The Power of the Powerless

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The Power of the Powerless

A Brother's Legacy of Love

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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“I am touched by your essay about growing up with Oliver. How remarkable that this person who lacked the intelligence to learn anything," nevertheless managed to teach many people! In the midst of this sometimes hectic life, his story gives me pause to be grateful for the good health and close relationship of our family. Thank you for that reminder."
First Lady Laura Bush

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“How blessed are you and your family to have had the privilege of the presence of Oliver in your home. Like so many others, I have been deeply touched by the story of your beloved brother. The unselfish and steadfast love showered on Oliver by you and your family is a powerful witness to the sacredness and dignity of human life.”
John Cardinal O’Connor

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“We sometimes fall into the habit of thinking that the weakest among us, like your brother, Oliver, are a burden we must socially bear. But you show that they can teach us the deepest lessons of love.”
President Ronald Reagan

9780824519742
Paperback / 176 pages
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
CROSSROAD, 2002