As I See It: My View from the Inside Out

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 4, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 191 pages
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An inspirational memoir of a man's rich life experiences without sight, but with an enormous sense of wonder in the world around him.

Bestselling author Tom Sullivan explores life without sight and finds it rich and rewarding. In fact, he’s gleaned a number of gifts from his “affliction,” including:

• I’ve never assessed my relationship with people according to the limits of labels or assumption.

• I’ve enjoyed a world of senses available to all of us but almost never explored by the majority of those with sight.

• I’ve made challenge my road to limitless opportunity.

• I’ve cultivated a clear sense of my own purpose.

• I’ve learned to be passionate, celebrating my own uniqueness through the expression of that passion.

• I’ve found a powerful faith that has become my foundation for living.

• I’ve learned to love unconditionally through the interdependent relationship I share with my wife, Patty, and my children.

Through insightful stories and emotive writing, Tom describes a life of fullness, not lack, as he’s made blindness a positive. For Tom Sullivan—author, actor, athlete, singer, entertainer, and producer—a life with blindness has been a life with very few true limits. In this elegant exploration of the senses, he considers the different challenges he’s faced and explains the wonder he carries because, not in spite, of his blindness.

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 . . . I realize that my way of looking at the world is unique and, yes, special. I’m sure that in God’s essential plan I was chosen to be blind, and after many years of struggle I’ve come to terms with that remarkable truth.

Along my journey I have learned much that I hope to pass on to you, but for now here’s what I want you to understand: blindness is the best thing that has ever happened to Tom Sullivan. Would I like to be able to see? Certainly; to see the beauty of nature in all of its forms, the faces of the people I love, and the myriad colors of a sunset. I’d love to play center field for the Red Sox or catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady and the Patriots. But I have not only become content with my lot, I now celebrate my own uniqueness with closed eyes but a completely open soul. The joy in writing this book is in my knowing that even though I quite likely will never see as you do, I might just be able to change your perceptions and broaden the possibilities for your own appreciation for the grace God has provided us with and the life we’re so blessed to live. So, take a look—as I see it—inside out, rather than outside in.

—Tom Sullivan, from the Prologue
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
In the Minds Eye
9
Our Common Senses
17
Labels
25
Beauty
35
A Life of Interdependence
43
Turning Points
55
Pride
65
Turning Disadvantage into Advantage
111
HandiCapable
121
The Man in the Mirror
129
Heres Looking at You
139
Faith
149
Challenge The Gateway to Opportunity
157
The It Factor
165
Vision Statement
175

People
73
Purpose
95
Passion
103
Epilogue 183
185
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About the author (2012)

Tom Sullivan is an actor, singer, entertainer, author, and producer. Tom's guest stints on television led to two Emmy nominations.  A major motion picture was made of his life based on his autobiography, If You Could See What I Hear. Tom is now writing and producing for television and film and is an in-demand speaker. He is the author of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books.

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