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Posted April 7, 2013
I have read quite a few Christian devotionals and this ranks right there with the best of them. Nick's title of his book Limitless has nothing to do with his abilities, our abilities, or lack thereof. He is speaking of God being limitless in His love, power, and blessings for our lives.
I read this book in just a few days although it is intended as a devotional book. This is a book that definitely requires a highlighter and pen. We all have our struggles and to say the least, Nick has an enormous struggle that he faces everyday--born without arms or legs. It wasn't until Nick put his faith in God and realized God had plans for him, that he really began to live. Nick is ridiculously happy and it resonates page after page. He may not be perfect, but he is "the perfect Nick Vujicic."
This book is a devotional book intended to help with daily struggles you may be facing. We all face trials, hardships, despair, inadequacy, and sadness. This book helps us deal with all our stuff we have going on as human beings, with scripture to encourage us. There are stories from Nick's life and the people he encounters. His devotions will make you cry, laugh, and look up to Heaven, smile and know that was God's little wink. Always trust God. He loves us, has a plan for us, and can take any situation and turn it into good.
Nick is a perfect example of trusting in our Lord, surrendering, and letting God us fohi for His glory and Nick has found so much happiness in this. He says it perfectly,
"You may rejoice that you have limbs, but each day I rejoice that I do not....my victory came in surrender. It comes every day when I acknowledge that I can't do this on my own, so I say to God, "I give it to You!" Once I yielded, the Lord took my pain and turned it into something good, which brought me real joy."
This book gives a small dose of the things Nick has had to conquer in his life. I have not yet read his two other books, but if it is anything like the glimpses he gave us in this book, they are sure to be fantastic!! They are Life Without Limits and Unstoppable.
Please check out Nick's website below and be sure to watch some videos of him speaking. He is ridiculously optimistic and in love with Christ!!
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group has provided me with this book complimentary for review purposes.
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Posted April 23, 2013
Yet another fantastic book written by the inspiring and encouraging Nick Vujicic. This devotional is packed with 50 devotionals on the topics of hope, blessings, faith, passion, servanthood and so much more. Each begins with a bible verse, contains a 2 page devotional with stories from Nick's life to offer encouragement and a Life application section to end in which Nick offers focus and ideas to apply what the reader has just absorbed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed each of Nick's books thus far, and was not disappointed when I opened this book. Fantastic for a gift, it is also perfect for a little time of personal focus. Full of positivity and real life that makes the reader consider who God is and how He cares for each of us and has a purpose that is different from any others, this is a fun devotional to read. Straightforward, honest and down to earth yet entertaining and uplifting, it is an enjoyable read.
I highly recommend this book!
I received a copy of this book for free to review through the WaterBrook Multnomah Blogging for Books program. All thoughts expressed are my own, I was in no way compensated for my review or required to write a positive review.
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Posted April 19, 2013
Limitless by Nick Vujicic is a new inspirational devotional book. This author is best known as a motivational speaker, born without limbs - who travels the world to spread encouragement as well as the gospel message. He is the author of two books, and this easy to read devotional is a compilation of his two previous books: Unstoppable and Life Without Limits.
The devotional book genre is a growing new trend. Vujicic has incorporated material from his previous books repackaging them in an easy to digest format for a new generation of readers. For those who are not inclined to sit down and read a lengthy book, this is the perfect inspirational resource. For those overwhelmed by illness, disability or grief, this book offers simple bursts of encouragement to motivate the reader to persevere.
I can not imagine anyone more qualified to speak to youth about self esteem and disability as well as the sick and aged about terminal illness and grief. The author captures a wide audience, from the young student to the older reader as well as everything in between. This book is a very good outreach opportunity for those new to the gospel as well as for those who are familiar with the bible.
Nick draws on his own personal experiences throughout his life and overcoming a handicap. Basically is message is an encouraging one that tells the reader if he can do it, so can you regardless of your circumstances. I believe this simple, short to the point format makes it so much easier for the reader to glean truth and encouragement in contrast to a full length book. This book contains 50 devotionals each ranging from 1-2 pages. The introduction leads with a specifically selected bible verse. These bible verses are very relevent. It is apparent that they are not randomly chosen token verses as these selected verses discuss true pain, and grief. 2Corinthians 4:16-18 is an example of a verse that speaks to those readers overwhelmed with grief and tragedy. Another interesting element is his ability to intertwine humor in a challenging or painful situation. His ability to make light or to see the lighter side of an overwhelming experience can offer the reader a new coping technique. For example, Nick recalls the time he rode the luggage carousel at the airport in the entry 15, "Enjoy the Ride". "Off I went with the rest of the bags and cases. I rode the carousel making like a statue wearing sunglasses and drawing shocked stares, pointed fingers, and nervous laughter from the other passengers." He goes onto state that sometimes we all need to give "adulthood a rest". I can imagine tired weary readers breathing a sigh of relief knowing it is okay to lay aside your burden and have some child like fun regardless of seriousness of your situation. At times his writing seems as if it is taken out of his own personal journal. The advice her offers seems to also be written to encourage himself, especially on page 46. When he talks about the importance of hope he states, "If you didn't have hope, would you ever plan to start a family? Without hope would you ever try to learn something new?" I can imagine these questions were part of his own pep talk when faced with apprehension about trying to surf or getting married.
I believe this devotional book is a very good outreach for all readers. I would like to see this author write more devotional books as he has a unique qualification and ability to speak to all audiences from older readers who are suffering as well as young teens who simply need some motivation and support. As a blogger I received this book published by Water Brook for the purpose of writing this review.
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Posted April 20, 2013
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Nick Vujicic has written several books about his life as a limbless man. In "Limitless" he offers the reader a devotion based upon personal experiences and the experiences of others. He prefaces the examples with a Bible verse and ends with a personal note of belief. The author touches on subjects such as enjoying life as it is, belief and trust in the existence in God, hope and the power it brings to individuals in times of stress, surrendering to God's will, disavowing negative and destructive thoughts, discarding labels that limit one's ability to hope, and listening for one's calling in life.
One of the sections which caught my eye and interest was the one on the use of the cell phone. Its message was that success comes from failure, assuming one does not dwell on the hurt of failure. Another practical lesson was that of preparing for new experiences. Some of the lessons/devotions are applicable to the general population while others are more specific to those with special needs. The overall approach is that, with trust in God and God's will for any human being, life is simply a matter of living out the plan while making the best of the gifts which remain despite omissions or disappointments. Although I'm not sure whether the wisdom in this book cannot be found in countless other inspirational books, the focus on the positive is a delight and the author is obviously an inspiration to the masses in general.
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Posted October 6, 2013
Limitless was actually a title that I had tried multiple times to get my hands on for a review copy, so when I finally did I was ecstatic. I had heard much about Nick Vujicic, the man born without arms or legs who has been used by God to reach literally thousands of people; I had heard about his strong testimony, his incredible faith, and his ability to inspire and encourage people, so when the devotional came I told my wife about it and we set out reading it together.
But I'm not sure I could have been more disappointed in the book. Some people may say that my expectations were too high, but it wasn't my expectations for the book in general that weren't met but rather my expectations for his theology that disappointed me. Throughout the devotional we kept reading about what Nick had done - not what Jesus had done. Granted, he referenced God, and every chapter started with a Bible verse. But that was it. After every day's reading my wife and I would look at each other and say, "Really? That's it?"
Nick's basic message (that we heard) seemed to be, "If you believe hard enough in your self then you can do anything." Not once did we ever get the message, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." Rather, we heard, "I can do all things." We weren't directed towards trusting more in God, or even the prosperity-gospel message of "Just have more faith and it will be okay." No, we were just told to believe in ourselves, have more confidence in our ability, and everything will work out just fine. It was, in short, a watered-down message of self-help and positive thoughts void of any real reference to a risen savior.
And I guess that's why I was so disappointed. I haven't read his other books, nor have I heard him speak, but I'd like to give Nick the benefit of the doubt here and say that we just misunderstood him. Unfortunately, in a review I don't have that freedom. There are books that after I read I put on my shelf to keep, there are others I share with friends because they are that powerful, there are those I donate to church libraries because even though I may not want to keep them they are worth passing on, and then there are those books that, honestly, after I read them go straight in the garbage because I refuse to keep them and I refuse to pass them on. This book falls into that last category - I can not in good faith recommend it to anyone who wants to draw nearer to Jesus. So, I'll give it 1/5 stars, mainly for bad theology.
For the record, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest (though not necessarily favorable) review.
Posted July 25, 2013
I had only heard of Nick Vujicic from the internet. It is hard to ignore some who has no arms and no legs, who helps to put one’s life into perspective with his infectious positive attitude and faith in God. So, it was with this minimal background that I picked Limitless: Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life to review.
The book is set up as a devotional book. Each chapter (there are fifty) is less than two pages, which I like because it feels like I have read a lot more than I really have. Haha. The format is similar throughtout. There is a topic, a Bible verse, a personal story and a quick paragraph to focus the reader on that particular topic.
This is part of the book’s strength and weakness. It is an easy read and even when one reads two or three chapter each day, allowing time for reflection; it does not take long to get through the book. The flip side of this is that it doesn’t have much substance. Additionally, each chapter ending offers a pretty generic bit of “trust God and all things will work out” type of inspiration. The problem, for me, is that there is sometimes a disconnect between the context of Scriptures used and the inspiration at the end. One does not necessarily need to be a Christian to be encouraged. This can be good and bad. Obviously, we want to encourage our unbelieving friends and family; however, there are some of the encouragement that can only come through trust in Jesus Christ.
Overall, this is an easy read. If you want some simple inspiration and encouragement, this is a good choice. What sets this apart from just fortune cookie quotes is that the stories Vujucic adds makes his encouragement more powerful because of the struggles and failures that he writes about. That can give most of us perspective, hope and encouragement in a powerful way. The stories he includes makes me want to check out his autobiographical titles for more extended details.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.Derrick B.
Posted July 2, 2013
I had read Nick Vujicic’s autobiography earlier and was impressed by his strong testimony, so when I saw a book of devotionals by him, I decided it might be worth reading as well–and it was.
Unfortunately, I sometimes feel as though I am being “preached at” by some devotional books, but these short messages are easy to read…draw from his own life experience…and pulled me in, sometimes encouraging me, sometimes challenging, sometimes comforting.
Each one begins with a Bible verse–mostly from The Message, so they are contemporary. Then Nick adds his devotions, and closes each one with a one- or two-sentence thought. They are short enough that they work well for either a morning or evening devotional time.
It would be possible to spend about two months reading through the devotions if you read one a day (there are 50), but sometimes you simply want to read more.
I am always looking for meditation and devotional books for retreats that I help lead, and this book is definitely going into the stack that I take.
This book was provided free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for reviewing it.
Posted June 24, 2013
Many outside of the Christian circle may not have heard of Nick Vujicic but this is someone they need to meet. Nicholas James "Nick" Vujicic is a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker born with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Nick is a rare speaker as he is more than candid with his own struggles as well as his victories. As I read this book, I was inspired by Nick's tenacity. Limitless is an excellent devotional book that does not promote 'pull yourself up by your bootstraps” but rather looking to the unlimited power and strength God can provide to overcome all of life's challenges.The book is divided into short chapters that are easily read at one sitting. Perfect for those who have hectic schedules and excellent for personal devotions. Nick's positive outlook on life, coupled with his passion to help people overcome their obstacles is contagious. While he is to be commended for his strength of character and determination, He gives all the credit to God and God's wonderful, limitless power and love.I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Posted June 20, 2013
Nicholas James “Nick” Vujicic is a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Nick is also the author of three books, his most popular being “Life Without Limbs”
His companion devotional book “Limitless” contains 50 readings to inspire and motive you towards what he calls the “ridiculously good life.” Clearly this book is a companion to his earlier work “life without limbs” you won’t get his story or auto biography in this book, more so it feels like more inspirational stories from his life that perhaps didn’t make it into his earlier work.
That is to say, Limitless is certainly awe inspiring and motivational, each devotional is a quick and easy read that follows some biblical truth or passage. This book could probably also be used in a small group setting in a church. But more so I think this would make a better “gifted” item for someone who needs this sort of “pick me up.”
If you are unfamiliar with Nick’s story, I would recommend you pick up “Life Without Limbs” first.
Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and the Blogging for Books program for the copy of this book in exchange for review.
Posted June 13, 2013
Nick is such a very distinct writer. This is a devotional, that has short snippets to read. I read it in a few days, taking my time digesting what he was saying. Then taking on the challenges for each and every day writing what it meant to me.
To the World Nick is disabled but in God's eyes Nick has such an opportunity to share His faith with others. We need to do the same, Share our faith. Nick reminds us that it is limitless if we are in the hands of God. God places us here on the earth for a reason. Each devotion is uniquely written.
To a survivor of the Joplin Tornado, it gave me strength and courage to move ahead on my blog, and to write even the hard stuff.
Even as short as the devotions are, I took my time. Yet isn't that what God wants? Nick reminds us to take our times and to depend upon God's Word during the hard times. He knows our need and everything.
**This book was sent to me from Waterbrook Press for my honest opinion.
Posted July 28, 2013
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