Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness (1990)

John M Hull, Simon Hayhoe

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Touching the Rock comprises the autobiographical reflections of Anglo-Australian theologian and educator John M. Hull in the period shortly after losing his sight, from summer 1983 to summer 1986. In the book, Hull discusses coming to terms with his impairment, his loss of memory of the visual, his damaged recollection of those things that were once familiar, and the diversity of reactions from those around him. Touching the Rock is a transcript of Hull's taped diary entries on various topics related to his blindness, including dream analyses; altered practices with familiar objects and the environment; reflections on sections of literature, including the Bible and other religious texts; his trials while forming a young family as a man without sight; and the kindness and cruelty of people during his initial three years of living in complete darkness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisability Experiences
Subtitle of host publicationMemoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives, 1st Edition
EditorsG. Thomas Couser, Susannah B. Mintz
Place of PublicationFarmington Hills, MI
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781410388070
ISBN (Print)1410388077
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2019


  • John Hull
  • Touching the Rock
  • Blind
  • Blindness
  • Diary


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