Part 1 of a 3 part series. In this article, Paul Tripp argues that good data gathering has “eye opening” effects, helping unmask areas of spiritual blindness in those counseled. Tripp unpacks 10 typical “masks” that people wear, ways of looking at life that blind people to what is really going on. He argues that it is vital to remember the profound effect that spiritual blindness has on every sinner and his view of life. Our data gathering needs to be motivated by the counselee’s need to see. Tripp concludes his article discussing the various masks of spiritual blindness. Part 1 is in JBC 14:2, Part 2 in JBC 14:3 and Part 3 in JBC 15:1.