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Christopher de Vinck is a teacher and the author of eleven books and numerous articles and essays for publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Reader's Digest. He delivers speeches on faith, disabilities, fatherhood, and writing, and has been invited to speak at the Vatican. He is the father of three and lives in New Jersey with his wife. His essays on everyday life have been published in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The National Catholic Reporter, and used in high school and college textbooks as samples of good writing. He has won two Christopher Awards, which celebrates authors whose work looks at the 'highest values of the human spirit'. His essays have been selected three times for 'Best Column' by the National Catholic Press Association. His essay The Power of the Powerless praised by, among many others President Ronald Reagan, was selected by Christianity Today as one of the ten 'Best Biographies and/or Autobiographies' of this past century, which also included the works of C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, and Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn.
A deeply touching novel about two young women whose differences, which once united them, will tear them apart forever, during Hitler's Nazi occupation of Belgium and France. Based on true events. For fans of All The Light We Cannot See and Tattooist of Auschwitz. Belgium, July 1939: Simone Lyon is the daughter of a Belgium national hero, the famous General Joseph Lyon. Her best friend Hava Daniels, is the eldest daughter of a devout Jewish family. Despite growing up in different worlds, they are inseparable. But when, in the spring of 1940, Nazi planes and tanks begin bombing Brussels, their resilience and strength are tested. Hava and Simone find themselves caught in the advancing onslaught and are forced to flee. In an emotionally-charged race for survival, even the most harrowing horrors cannot break their bonds of love and friendship. The two teenage girls, will see their innocence fall, against the ugly backdrop of a war dictating that theirs was a friendship that should never have been.
Moments of Grace: Days of a Faith-Filled Dreamer is a book of insight and wisdom written by one of the country's best essayists, and provides a much needed balance to the daily bombardment of war, bank and real estate corruption, and the loss of American innocence. Politicians are infusing stimulus packages into our banks, into our schools and into our job markets because our greed has made us economically bankrupt. Many people are in economic distress as well as spiritual distress. Church attendance is down across the country. Church authority and wisdom are being eroded. Readers will find inspiration and hope in this accessible book that one can pick up and read during a free moment. It will strike a chord in these difficult times. It is: --A collection of essays about the American dream, from a writer who has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, the New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter, Reader's Digest --A book about how things once were: Halloween, Christmas, summers, fatherhood, children, baseball --A reminder about how lovely things could be in a gloomy world.