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The Power of the Powerless: A Brother's Legacy of Love (Crossroad Book) Paperback – April 1, 2002
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When de Vinck's appreciation of his handicapped brother Oliver appeared in the Wall Street Journal, it resonated across America. His book describes the widespread response to the articlefrom the White House to families of handicapped persons. Although Oliver might have been considered a "vegetable" by some, de Vinck vividly conveys the enormous impact his brain-damaged brother had on him and his family during his 32 years of life. Included also are stories of three other families also enriched by similarly handicapped children. Particularly affecting is the eulogy for Oliver given by a Catholic priest, a friend of the family. De Vinck, who teaches at a New Jersey high school, offers inspiration and support in facing the mystery of human suffering.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Author
Christopher de Vinck is the award-winning author of Simple Wonders, The Power of the Powerless, Only the Heart Knows How to Find Them, Songs of Innocence and Experience, and Augusta and Trab. He is a regular feature writer in Readers Digest, Guideposts, and the New York Times. He lives with his wife, Roe, and their three children, David, Karen, and Michael, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It is first a story of personalization: these typical American families were scarcely cognizant of the weak, handicapped, and needy in the world until they were unexpectedly thrust (through all variety of accidents and medical situations) into the thick of caring for them. Then it becomes a story of unlocking the love & compassion within all of us. Of revealing who we are, and who we can become. As one contributor in the book put it, "I, like my Father, could have been a shallow, hard, demanding, domineeering person. We could have been impervious to people's hurts and pains, but Paul brought a dimension into my father's life, into my life, which has given us an extraordinary balance." This is one of those books with lifechanging potential that will put everything back into perspective.
home with my Mother, Father, Younger Brother, and Me. We provided Love, Care, and Comfort for him for 19 Years until
his Death at age 19. The Book is My LIfe, too. I try to give this book to Others at Christmas Time because the message is
so powerful........ Love and Hope Eternal for our Loved Ones. My Brother is still Triumphant To Me.