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Finding Joy After Shooting Left Him Blind: Bill Johnson (ep. 362)

Bill Johnson

John O’Leary welcomes neighbor and friend Bill Johnson to the Live Inspired Podcast on finding joy, acceptance and community after a shooting left him blind.

Thirty years ago, Bill Johnson was walking to an Atlanta subway station with two colleagues when his world went dark. A bullet entered one temple and exited the other, leaving him permanently blind.

With optimism, honesty + joy, Bill shares his extraordinary journey of learning to navigate in a new, dark world. Hear Bill share how he began to:

  • accept his new reality
  • embrace new ways of doing things
  • and find wholeness and healing in the midst of struggle

Get a copy of Bill Johnson’s Snow Blind here.

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If you enjoyed hearing about Bill’s resilience… You’re going to love professional barrel racer Amberley Snyder’s story. After a devastating accident left her unable to walk, she was determined to get back on the saddle. Be inspired by Amberley’s strength, faith and ability to turn tragedy into triumph Listen now.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Willingness to learn.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. A device called a Victor Reader Stream which is a digital book reader.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. My boss Tony who was killed.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. Don't worry about what other people think.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Be challenged with getting an education in a field that interests me the most.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. I gave life 100 percent.