I was blind, but now I see
I Was Blind, but Now I See is a true story of Clifton Savoy’s anguish and devastating struggles with depression, and he confesses, “who knows what else,” brought on by rapid loss of eye sight and the stark truth by the eye doctors that “we are trying to save what little sight you have left.” In just a few weeks and after his tenth surgery, the reality struck home—his sight wouldn’t improve, and he could continue to lose more without a miracle. It was like being “in the valley of the shadow of death.” He describes how he grasped for any life line to get out of that valley—to deal with the inescapable realities of progressive blindness and to match that visible impairment to live the long delayed plans after retirement like travel and his passion to write novels he’d started years prior. He questions God, with respect to his experiences and service, and refers to specific Bible passages in the Old and New Testaments.
There are light-hearted moments, even funny ones, and Clifton does recognize miracles taking place in the low times of his struggle. I Was Blind, But Now I See is an inspiring story, whose final chapter is yet to be written. Readers will identify with the story—because it may describe also their own, or a friend’s, Walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
“Ever experienced the dark days of depression, loneliness, and hopelessness? Be honest. We all have—perhaps even momentary suicidal thoughts. Clifton Savoy’s personal testimony, I Was Blind, But Now I See, helps us understand and deal with these darker times. Readers will identify with the range of emotions and the mental anguish he shares, as he walks in the Valley of the Shadow of Death—and discovers how to recenter his life, with a vision of bright days ahead.”
Bruce Bickley, Professor of English Emeritus, Florida State University