Limitless: Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life
My wife and I have been using Nick's book for devotions.I find "Limitless" to be thought provoking and challenging.I have read Nick's story and am impressed with his commitment despite the huge handicap that he faces.
His ability to be transparent is encouraging to all of us to be transparent . His approach is Biblical however I am concerned with some "possibility thinking".
I appreciate his burden for evangelism and his sharing Christ as each opportunity affords itself.
I recommend the book "Limitless" for a devotional but also for an encouraging read.
July 9, 2013
Life In Christ Is Limitless!
I collect devotionals and I'm very pleased to add this one to my collection! I always love and admire Nick Vujicic and how he uses his life for God's glory and His kingdom. Nick's life is truly a beautiful testimony of God's power and faithfulness. From the introduction, Nick clarifies about the title of this book, "I do want to comment on the title, Limitless, which refers not to my abilities or your abilities but to God's limitless love and power." There are 50 devotions in the book. Each one starts with Scriptures and ends with "Limitless Life" which includes main takeaway points. Nick is honest with his struggles including depression and a suicide attempt. He shares what God has done in, through, and for him and some other people who have overcome obstacles and have made a difference in the world (I especially like what Nick shares from his visit with Billy Graham). Each devotion is short but packed with encouragement and hope, wisdom and insights! Nick encourages readers to put faith in action and to really see that indeed, nothing is impossible with God. Our God is limitless! His message aims to help readers embrace faith, hope, servanthood, positive attitudes, courage, resilience, adaptability, healthy self-esteem, goal-setting, wise decision-making, and eternal perspective. I really enjoyed reading this devotional and highly recommend it! Ridiculously inspirational :)!
~I received a free copy of this book via Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
July 5, 2013
Worth the read, but with caution
Ã¢ÂÂIf God can take someone like me, someone without arms and legs, and use me as His hands and feet, He can use anybody.Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ Nick Vujicic
Nick Vujicic is a remarkable individual. He was born without limbs in a world where that expects you to be fully functional and is often unwilling to make adjustments for those who arenÃ¢ÂÂt. Through many failures, through many doubts, Nick has come out on the other side of his disability thanking God for his disability. It has given him the opportunity to prove that our limitations are often self-imposed and even the ones that arenÃ¢ÂÂt can still be overcome. Nick has often said that you canÃ¢ÂÂt argue with his life. After reading this book and watching some of his videos; I believe thatÃ¢ÂÂs true.
Why does the book exist?
This book is a collection of 50 short devotionals using scripture and his own experience to motivate, influence and even bring some reality to a situation. Nick believes that through faith in God we can overcome circumstances and physical limitations. He shares his struggles, his failures, his triumphs and most of all his attitude. All of this has taken him around the world to speak to many audiences at many venues and they keep calling him back showing once again that itÃ¢ÂÂs hard to argue with his life and making this book worth the look.
In the good column we have scripture, faith and failure.
Scripture: Nick starts every devotion with a verse from the Bible and although he does use Jeremiah 29:11, which is a staple for Christian motivators no matter how badly they take it out of context, itÃ¢ÂÂs not all in the vein of Jeremiah 29:11. HeÃ¢ÂÂs willing to use verses that balance the message of motivation with the message of reality. For example James 1:2-6 is used early on; Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¦ count it all joy when you face trialsÃ¢ÂÂ¦Ã¢ÂÂ Romans 5:1-5, 2 Corinthians 2:16-18, and even Psalm 119:1-8 are thrown in there as well. These are all verses which, in my opinion, show the balance of GodÃ¢ÂÂs blessing and GodÃ¢ÂÂs call on us to live righteously.
Faith: Through the devotions Nick is often pointing the reader back to God. He depends on God for his faith, strength and attitude. He even explains that the his whole purpose isnÃ¢ÂÂt just to motivate, but to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Failure: Since so many motivational books are just constant streams of Ã¢ÂÂyou can do it!Ã¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂdonÃ¢ÂÂt give up!Ã¢ÂÂ I can really appreciate NickÃ¢ÂÂs reminders about failure. He has faith in God, but that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mean he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt doubt sometimes. HeÃ¢ÂÂs got a great attitude, but that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mean he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt get depressed. HeÃ¢ÂÂs shown that you can overcome disabilities through faith in God, that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mean he hasnÃ¢ÂÂt prayed that he would wake up with arms and legs. Nick is unwilling to give in to his doubts and depression and has taken his failures and used them as a stepping stone to success. It hasnÃ¢ÂÂt always worked, but once again, you canÃ¢ÂÂt argue with his life.
In the bad column we have Ã¢ÂÂThe perfect youÃ¢ÂÂ, Ã¢ÂÂYour dreamsÃ¢ÂÂ, and the Book of life.
The Perfect you: Through out the book Nick makes the point that you are the perfect you. You may be imperfect in some way and you have your unique challenges, but you are the perfect you. There is Biblical basis for this (Psalm 139:13, Isaiah 45:9, Romans 9:21) and I understand what heÃ¢ÂÂs getting at; that God made us the way we are for a purpose. However, since this is a book by a Christian intended to spread the gospel itÃ¢ÂÂs missing a key component to understanding our condition: Repentance and the forgiveness of sins. We are lost without Christ and if we remain in that condition it wonÃ¢ÂÂt matter how successful we are in this life, our next life will be hell. While a case could be made that heÃ¢ÂÂs pushing toward this understanding heÃ¢ÂÂs just not as clear about it as he could be.
Your Dreams: Nick relates never giving up with always following your dreams. There is a strong emphasis on Ã¢ÂÂmeÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂmy dreamsÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂmy fulfillmentÃ¢ÂÂ through my dreams. Dreams and striving for a better life are good things, however, Nick puts so much emphasis on it that it seems the dream has become the important thing above finding fulfillment in Christ. Psalm 37:4 says, Ã¢ÂÂDelight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.Ã¢ÂÂ In effect, we must find ourselves in Christ first so that the desires of our heart are the desires of His heart. Then we can chase our dreams.
The Book of Life: I will admit that this is really the big issue I have with the book. The perfect you and the dreams stuff needs to be tweaked, but we can work through it and no harm done. This one is serious and I would like Nick to offer some explanation on it. In the very last devotion he writes, Ã¢ÂÂAll of our names and numbers are in the Book of Life. We just donÃ¢ÂÂt know when God will decide to take us home to be with Him.Ã¢ÂÂ This is concerning because of how the Bible describes the Book of Life.
Ã¢ÂÂAnd if anyoneÃ¢ÂÂs name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.Ã¢ÂÂ Revelation 20:15
According to the Bible not everyone is written in the Book of Life and we will not all be with God when we die. Maybe IÃ¢ÂÂm misunderstanding, but if IÃ¢ÂÂm not then NickÃ¢ÂÂs theology contradicts the message of the New Testament ultimately making the sacrifice of Christ pointless and thatÃ¢ÂÂs not just different, itÃ¢ÂÂs dangerous.
The Wrap Up
Overall, I can recommend this book. ItÃ¢ÂÂs balanced, itÃ¢ÂÂs challenging and if Nick can achieve what he has without arms and legs then what right do I have to say it canÃ¢ÂÂt be done when I have arms and legs. Nick, just clean up that Ã¢ÂÂBook of LifeÃ¢ÂÂ statement to reflect Revelation 20:15 and weÃ¢ÂÂve got a winner.
June 24, 2013
Encouraging & Inspirational
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
This book is a devotional that draws from some of his previous books, but it really doesn't matter whether or not you have read them. This is a small book intended strictly to share a portion of Scripture, a personal anecdote from either his own life or a friend's, and ending with words of encouragement and inspiration. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the short devotional type, but that does not take away from this being a well written book that I will recommend to anyone searching for a gift for someone who is struggling or for their own personal devotion. It is divided into 50 brief chapters that can be savored slowly for those who just need a few choice words to mull over (or for my few friends who truly dislike reading). So, while I prefer to dig deeper in my daily devotions, this is great for when you need just a quick reminder that God's love for you is limitless and you can trust Him no matter what obstacles you face.
June 22, 2013