindness. . . . He lets us see with no trace of self-pity or self-praise how blindness has become far him a genuine acquisition, an unforeseeably rich gift that has made of him what so few of us are: excellent watchers and hearers of the world . . . triumphant in the teeth of ruin." --Reynolds Price

"Glows with a light that enables the sighted to a world beyond ordinary experience. . . . We must all be grateful for the appearance of this stunning book." --The Washington Post

"In 1983, Hull, a university lecturer who had lived with sight problems from the age of 13, found that the dark discs he had fought for 36 years had finally overwhelmed his sight. The spiritual and emotional reactions to his vision loss form the basis of this poignant memoir, and the many questions he asks contribute to his eventual acceptance of his fate. A richly textured dream life adds to his exploration of the 'other world' of blindness, and the understanding and meaning he finds coalesce into a powerful work." --Library Journal