Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action
I am not quite finished reading this book, but am thoroughly enjoying it. Nick is an amazing young man with a lot of insight into the issues of life. I have seen Nick in person, so this book is like meat added to the bones, so to speak. Nick is completely open throughout the book and gives examples of the lives of others. His chapter on bullying is a particularly moving one. If he can keep such a positive attitude much of the time, then there is no excuse for the rest of us who have all of our limbs. It is remarkable what Nick can do without arms and legs while many of the rest of us with arms and legs never accomplish in a lifetime a quarter of what he has done in a few years. This book is full of encouragement and living proof of the grace, mercy and love of God.
May 3, 2013
I had never heard of Nick Vujicic before I read this book and let me say this man is a real inspirational Child of God. He starts his life not knowing where he will fit in. Little does he know that God has an exponentially bigger plan for his life than he could ever fathom. This book will take you through times of tears and laughter and the overwhelming presence of God.
As Nick experiences attempted suicide and heartbreaking rejection and other tough life trials. Nick finds through parents and family who trusted God and the woman who would believe in Gods perfect timing in her own life and his own faith in action that when he trust God wholeheartedly the astounding things God can and will do in his life and the lives of others. He has touched many around the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says Ã¢ÂÂFor My thoughts are not your thoughts and My ways are not your ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.Ã¢ÂÂ This is one of the scriptures I think of as I recall the inspiring stories in this book. The other is Jeremiah 29:11 Ã¢ÂÂFor I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a futureÃ¢ÂÂ. Meaning that no matter who we are, where we come from or how many limbs we have or donÃ¢ÂÂt have we are purposeful and if we let God do a work in our lives we can change lives.
February 4, 2013
You Too Can Be Unstoppable
Nick VujicicÃ¢ÂÂs story is a fascinating one. You may have wondered how a man with an Eastern European name would have an Australian accent. To find out, you will have to read the book or do the research. Come on, you donÃ¢ÂÂt want me to spoil the fun, do you?
Born without arms or legs, NickÃ¢ÂÂs life began in a very emotional way. However, his parents, though surprised by their sonÃ¢ÂÂs disabilities, encouraged him to focus on something quite different than his limitations. Nick came to call them disabilities with a G and an o in front of them; God-abilities. This is the story of a man who faced tremendous hurdles from the moment he was born, was bullied and even contemplated suicide but who today has become the epitome of an overcomer by the grace of God and his faith in God put into action.
As you go through the book you will find not only his story but the story of so many others who did incredible things by a faith put into action. Read the story of Mercy Ships, of a Liberian president who became the pendulum swing of her notorious predecessor and so many more who did hard things by GodÃ¢ÂÂs grace and a faith that was put into action. You will read of famous people and others who are little in the eyes of the world but big in the eyes of God.
If you have been on the internet, you evidently have seen what Nick VujicicÃ¢ÂÂs example can do to young people facing bullying, feeling unloved and unwanted. There are often tears and always hugs! He gives people hope through faith in Jesus Christ.
My only criticism of the book has to do with his Gospel presentation therein. I think that he can be perceived as a universalist through much of it, he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mention sin or hell and he at one point personifies the universe as is done by those outside of Christ. Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs said that the universe rewards action and that certainly has been true for me,Ã¢ÂÂ he states on page 15. In fairness, though, it becomes obvious that he is a believer and a true evangelist, encouraging others to a faith in Christ that transforms.
I highly recommend this book. It is worth your time and effort. Anyone who can excel and find the silver lining behind being born without arms and legs is worthy of our admiration and our willingness to sit and be taught of how we too can be unstoppable.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
January 17, 2013
Inspiring and Challenging
I became aware of Nick Vujicic through reading about Bethany Hamilton and when this book came up for review, I decided that it would be a good one to read. This book is inspirational book about following God, putting your faith in action and reaching out to others, even in the face of what might seem impossible challenges.
The very fact that this book is written by a successful, world traveling evangelist who was born with no arms and legs is inspirational enough to convince us that our challenges aren't bigger than God's power and his plans for our life. He also packs the book full of inspirational stories from others he has met on his path through life. Those who have influenced him and those who have been touched by him. Though usually, the inspiring seems to go both ways.
There are many reminders that our attitudes and our trust in God and his power are often bigger hurdles than the disabilities, diseases or relationships that we have that seem to be standing between us and a better life.
A couple of passages that stood out me are below:
One thing I would caution you about is that when you face an overwhelming medical problem, you may find yourself totally caught up in dealing with it, so being hill and getting healthy are all you think about. Professional counselors say it is important to accept and mange your illness, but is equally important to remember that you are still you. Don't abandon the things you love to do or the people you love to be with because you want to focus exclusively on restoring your health. The health challenge has happened to you, but don't let it take over your life or damage your sense of yourself and the value you bring into the world. You are more than this challenge.
I liked that one because, as a person facing a significant health challenge, I know that it is easy for that to become a huge focus in your life and to define you. I have enjoyed life so much more now that the diseases is just part of who I am and it is not the major focus of my life. It is always there, but it is not who I am. But, it can take awhile to get to that place and attitude.
Jessica believes that God used the illness of her body to strengthen her soul. She feels that being so sick forced her to focus on what beign a Christian and giving her life to God really meant. Through her terrible pain and the loss of the life she'd known, Jessica found a path to wisdom and understanding beyond anything she'd ever experienced before. "God wanted me to realize that life was not given to me just for my own satisfaction," she said. "In fact, that is not the purpose at all. He wanted me to realize that life as given to me so that I could bring Him glorly and be an encouragement for others. He wants the best for me, but He realizes the meaning of that more than I do.
Jessica found that meaning through surrender. "The way I view it, to surrender means giving to the Lord the things that you hold most dear. It means not holding on tightly to your idea of what will bring you happiness but trusting that He knows even better than you the desires of your heart - and that He will give you a fulfilled life even if it is not in the way that you envisioned," she said.
This is a good reminder. I think so often, we are miserable because we are holding so tightly to our idea or the world's idea of what will make us happy or what we need instead of trusting God and seeing life through His eyes. We need to surrender and obey and trust that He loves us and wants more for us than we can even imagine.
Nick deals with some tough subjects like bullying, suicidal thoughts, human trafficking, disease, etc. I appreciated the candid yet encouraging way he handled these subjects. He challenges us to look for ways to help those in need and encourages those facing difficulties.
If you are looking for an inspiring and yet challenging book to help you with your perspective on life or to encourage you in your ministry you might want to check this book out.
January 13, 2013