The Power of the Powerless: A Brother's Legacy of Love

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The Crossroad Publishing Company, Apr 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
Christopher De Vinck's moving account of his life with his brother made a deep impression on the hearts and minds of Americans. Due to a tragedy at birth, Oliver de Vinck was born severely handicapped—blind, mute, crippled, helpless. Despite the doctors' bleak prognosis, his loving parents took him home, where they and their children cared for him. He lived for thirty-three years.

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This was an amazing book. Christopher de Vinck brought all of the little stories together and turned them into one huge powerful story. I would definitely re-read this wonderful book. Read full review

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One of my favorite books! De Vinck writes this book to share the story of his brother, Oliver, who is severely disabled but enriched his and his families life in so many way. He couldn't move, drink, eat, or see, but as powerless as he seemed, Oliver taught De Vinck all about love and family. It is very sad at times, but the message is wonderful and could be used in a high school classroom.  


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CHRISTOPHER DE VINCK has been a high school English teacher and administrator for twenty-five years. He has written many book including Finding Heaven and The Power of the Powerless, and his writings have appeared in such publications as the the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, and the Catholic Digest. In addition, he speaks at many large conferences and retreats throughout the year. Christopher and his wife, Rosemary, have three children and live in New Jersey.

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996) is the author of "Reaching Out", "The Wounded Healer", "Making All Things New", and many other spiritual classics. He taught psychology and pastoral theology at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard universities before becoming senior pastor of L'Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with intellectual disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another.

The late FRED ROGERS was the host of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood", one of the most popular children's programs in history, broadcast throughout the country on PBS.