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I'd Rather Be Blind: The Night Hides a World But Reveals a Universe. My Life After Afghanistan

I'd Rather Be Blind: The Night Hides a World But Reveals a Universe. My Life After Afghanistan

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Grant Lock directed Afghanistan's largest eye care program. Until he himself became blind. He returns home to a society with its own blind spots: myopic attitudes to Islam, mental health and what makes us human. After battling corruption, injustice and disadvantage in the deserts, mountains and cities of Pakistan and Afghanistan Lock confronts challenges-both intimate and global-with courage and compassion.

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Praise for I'd Rather Be Blind

"Riveting. To his experience in of some of the world's most troubled places Lock brings a bushman's wit and wisdom. Lock writes about Islam with authority and insight."
- John Anderson AO, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

"Grant Lock is master of the ripping yarn. This smorgasbord of human experience spans centuries and continents and themes common to us all: hostility and hospitality, disaster and hope, the mundane and the marvellous."
- Dr Bernie Power, Author of Understanding Jesus and Muhammad

"Inspirational. I could sit in a pub all day listening to Grant Lock."
- Haydn Raford, Freelance Writer

"I thank God for you every day."
- Farida, Afghan widow

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About "I'd Rather Be Blind: The Night Hides a World But Reveals a Universe. My Life After Afghanistan"

Grant Lock directed Afghanistan's largest eye care program. Until he himself became blind. He returns home to a society with its own blind spots: myopic attitudes to Islam, mental health and what makes us human. After battling corruption, injustice and disadvantage in the deserts, mountains and cities of Pakistan and Afghanistan Lock confronts challenges-both intimate and global-with courage and compassion.

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Praise for I'd Rather Be Blind

"Riveting. To his experience in of some of the world's most troubled places Lock brings a bushman's wit and wisdom. Lock writes about Islam with authority and insight."
- John Anderson AO, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

"Grant Lock is master of the ripping yarn. This smorgasbord of human experience spans centuries and continents and themes common to us all: hostility and hospitality, disaster and hope, the mundane and the marvellous."
- Dr Bernie Power, Author of Understanding Jesus and Muhammad

"Inspirational. I could sit in a pub all day listening to Grant Lock."
- Haydn Raford, Freelance Writer

"I thank God for you every day."
- Farida, Afghan widow
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Lock directed Afghanistan's largest eye care program. Until he himself became blind. He returns home to a society with its own blind spots: myopic attitudes to Islam, mental health and what makes us human. After battling corruption, injustice and disadvantage in the deserts, mountains and cities of Pakistan and Afghanistan Lock confronts challenges?both intimate and global?with courage and compassion.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Grant Lock

Grant Lock dug wells, built schools and helped restore the eyesight of thousands of Afghans. Grant is married to Janna, the woman the widows of Kabul call Frishta (Angel). Development work in Pakistan and Afghanistan followed their notable success as cattle breeders in South Australia.

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An extraordinary read
5 stars By Erica, Oct 27 2016
What a delight! I was moved to tears on many occasions throughout. The many challenges these two precious servants of the Lord faced with such grace and love for the people challenged my own walk with the Lord. Grant dedicated his book to his partner in service and life and truly it was a tribute to Jana who, as a woman, was left in many very challenging situations. He acknowledged beautifully her service to the Lord and him and the great cost to herself.
Grant's poetry, scattered throughout the text, brings a fresh and lively expression to matters of life and faith.
Thank you Grant. I look forward to book no. 3.
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Wonderful Read.
3 stars By Ken D Noakes, Sep 13 2016
Grant Lock has written a book of reflection and observation influenced by his time as director of an Afghan Eye Program for many years before returning to Australia due to his own failing eyesight.

Each chapter, jumps from present to past day and back again as Grant skillfully paints a picture of what it was like serving in, at times, very difficult and dangerous circumstances. 

His mix of poetry and narrative alongside a gift for retelling stories with clarity and voice makes this a thought-provoking book.

I laughed out loud as he recounts meeting a stranger en-route to the bathroom and as he found himself locked in a wrong toilet cubicle - a mishap among many due to his blindness. I held my breath as he describes an outing in the Kirthar National Park with a guide carrying a gun and then recoiled trying to imagine a horrifying meeting with a night-time rat. I nodded in agreement as he amusingly narrated his frustrating dealings with 'Belstra' (a fictional communications company!).  I found tears welling as he bears testimony to the faithful work of colleagues who had been murdered as they were ambushed on the way home in Afghanistan in 2014.

Lock has held up a mirror to Australian culture and questioned some of the values that we so easily hold close, effectively asking me as a reader if I am more shaped by my surroundings than my faith.
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What a great book!
4 stars By Ros Phillips, Sep 13 2016
I've just finished reading "I'd rather be blind" - what a great book!  
"Shoot me first" was magnificent, but this one could even beat it.
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  • Catalogue Code 460627
  • Product Code 9780980526479
  • ISBN 0980526477
  • EAN 9780980526479
  • Pages 272
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Broad Continent
  • Publication Date Jul 2016
  • Sales Rank #92616
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.392kg

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