Seeing is More than Believing

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by Mary Hamilton

Did you know that if you’re deprived of sight when very young, you lose more than your ability to see? A child learns depth perception by reaching for things he sees, crawling, climbing, and yes, falling. For most of us, this happens organically as we grow and our brain develops. It takes place at a definite period of our development, but once past that period, the brain loses its ability to learn how to distinguish distance and depth even if sight is restored.

For someone who regains their sight (usually through a corneal transplant) after being blinded as a child, colors may also provide a challenge. Imagine seeing the color blue for the first time. But navy blue is very different from baby blue, and both are different from royal blue. Or how can a woman with yellow hair, a child with almost white hair, and a dog with honey-gold hair all be blond?

Recognizing faces can also pose a problem for someone who never learned to identify loved ones by facial characteristics. And the expressions that tell us how someone feels have no meaning for one who has never learned to associate the emotion with the facial expression. Even differentiating between genders can be difficult if you’ve never had the opportunity to learn the social cues that distinguish men from women.

Steven Miller, main character in my YA novel, See No Evil, lost his sight when he was very young. Throughout the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series, he’s the upbeat, confident and able camper. But when I considered giving him a corneal transplant for his starring role in the third book, I discovered there were definite issues he’d need to overcome. While such a story would make for fascinating reading, I decided to keep him blind.

But how can a blind teenager struggle with pornography? Find out in See No Evil, Book 3 Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series.

See No Evil


Steven Miller guards a dark secret.

Dad drilled into Steven that blindness should never be used as an excuse. So when Steven, 17, finds an old triathlon medallion among Dad’s belongings, he’s inspired to follow in his footsteps. Maybe it’ll quiet the guilt he’s carried since Dad’s death three years ago.

In his final summer at Rustic Knoll, Steven enlists his buddy, Dillon, to help him train for a triathlon. But a serious illness has kept Rustic Knoll’s beloved Nurse Willie from managing her clinic. When Steven teams up with his friend, Claire, to encourage Willie’s recovery, his feelings for Claire grow beyond friendship.

Dillon’s attraction to Claire complicates matters. He sees nothing wrong with receiving sext messages from a girl back home. But when he shows an interest in Claire, Steven feels compelled to protect her while urging Dillon to resist the pull of pornography.

Can Steven keep his friend from falling into the trap of pornography without exposing his own shameful past?


Author bio:

Mary HamiltomAward-winning author Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a youth camp in Wisconsin, much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. Her experiences during twenty years of living at the camp, as well as people she knew there, inspired many of the events and situations in her novels. Mary is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Christian Authors Network (CAN), and Texas Association of Authors (TAA). When not writing, she enjoys a little amateur  photography, knitting, reading, and spending time with her family. Mary and her husband live in Texas.

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