Only the Heart Knows How To Find Them: Precious Memories for a Faithless Time

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Previously published in Reader's Digest, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, de Vinck's essays have attracted fans from Madeleine L'Engle to Jim Trelease. Only the Heart Knows How to Find Them is a compilation of de Vinck's musings on the ebb and flow of doubt and faith that underlie our daily lives.

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Treacly boluses of inspiration, some previously published in Reader's Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. De Vinck, who teaches high-school English in New Jersey, offers essays of one to five pages with titles such as ``Illuminations,'' ``A Daughter's Question,'' and ``Children Know Best.'' Although the book is divided into sections--''Childhood,'' ``Adolescence,'' ``Family,'' ``Career,'' and so on--de Vinck says in his introduction that it's ``really'' about the voices of his mother and father and ``the extraordinary whistling sound [of the wind] as it rushed past the weather stripping of the front door.'' De Vinck's subtext is that adults are essentially corrupt and children are innocence and light, therefore closer to God--an idealized view of childhood that has children gathering flowers, discovering lizards in the pond, and dressing up in clothes found in the attic: There is no sickness, no rage or shame, no bad parents. De Vinck calls up Yeats, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Dickens, Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, Goethe, and others- -curiously, without quoting--perhaps to show that his saccharine sagas are grounded in great literature. He informs us that ``The moon is one of the saddest objects in the sky...''; that ``We all [need] something that is rooted in memory, in desire, and in loneliness...''; and that ``A green smile-face card is on the refrigerator.'' Readers looking for the wonders of childhood will have better luck with Blake, Twain, or Erik Erikson. Somewhere, Mary Poppins is gagging. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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This book brings together over 40 of De Vinck's ( The Power of the Powerless , Doubleday, 1987) previously published essays. Each is brief, usually two or three pages, and easily read. However, they should be read individually over time, and savored. De Vinck has the knack of taking the ordinary occurrences of life and showing how they reveal what is really important. He reflects on childhood, family, growing up, marriage, and commitment. The essays might best be characterized as meditations on life's depth and meaning. Highly recommended as balancing doses to our otherwise hectic lives.
-John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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