The Power of the Powerless

I wish I could buy everyone I know a copy of this book for Christmas.

Aside from the Bible, it has been a great source of inspiration for my husband and me ever since N was diagnosed.

In The Power of the Powerless Christopher DeVinck tells the story of his brother Oliver. Oliver was blind, mute, and “didn’t have the strength to life his head or the intelligence to learn anything.” Yet he had the power to move people to action and love unlike most men. This book is based off an article Chris published in The Wall Street Journal in 1985. It was so profound, he got calls from numerous people of importance including the president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, at that time.

You can read the reprint of that article here.

One of the most beautiful things about Chris’s story – Oliver’s story really – is how he broke down barriers between men and revealed that which is truly important. Love. He taught others how to truly love.

“but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.” – 1 Corinthians 1: 27

My book, Beauty in Broken Dreams: A Hopeful Handbook for the Early Years as a Special Needs Parent, is now available on Amazon!

Also be sure to check out my list of Favorite Books on Disability!


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