Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic is a book that took me to places I usually don’t visit and drove me to really consider the correlation between faith and my daily walk. It left me hovering between liking the message and feeling as though something was missing.
I remember seeing a video of Nick Vujicic one Sunday during morning worship. His story was amazing due to the pure joy he exuded while living with the fact he was missing his arms and legs. So, when I was given the opportunity to review his new book for Waterbook Press, I was all over it.
Overall, the book was enjoyable and inspiring. It abounds with great examples of people who have not let their circumstances define their view of who God is. I also enjoyed how Nick was vulnerable with his own struggles and invited me to try to comprehend (as much as I possibly could) how hard life can be for someone with “disabilities.” He pulls no punches with his inner struggles when mistakes were made that to him to the brink of depression. He also weaves a story of how his belief in how real faith in God can lead anyone to shifting the paradigm of their current situation.
While working my way through the book, there was a realization of how my life in insulated in regards to those who are hurting. Some of the issues are ones I have dealt with in my life: such as unemployment, self-image issues as a teen and reaping the results of bad decisions. It was the other topics that made me a little uncomfortable. However, when having to come face to face with bullying, cutting, thoughts of suicide, I started to feel my spiritual eyes trying to shift focus so that I might begin seeing those around me differently. It is these issues that many of our churches do not address. They are also topics that we as Christians hide because of fear of rejection or the belief our faith is just not strong enough.
As I finished the book, I took notice that something seem to be missing in all the stories. It took me a little time to discover what was tugging at me and then I realized what is was: even though Nick was giving people who read the book hope in their circumstances, he missed the opportunity to lay out the Gospel in a way those who may not be Christians might understand. There was a lot of talk about God and Jesus, but it felt to me that when the reader gets to the final page, faith will be seen as just another self-help tool instead of a potential relationship with the one who died for our sins. I know in my heart that this was not the intention, but unfortunately, many people who do not have a personal relationship with Christ will not be challenged to seek it out.