For the last week of Lent, Toronto area broadcaster Drew Marshall decided to give up his sight. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, Drew placed specially made contact lenses over his eyes which prevented him from seeing anything. As you can imagine, he’s been asked many times… “Why?”
“Aside from having great admiration for the visually impaired, I’ve often thought that being an overly visual North American male has meant that Ive missed out on the more subtle movements of God. My sight has always gotten in the way of my spiritual growth, because of issues with either trust or lust. So maybe… just maybe, with the absence of sight might come a more attuned sense of the quiet whispers of the Holy? Being blind for an entire week was by far one of the most mind blowing experiences I’ve ever had.”
Be sure to listen to our Saturday April 18th show on our listen page as Drew debriefs about his blind experience with… Grammy Award Winners, The Blind Boys of Alabama – Christie Healey, Widow of Juno Award Winner, Jeff Healey – Hollywood Actor & Author, Tom Sullivan. (If anyone knows Stevie Wonder, could you tell him that we’d love to interview him someday as well?)
REFLECTIONS – Easter Sunrise
The Drew Marshall Show ran for 16 years but came to an end on June 29th 2019.
However, Drew has decided to leave the interview archives online and available for you.
*Should you wish to reach out to Drew directly, please use the contact page. It might take a while for him to respond though, as he now lives on a farm and is no longer addicted to technology. (Which is a good thing as he's trying to write a stupid book and gets distracted easi - SQUIRREL!)
DREW WHO? Since 2003, Drew Marshall has talked to everyone about whatever it is they believe, in a very light-hearted manner and with absolutely zero agenda, aside from a genuine personal curiosity to understand “belief”. Drew was adopted, grew up in a funeral home, survived a teenage suicide attempt, dropped out of school in Grade 9, ran away to California to be a wrangler, played semi-pro football with NFL/CFL tryouts, drove around North America volunteering for charities, tried to be a firefighter & a rodeo cowboy, was a stay at home dad, has worked a little in film and TV, became a Pastor in Australia and studied stand-up comedy & improv at Second City Toronto. These days he’s a hospital chaplain and hosts Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show. He’s interviewed hundreds of celebrities & cultural icons about their beliefs or lack thereof. Struggling with his own faith, Drew sacrificed his eyesight for the last week of Lent, paid non-believers to go to church, drank with witches, celebrated with Wiccans, visited with Satanists, walked 1000 KM’s on the Camino de Santiago, then spent time writing in a monastery on an island off the coast of the Western Sahara during a three month vow of silence. Basically, he’s “Red Letter”, wandering, autodidactic iconoclast with agnostic tendencies and a microphone - a skeptical believer on an irreverent search for the sacred!
CAUTION: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU ARE 100% CERTAIN ABOUT YOUR BELIEFS