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Only the Heart Knows How to Find Them: Precious Memories for a Faithless Time Hardcover – September 10, 1991

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In The Power of the Powerless , De Vinck recalled the circle of family love that enclosed a profoundly handicapped sibling. In this collection of memories of ordinary daily life with and without family and friends, he suggests, "We do not have to place ourselves at the peak of a mountain to embrace the world." With a quiet, poetic wisdom that derives from the experiences of childhood, family, marriage, career and loneliness, and that will resonate for many, De Vinck observes the world not as chaotic, but rather as the field for daily clashes between the forces of doubt and faith. The sentiment of these mini-essays reprinted from the Reader's Digest and other journals fills a prescription for the healing of hurts.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book brings together over 40 of De Vinck's ( The Power of the Powerless , Doubleday, 1987) previously published essays. Each is brief, usually two or three pages, and easily read. However, they should be read individually over time, and savored. De Vinck has the knack of taking the ordinary occurrences of life and showing how they reveal what is really important. He reflects on childhood, family, growing up, marriage, and commitment. The essays might best be characterized as meditations on life's depth and meaning. Highly recommended as balancing doses to our otherwise hectic lives.
-John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st edition (September 10, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670838764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670838769
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I could not disagree more with the cynical, pseudo-intellectual author of the Kirkus Review of this wonderful book. OF COURSE Mr. De Vinck's essays do not "accurately" depict the harsher realities of childhood -- that is not his objective. The essays read more like fairy tales for adults, spun out of the simple stuff of everyday life -- the small, insignificant events that each of us, no matter how dreadful our childhoods were, still remember and from which we can gain strength and understanding as adults. This book will always have a prominent place on my bookshelf, and I find myself turning to it again and again, whenever I need to be reminded of the important things in life. I highly recommend it, as well as Mr. De Vinck's other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FH on March 25, 2012
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I used to believe that one needed to see beauty by vision alone. However, through written words, I can see that it might be necessary to have a guide. I now find myself noticing God's wonders in new ways. I notice things that I might have missed, yet by the author's insights I find myself in awe by what I oftened ignored. A wonderful read for its beauty of words and its instruction to see all that is around us in new ways.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on August 3, 2009
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Chris de Vinck, a teacher, reflects of various periods in his life. The chapter headings clue the reader in to the essay topics (childhood, adolescence, marriage, family, career, loneliness, looking back). I particularly liked the short piece called Gathering the Flames of Spring. In it, he remembers quite vividly picking daffodils as a young boy. I read it to my family memory writing group as an example of using all the senses to bring a memory alive.
The pieces are short and quickly read. They deal with relationships, dreams, watching the Canadian geese fly overhead, injustices, and love. The subtitle of the book makes one think it is religious in nature, but there's no overt references to religion.
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