When I first watched this film, I had no preconceptions. I did not 'know' that the 'book' was the Bible... and I did not know Eli was blind. Perhaps that eventual 'understanding' has influenced my opinion of this film. It is one of my absolute favorites. Your review is excellent. There are also so many other key threads. Eli is blind without his faith. We see a metaphor for evangelism that is better than our tract-giving condemnation. Anyway, thanks, sir for this review.