There are currently 23 reviews on Amazon with an average of ★★★★½.

Highly Recommended
By Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer

… a book so bulging in humor, determination to deal with a disability, insights, and a flag raised to the indomitable human spirit that it will change you. And after reading this book, take some time and watch some videos on Steven’s fine website. Steven Mailkowski makes a dent in our complacent psyche and offers a strong reminder of what life means and how wondrously ‘rich and strange’ it can be. Highly Recommended.

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 Demonstrates a degree of resilience, hope and humor that is amazing
By John H. Manhold, Former Professor & Psychologist

The entire tale is absorbing and is set forth in an intriguingly light ‘up-beat’ manner that glosses over the devastating effect that the sightless person must experience and avoids much of the ‘downside’ per se and the more obnoxious individuals who no doubt are encountered. Instead it focuses on the statement: “There are a lot of things you can do in a bad situation; try to choose something that doesn’t make it worse.” It concentrates on the tremendous strength, fortitude and humor exhibited by the affected individuals.

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★★★★½ Will lift your spirits, make you laugh, and leave you with a new perspective
Self-Publishing Review

There are equal parts wisdom, storytelling, humor and tragedy in these pages, and even non-disabled readers will be uplifted by the story. Mike’s attitude towards his challenge is something that everyone should adopt. Whether or not you or someone you know suffers with a disability, Walking Out of the Dark will lift your spirits, make you laugh, and leave you with a new perspective on the indomitable human spirit by the final page.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Facing life with declining sight, Mike has to re-evaluate his goals. He begins attending a school for blind adults. There he meets people like him and learns some sobering lessons about his future. But he also finds love, adventure, and hope.

Full of humor and emotion, this story gives us a hero to root for. Mike understands his new limitations, but he strives to find a way around them. Granted, not without a few bumps in the road. But he handles them with grace and flashes of humor. You can’t help but like the guy.

There are some great peripheral characters. Ones that capture your heart and tickle your funny bone. It’s a nice reminder of the roller coaster of emotions that is life.

If you are looking for a book with emotional payouts and endearing wit, check this one out.

Note: I served as a proofreader for this book through Indie Books Gone Wild. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

5-stars humorous dialogue in this lovely story about brotherhood and hope, bravery and ordinary people

By jeff radke on February 13, 2016

Format: Paperback

I enjoyed the humorous dialogue in this lovely story about brotherhood and hope, bravery and ordinary people getting through those bad things in life, and from an outsider their actions can appear so extraordinary. The book is an easy read. It’s story is meaningful. There is an underlying truth to all of it. What better thing is there to read on a cold February day?

“[This brave man’s] adventures and jokes help many people work through bad luck, not just blind folks,” it says. I can easily see that the storyteller is not only trying to help families who are dealing with blindness. He is offering an outlook on life that turns tragedy on its head and might just as well be applied to the everyday hardships we often experience in life.

But still, imagine skiing blind! Cooking while blind! Meeting a girl when you are blind. What a story this is!

5-stars A Fun, Interesting and Inspiring Book!
By poohbear on May 16, 2016

Format: Paperback

I very much enjoyed reading this book and found myself more engrossed the further I got into it. The final chapter bringing clarity to me as the reader in the way the author wrapped it all up interestingly at the end.

In addition to the main character, Mike, I found each and every one after him memorable; even after I finished reading the book – they simply stayed with me.

The book, at first glance, may appear to be depressing; as it is about someone losing their sight and living with others in similar circumstances – IT IS NOT! I found it fun, interesting and inspiring!

I have and will continue to recommend this book to others!

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