Although this condensed booklet (64 pages) lacks many stories of the version (Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life—288 pages) readers will still benefit from a great message.
At 29 years old, Australian born Nick Vujicic is a world-wide motivational speaker, urging millions of listeners “to overcome adversity with faith, hope, love, and courage so that they may pursue their dreams.” For a young man to speak passionately on “overcoming adversity,” and hold the attention of audiences, he’d better understand what adversity means.
Vujicic can well define the term. Born without arms and legs, he has a lifetime of confronting challenges with the help of supportive parents. As the author states, “They held on to the conviction that my life would have no limits, and they fought to keep that dream alive.”
One early memory is his mother saying, “‘Nicholas you need to play with normal children because you are normal. You just have a few bits and pieces missing, that’s all’…setting the tone for years to come.”
But the book’s purpose is not simply to tell his story–Vujicic’s book is upfront with his goal “to encourage you to overcome your own challenges and hardships so you can find your own purpose and pathway to a great life.” He cautions “to do that well, though, you need to have hope.”
He personifies hope as “the voice of your purpose,” reassuring that “whatever happens to you doesn’t live within you” and states, “Only God knows how our lives will unfold.” In his travels, the author has personally witnessed how “great calamities…always trigger incredible caring from other human beings” and that “Hope appears even in the worst of times to give us proof of GOD’s presence.”
As tragedies pass, and reporters move to other topics, too often we forget stories of courage and triumph. Nick reminds us of the 2010 Haitian earthquake and one story that emerged: Marie and her son Emmanuel. Searching emergency camps and rubble when her son disappeared, Marie clung to hope. Ah, but to know the conclusion of that story and more of Vujicic’s inspiring message, I recommend reading the book.
I give Your Life Without Limits: Living Above Your Circumstance (Published by Waterbrook Press 2012)
4 STARS ** Great book–ask for this one, or the more in depth: Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life at your local library if you enjoy inspirational stories of real life heroes who overcome.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books. I was not required to post a positive review.