The author addresses an audience at the Library of Congress in Washington DC
Martin behind the podium


It could be said the audience for Out of the Whirlpool is the entire world. But the book has some special gems for those who work in the profession of blind rehab.

Sue W. Martin tried to kill herself when she was twenty-six years old. Martin has been living with the consequences of that desperate act for over thirty years.

A book that begins with the author placing a loaded gun to her head and pulling the trigger. Waking up blind. Sounds depressing.

Except it isn’t.

Out of the Whirlpool is a book about putting life back together from the ashes of a life gone, apparently, all wrong.

After the thrilling foxhunt in the first chapter the reader experiences, up close and personal, what suicidal depression feels like. When the dust settles the author is forced to deal with blindness. In those early days Martin didn’t see how she could go on. But she did go on. Sometimes haltingly, just putting one foot in front of the other. Each step a struggle yet each step taking her closer to being a whole person.


“I could not put this book down! On one hand it is the best book ever written in the genre of blindness literature. At its most basic level it tells the story of how someone goes about learning the skills it takes to live in the world as a person who is blind. It does that better than anyone has done it before. Beyond that the book is a story for every person who has ever struggled or who is struggling to know that in the face of the most difficult challenges there is hope.”


“You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, and when you’re done, you’ll know that you have witnessed the miracle of someone not only overcoming adversity, but thriving despite it.”


“If even one person hears Sue’s message, can reach out for help and hold on for dear life, rather than ending it, this book will be priceless.”


From: “What People Are Saying”


A Resource for the Newly Blind and Blind Rehab Professionals

“Your book is getting better as I go along. I see this book becoming an excellent guide for a newly blind person. You did a great job of presenting the rehab skills the way they should be learned and applied. That, along with the personal adjustment to life as a blind person is very graphic and real.

It is like the reader is blind going through each experience. Even for someone like myself with vast blind rehab experience it gives light to how a newly blind person deals with each hurdle.”

–Stevo Ernst, Retired

Supervisor, Low Vision Training Section, Southeastern Blind Rehab Center, United States Department of Veterans Affairs


Didn’t know if I was going to cry or laugh or just be contented

“And now as I sit here in front of the keyboard, I struggle – I can’t seem to find the words that truly convey just how powerful your story really is.

So, I picked up your book on a Thursday night, hesitating at the time because I didn’t think that I could fully commit to reading all of it. When I got to the end of chapter one, there was no turning back. Immediately captivated, I couldn’t stop reading.

Over the next two-and-a-half days, I selfishly only put your book down for necessities – you know, like feeding and caring for that pesky family of mine. Admittedly, I wasn’t going to win mother of the year award (or wife of the year for that matter) that weekend! I was so intrigued – I curiously didn’t know if I was going to cry, or laugh, or just feel contented as each chapter began and ended.

I felt right there alongside you through every step. After I finished the book, I was in this funky state of mind…like when you read a really good book, you become so much a part of it, that when it ends, you’re like, “wait a minute…what just happened…” I find myself reflecting back on certain chapters and stories often. You gave so much of yourself, and with that honesty and courage, you gave us all a gift. Jim’s a lucky man

– and after reading all about him, I suppose he’s a keeper, too! You guys pretty much rock!”


– Pauline Damery

Trade Show Manager, Freedom Scientific, Inc.