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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 thoughtful, stirring, and compassionate historical novel set during World War Two. Simone, the daughter of a Belgian First World War hero is best friends with Hava from a devout Jewish family, together they flee the advancing Nazi army in 1940. Inspired by the experiences of the author’s family members in Belgium, this is essentially a tale of what should be an uncomplicated friendship sitting within one of the most complex and horrifying times in world history. Author Christopher de Vinck introduced the reasons behind this book before Simone’s prologue slammed into my contemplations. Each chapter epigraph includes excerpts and memories that really do spread chills. It is interesting to note that those unattributed are from the author’s grandfather who was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery and was in the Belgian Resistance before being captured. Christopher de Vinck brings the girls to vibrant life by noting the small things that make each of us unique. He doesn’t sit in judgement, he releases the horror and emotion of the full story, with lost innocence spearing awareness and encouraging my own thoughts to form. Ashes (what a penetrating title that is), is a provocative read and yet also full of love.
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.