Touching the Rock Paperback

An Experience of Blindness

by John M. Hull;

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The moving and challenging memoir of John Hull's experience of blindness, 'triumphant in the teeth of ruin.'

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Touching the Rock

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‘Touching the Rock’ is the moving and thought-provoking memoir of John Hull’s experience of blindness and the impact it has had on his everyday life, his relationships and his faith.

While he was struggling with coming to terms with his failing vision, he had a dream. He was trapped on a sinking ship, drowning in the depths of darkness. With eloquent and honesty, John illuminates his submerged world:
•   Playing with his children became a challenge
•   Food & Sex became illusive
•   Spirituality shifted into something different

In this touching account John reveals how losing his sight has shaped him into a witness. This transformative autobiography is in one sense eye-opening, while in another sense it is heart-opening.

Touching the Rock by John M. Hull was published by SPCK in May 2013 and is our 9439th best seller. The ISBN for Touching the Rock is 9780281070732.

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Shortly after John Hull went blind, after years of struggling with failing vision, he had a dream in which he was trapped on a sinking ship, submerging into another, unimaginable world.

The power of this calmly eloquent, intensely perceptive memoir lies in its thorough navigation of the world of blindness - a world in which stairs are safe and snow is frightening, where food and sex lose much of their allure and playing with one's child may be agonizingly difficult. As he describes the ways in which blindness shapes his experience of his wife and children, of strangers helpful and hostile and, above all, of his God, Hull becomes a witness in the highest, true sense.

Touching the Rock is a book that will instruct, move, and profoundly transform anyone who reads it.


“John Hull’s account is… to my mind, a masterpiece.” – Oliver Sacks, neurologist and bestselling author, from the forward.

“[Blindness]… has made of him what so few of us are: excellent watchers and hearers of the world… triumphant in the teeth of ruin.”


Details for Touching the Rock

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK (May 2013)
Number of Pages176
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4073511
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