Power of the Powerless by Christopher De Vinck
“If you have ever wondered why God allows people to be born with handicaps of any type, read this book. Oliver was born blind, mute, physically and mentally handicapped, yet his life had a greater impact on more people than many of us who are “normal” can ever hope to have. This book reminds us of the value of life and is very inspiring. I found it most touching that Ronald Reagan wrote to Mr. DeVinck about the power of his powerless brother and now former President Reagan is also one of the powerless due to Alzheimer’s. I would highly recommend that you read this book.”
Book review left by Annie “grannieannie” on Amazon.com.
Available from Kalahari in Softcover
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the witty, gregarious editor of French “Elle”, suffered a stroke that left him totally paralyzed, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. By doing so, he was able to compose this book–at once a record of appalling suffering and a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but NO ONE knows it.
Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can’t. She can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write.
Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
The Author Sharon Draper, answers some questions about her book on her website.
My Left Foot by Christy Brown
Christy Brown was born a victim of cerebral palsy. But the hapless, lolling baby concealed the brilliantly imaginative and sensitive mind of a writer who would take his place among the giants of Irish literature. This is Christy Brown’s own story. He recounts his childhood struggle to learn to read, write, paint and finally type, with the toe of his left foot. In this manner he wrote his bestseller, Down all the Days.
I Am In Here – Elizabeth M. Bonker and Virginia G. Breen
Though she cannot speak, Elizabeth Bonker writes poetry that shines a light on the hidden inner world of autism and the world around us. I Am in Here is the spiritual journey of a mother and daughter who refuse to give up hope, who celebrate their victories, and who keep moving forward despite the obstacles. Elizabeth’s poetry and her mother’s stirring storytelling combine in this inspirational book to proclaim that there is always a reason to take the next step–with hope.
Ghost Boy – The story of my locked-in life
In January 1988, aged twelve, Martin Pistorius fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating; then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound.
Through Martin’s story we can know what it is like to be here and yet not here – unable to communicate yet feeling and understanding everything. Martin’s emergence from his darkness enables us to celebrate the human spirit and is a wake-up call to cherish our own lives.
Down all the Days by Christy Brown
Written 13 years after his first autobiography, “My Left Foot”, this is an autobiographical novel, set in Dublin during the ’40s and ’50s. The author, who died in 1981, was born with cerebral palsy and for the first six years of his life could not walk, talk nor control any of his limbs.
Available from Kalahari.com in Softcover.
Devoted – The story of a Father’s Love for his Son
Born a spastic quadriplegic, Rick Hoyt was written off by doctors. They advised his parents to put him in an institution. His parents refused. Fighting to give their son every opportunity that “normal” kids get, Rick’s mother helped to pass a landmark bill that enabled Rick and other physically handicapped kids to attend public school. With the help of a brilliant device—the Hope Machine—Rick was able to use a headswitch to communicate with others.
But one day their lives changed forever as Rick asked his dad to enter a charity race and push his wheelchair to the finish line. More than one thousand races later, at sixty-nine years old, Dick Hoyt continues to push his son’s wheelchair. From the Boston Marathon, which holds a special place in the Hoyts’ hearts to Ironman triathlons, Dick and Rick continue to celebrate a truly special bond between father and son and live their lives by the motto, “Yes, you can.”
Adam – Starring Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy
Romance can be risky, perplexing and filled with the perils of miscommunication – and that’s if you aren’t ‘Adam,’ for whom life itself is this way, as he suffers from Asperger syndrome.
In this heartfelt romantic comedy, Hugh Dancy stars as Adam, a handsome but intriguing young man who has all his life led a sheltered existence – until he meets his new neighbour, Beth (Rose Byrne), a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world, with funny, touching and entirely unexpected results.
Their implausible and enigmatic relationship reveals just how far two people from different realities can stretch in search of an extraordinary connection.
Available from Kalahari.com in DVD.