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Book Review: Life without Limits, by Nick Vujicic

  • Nick Vujicic
  • Doubleday Religion
  • October 2010
  • 256 pp.

Nick Vujicic has an incredible testimony–he was born with no arms and no legs, and he wholeheartedly believes God has a purpose for the way he was made. I was excited to read this book, because I wanted to hear Nick’s story–to walk with him through his childhood, into his adolescent years, and up to his present life as a world-traveling speaker.

Unfortunately, Nick’s story was told thematically, and it was intermixed with large portions of reader-directed inspirational speaking. After a few chapters, I felt pretty frustrated by this–I just wanted Nick’s story, which on its own would have provided me with boatloads of inspiration. I enjoy biographies of amazing men like Nick, and I assumed that’s what I was going to get. Instead, I mostly got Nick’s message, illustrated with Nick’s story.

Nick’s message is extremely positive. Yet, I often found myself wonderful how much of it was derived from God’s Word and how much of it came from other motivational speakers that Nick has heard or befriended. Along with Nick, I believe God has made him perfectly for the purpose he has for him, and I believe Nick will continue to impact folks for as long as he lives. However, from the book I sensed a message that is still in the focusing stages–it seemed at times to jump from place to place, at times to cover ground I’ve heard other motivational speakers cover, and at times to repeat points made in various other places in the book.

I have a hard time saying any of that, because I love Nick Vujicic! I haven’t met him, but from his words, from his YouTube videos, and from the heart that jumps out of every page and clip, I believe Nick is thrilled to try to reach the people God has placed in front of him with a message of God’s love for everyone, of God’s eyes that see not as man sees, and of the value of every human being as an image-bearer of God. However, it would be awesome to see Nick hone in on a message that was more Cross-/Gospel-centered and less us-centered/ambiguous.

Again, please don’t misread me–awesome guy, awesome heart for the Lord and for his creation, but I think he’s still developing the message God has given him. I’ll be thrilled to read Nick’s biography when it comes out!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at TeachingtheCore.com. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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