John Furniss has told the story about his life, which has included bouts of chronic illness and depression, drug addiction, financial despair, the loss of his sight following a failed suicide attempt at the age of 16, a loving marriage, and a fulfilling career as a renowned woodworker, to audiences many times, especially during the past few years.
It’s a sometimes dark but ultimately uplifting tale, filled with optimism and hope. The Washougal resident regularly receives emails and social media messages and letters from people who claim that his stories have saved their lives.
“It’s hard to put into words,” Furniss said. “It makes me feel really, really good that I can help them through their pain. It’s amazing that I’m able to help people like that. I truly feel like I’m supposed to be blind. This is who I’m supposed to be to do what I’m supposed to do.”
Now, that story is set to be distributed to the masses in book form. “The Blind Woodsman: One Man’s Journey to Find His Purpose on the Other Side of Darkness,” co-authored by Furniss and his wife Anni, will be released on Tuesday, March 19, in paperback and e-reader formats.
“I’m very proud of it,” Anni said. “I learned some things about John that I didn’t know before. I feel like (the writing process) bonded us together because I learned more about him, and I’m also really proud of the growth that he made during that time.”