Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Book Review: Life Without Limits

Hey Friends,
I'm back with another book review! Here are my thoughts on Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic.

Nick Vujicic is an inspiring person. Born in Australia without either arms or legs, he has overcome just about every obstacle life has placed in his path. Rather than viewing himself as "disabled" and letting life pass him by, he believes that his lack of limbs has "enabled" him to live a ridiculously good life, by the grace of God. In Life Without Limits, Nick shares his strategy for overcoming life's challenges and says that everyone can live life to the fullest regardless of the difficulties they face. Coming from such a joyful person -who has no arms or legs- it's hard to argue otherwise! Life Without Limits is choc-ful of inspiring, personal stories of struggle and triumph, as well as the stories of other inspiring folks Nick has met along the way in his world travels.

I had high expectations for this book because I've seen a video of one of Nick's speaches on YouTube and thought it was excellent. I am also a huge fan of the short film, The Butterfly Circus, which Nick stars in. Even though Life Without Limits is contagiously optimistic, I was disappointed by its blend of Christian and humanistic ideas. Throughout the book, Nick encourages the reader that anything is possible if you work hard and never give up. He frequently used the saying, God helps those who help themselves, which is not a biblical concept. The main focus of the book was how you can live a happy life. I am thrilled that Nick is a joyful person who is not wallowing in self-pity. Like I said at the beginning of this review, he truly is an inspiring person. But God's main focus for us is not that we would live a happy life here on earth, but that we would turn from our sins and believe in Christ so that we can live a happy life forever with Him in eternity. Unfortunately, Life Without Limits is not a book I would recommend. 

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for this review.

As a side note, I would very highly recommend the short film The Butterfly Circus that Nick Vujicic starred in! In fact, I love this film so much I plan on blogging about it soon :) Check out the trailer and then go to the website to watch the whole film!

BUTTERFLY CIRCUS TEASER from The Butterfly Circus on Vimeo.

Thanks for reading!