Nothing in life is as exciting and satisfying as introducing Jesus to people who have never met him.
New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned motivational speaker Nick Vujicic is known worldwide as the man without arms and legs who personifies a "can do" spirit. Now in greater detail, he explains how the example of Jesus Christ motivates him to travel and speak broadly because the"good news" of the Gospel is just too good to keep quiet! Although the world has so many problems, no challenge is too great for the God who promises to move mountains. Using compelling stories from his own experience, Nick shares the heart of his message, the motivation behind all he does, and something that he believes the world needs now more than ever before: A faith in Jesus Christ that moves people to act and make the world a better place.
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About the Author
NICK VUJICIC is an evangelist, motivational speaker, author, and the director of Life Without Limbs, a nonprofit organization that advances the gospel of Jesus Christ and helps alleviate suffering worldwide. Nick regularly speaks to large crowds on overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams. He is a popular guest on programs such as CBS Sunday Morning, LIFE Today, and Oprah's Lifeclass. Abroad, he was featured twice on 60 Minutes Australia. Nick also hosts his own daily inspirational radio program. A native of Australia, he now lives in Southern California with his wife, Kanae, and their children Kiyoshi, Dejan, Olivia, and Ellie.
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Called to Serve
I certainly didn’t start out thinking I would be God’s hands and feet, an evangelist proclaiming the good news. In fact, even though I grew up in a strong Christian family with a father who was a lay pastor, I confess I was among those teenagers who shunned “the God squad” in school for a time. I wanted to be cool, and talking about your faith to other teens wasn’t considered cool at all.
I had to get comfortable with myself and my beliefs before I could ever be comfortable and effective in sharing my faith with other people. Even after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I wasn’t inclined to go forth and save the rest of the world at first. I wanted to be a professional soccer player, but I am built so low to the ground, league officials ruled no one would be able to stop me. So I had to pursue a different career, just to keep it fair for the other blokes.
Once playing for Manchester United was ruled out, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. My dad, the lay pastor, thought I’d be much better off as an accountant, and for lack of other options, I went along with that.
I never considered that my faith would become a career because it was such a personal and intimate aspect of my life. Our family church was the Apostolic Christian Church of the Nazarene in Keilor Downs in the state of Victoria. My memories of going there are mostly focused on being with my parents and my brother and sister and all my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Worship was a very social experience for me.
My father sang tenor and my uncle Ivan sang bass in the church choir. As founding pastors of the congregation, they’d sit in the front row with the other choir members. I joined them as the unofficial percussionist. I kept the beat by tapping my little foot on a hymnal book, which substituted for a drum. Later they bought me a drum machine and eventually a keyboard I could play with my foot. I loved music and it was one of my favorite parts of church. I associated God with everything I loved.
My father always talked about God on a very personal level, and I picked up on that. I conversed with God all the time, it seemed. He was very real to me, like a member of the family or a good friend. I felt like He knew everything about me and I could talk to Him about everything. He was real to me and always there for me. God wasn’t a father figure or a vengeful power; He was more like an older, wiser mentor and friend.
I prayed every night, but I didn’t think of myself as religious. I didn’t dream of being a pastor. Our family just lived in faith. To me, being Christian was like being Serbian or Australian. I didn’t think there was anything special about it, and I certainly didn’t feel I was holier than anyone else.
I felt guilty for years because I had unholy thoughts when our family friends, Victor and Elsie Schlatter, gave a slideshow presentation on their missionary work in the wilds of New Guinea. They had translated the Bible into pidgin English for the natives there, and they recruited hundreds of them to Christianity. It was hard to believe that there were people who had never heard about Jesus Christ. I assumed He was known about by all.
I confess, though, that what left the biggest impression on me from their slideshow were the photos of naked New Guinea women. That probably wasn’t what they’d hoped I’d remember about their presentation, but, hey, I was just a boy being a boy. I was easily distracted. Especially by Miss Isabell, our Sunday school teacher. She had short blonde hair, big blue eyes, and an engaging smile. I thought she was really pretty. I had a crush on her!
I was no saint, believe me. I got in trouble more than a few times for chewing gum in church, and one Sunday I choked on a piece of candy just before the service started. Since we were seated in front, the entire congregation saw my dad grab me, turn me upside down, and slap me on the back to dislodge the candy.
Searching for Answers
That would not be the last time I was saved in church. Other kids could release their nervous energy during services by tapping their feet on the kneelers or drumming their fingers on the pews. When I was antsy, I’d go to the very last pew in the back of the church and rub the back of my head on the brick wall. Crazy, I know! Thanks to that bad habit, for a while I was the youngest person in our church to have a bald spot.
I was a little goofy as well as easily confused. I was totally baffled when a South American immigrant named Jesus showed up in our first-grade elementary school class.
“Why do they call you Jesus?” I asked, wondering if we were at the end of times when Jesus was to return as the Messiah.
I was very suspicious because our Sunday school class had taught us that when the devil showed up, he’d claim to be Christ. I was on the lookout for imposters. Poor Jesus, my classmate, didn’t understand why I kept interrogating him about his name.
I took my Sunday school teachings seriously. When I was six or seven, after we learned about the second coming of Jesus Christ, I had a dream about the rapture. In my dream, I was visiting my grandparents’ house just around the corner from the church, and I saw all these angels come down and take people up. I saw one of my family members go up and waited, but no angel came for me. I desperately, and sadly, thought, "Where is my angel?" Then I woke up, which was a relief!
I didn’t want to be left behind, so I doubled down on trying to be a good Christian boy. Every Sunday in church, the pastor would ask if we had Jesus in our hearts, and I always answered yes as loudly as I could in case the angels were listening. We were taught that to be Christians we needed God in our lives every day. I wasn’t afraid to tell people that I went to church, but we weren’t taught to talk about Jesus with our friends who weren’t Christians. We were supposed to keep it to ourselves and love everyone. I don’t remember ever praying openly for friends to accept Him into their lives. Instead, I did it privately so they never knew what hit them!
The only evangelists we talked about were heroic missionaries like the Schlatters, our family friends. Victor and Elsie became mentors to me later in life. They were the first true global soldiers of Christ I ever knew. Victor was like a Bible character, a big man with long gray hair and a gray beard bigger than my head. They made missionary work sound so exciting. They told us cool stories about life in the rainforest and being chased by people who didn’t like Christians.
I was in awe of them. They were so exotic, like Indiana Jones meets Billy Graham. In their younger days, my parents had considered working in New Guinea as missionaries with Victor and Elsie. On their honeymoon, they even visited the Schlatters to check it out, but my dad said it was too wild for him. I often imagined what my life would have been like if they’d decided to stay in New Guinea. I am thankful my family stayed in Melbourne.
A Greater Vision
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Truthfully, I didn’t think I would ever be a missionary, because the Schlatters were special people who managed to live and thrive under extremely tough conditions. Still, they inspired me to do whatever I could to help the poor around the world.
They projected their slideshows on the wall at our church, and you’d see all these naked children eating what looked like roots and bugs. We prayed for them and raided our piggy banks to help feed and clothe them. I really admired Victor and Elsie for dedicating their lives to serve as God’s ambassadors.
I was in my early teens when I heard a very dramatic story of a missionary whose plane crashed in a remote area of Papua New Guinea. He was taken prisoner but escaped. I saw an interview in which he said it would have been impossible for him to get out of there, but God made all his captors deaf so he could free himself, take possession of their plane, and get away. The film is called Ee-Taow.
Then I read The Heavenly Man by the Chinese evangelist Brother Yun, a leader of the underground Christian church movement there. I could relate to Brother Yun’s stories of being imprisoned and tortured by government authorities in China; my parents and grandparents had fled Serbia because of the persecution of Christians there.
Yun’s book said that God always stepped in to protect him at the worst times. During his stay in prison, Brother Yun escaped death on many occasions. He was supposed to be hanged, but whenever his time came, the executioner claimed to be too tired or somehow paralyzed. The executioner eventually told Yun that he would make sure he was not killed inside the prison.
Brother Yun also writes of escaping from a maximum-security prison by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit when it told him to just walk out the prison gate one day. He followed those instructions and walked out without being challenged by the guards; it was as if he were invisible. Though many have argued that his story does not sound plausible, the Chinese government said his escape was “an embarrassing mishap.”
I was in my teens when I read Brother Yun’s book and the books of another brave Christian role model, former New York City gang leader Nicky Cruz. His Run Baby Run is a classic story of a troubled street kid who turned his life around through Christ and became a missionary to other young people.
The inspiring 1970 movie about his life, The Cross and the Switchblade, has been viewed by more than fifty million people in 150 countries. Like Brother Yun, Nicky Cruz endured many hardships, but God seemed to step in whenever his life was threatened. He writes of having a gun pointed at his head, but the gun misfired when his would-be killer pulled the trigger, saving his life.
Books like The Heavenly Man and Run Baby Run, along with the stories told by the Schlatters, later gave me the courage to leave the security of my family and home at the age of nineteen and make my first trip as a Christian speaker to South Africa. They taught me there is no safer place to be than where God leads you.
When we are young, most of us can’t see or even comprehend what God has planned for our lives. Yet looking back now, as I enter my mid-thirties after already traveling millions of miles and speaking to millions of people, I can see the influences and experiences that led me to His path.
I have to laugh, especially when I think how puzzled I was as a boy when my Uncle Sam patted my head and said, “One day, Nicky, you will be shaking hands with presidents.”
I certainly could not see that happening at the time. God must have been whispering into my uncle’s ear, because I’ve met more than a dozen presidents and heads of state over the years. Now I’ve yet to shake hands with any of them, for obvious reasons, but I’ve hugged most of them!
Encouragers and Guides
As I’ve written before, my other influences as a teenager included my high school’s janitor, Mr. Arnold. For some reason, everyone called him Mr. Arnold even though Arnold was his first name. I never knew his last name, but he was always there for me and the other students. He encouraged me to talk openly about my struggles with my disabilities and my faith, first with the students in the Christian teen group he led and then with other students and groups around the area.
I didn’t think of myself as an evangelist even remotely at that point. I was more interested in breaking down barriers between people and simply sharing how I did not think hope existed until I allowed God to help. Over time, I saw that my stories inspired others, especially when I explained how I finally came to understand I wasn’t one of God’s rare mistakes and that we are all beautiful and perfect creations in His eyes.
When I heard my first professional motivational speaker, Reggie Dabs, who gave a talk at my high school, he quieted nearly fourteen hundred restless students and left them inspired simply by telling his life story, which was a message of hope: “You can’t change your past, but you can change your future.”
Reggie showed me there could be a path to a career in public speaking. Because of the times in my life when I felt different due to my lack of limbs, I always made it a point in my speeches to tell everyone they were beautiful and loved by God. I thought it was something people should hear. We are all beautiful as God’s creations.
Still, I never thought that message would have such an impact on people. At one of my first big speeches, a teenage girl raised her hand and asked if she could come up and give me a hug. When we hugged, she tearfully shared that no one had ever told her that she was beautiful until I did. Oh, man, that was powerful!
Even when I began to see myself growing into a career as a professional speaker, my focus was more in the inspirational and motivational realm. I knew many people did not want to hear a faith-based message, but as they heard me talk about life, love, hope, and faith in general terms, they felt free to ask questions about faith. Even then, I still didn’t see myself as a role model for other Christians or aspiring Christians.
My dad didn’t either. He kept encouraging me to get degrees in accounting and business. I took his advice, figuring it wouldn’t hurt to have a backup plan if speaking didn’t work out.
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Table of Contents
Part I Letting Your Light Shine
1 Called to Serve 7
2 Answering Questions 25
3 The Gospel at Home 51
4 Delicious Fruit 67
5 Out of the Box 85
Part II Building the Team
6 Blessed Are the Mentors 109
7 Serving as a Christian Role Model 117
8 Allies for the Gospel 129
9 God's Big Tent 143
10 Adventures in Faith 165
Part III Finish Well
11 My Father-A Model for Life 193
12 No Matter What Comes 213
Sharing the Gospel 229
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wonderful book that explains in great detail, how to be a better Christian and how to use skills to lead others around you to Christ. Nick Vujicic has conquered his disability of being born without arms or legs. He shows you how to use your abilities to "Become the hands and feet" of God's Word. I've thoroughly enjoyed this book, would highly recommend to anyone, new believer, non believer, or firm believer. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook, I was under no obligation to post a review.
Be the Hands and Feet: Living Out God’s Love for All His Children proves that if a man, Nick Vujici, born without hands and feet shares the gospel through out the world, than we have no excuse to do the same. Nick has overcome severe physical disabilities and understands the hesitant feelings and has learned how to share Christ in ways that you will find comfortable and fulfulling. Unstoppable Faith. You will be encouraged to help others find the path to everlasting life. If Nick can travel the world to share the gospel, than we have no reason to not do the same. As Nick says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs, then He will certainly use any willing heart!” Are you ready to “be Jesus” in the lives of others? Now is the time. This book challenged me to continue to encourage others to draw upon their faith and encourage others to live a life like Jesus. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.
'Followers of Jesus need to be more than good and kind. We need to have powerful messages to share. What does Jesus mean to you? How do you live differently than others?' It's statements like these that really set the tone for Be the Hands and Feet, Nick Vujicic's new book. Mr. Vujicic has never been afraid to tackle the hard questions, but with this book, takes it to a whole new level. The book on a whole is convicting and challenging to the Christian. At the same time, though, it offers constructive ways to live up to its title message of being the hands and feet of Jesus. Reading through this book, it feels at times like you're sitting on the couch with Mr. Vujicic, and just talking with him. Discussions of spiritual matters, or even just life in general. He shares stories from home with his wife and children, and from the road in his many travels, speaking and preaching. It really does feel like you're in the room with him. While an easy read, the subject matter is anything but. The book is challenging, yes, and I read it slowly, wanting to take everything in, but at the same time, not wanting to be responsible for the knowledge I was gaining. You KNOW that this book was written to be both a challenge and encouragement to those of us in the Church. Fortunately, he includes some help. An entire chapter is dedicated to practical ideas and encouragement on how to be the hands and feet, how to serve Jesus and your community. In all, it's a wonderful read, an easy-yet-difficult read, but one that will inspire you. I love what Mr. Vujicic says in the chapter God's Big Tent about the church's - and therefore our - responsibility in this life:
I just finished a book that will challenge you in your role as a Christ follower! Be the Hands and Feet is by Nick Vujicic and shares many ways that us average people can give more to help win others to Christ. I loved the storytelling and friendly tone of Nick's writing...you feel like you're talking to an old friend who offers support and guidance. There are many practical ways to live out our faith, many of which we rush past or perhaps never thought of. This book encourages you to look outside the box and think of new ways to serve, be it in the disability community, foster care community, work community, or just the community as a whole. Instead of "programming" or church initiatives, we should be looking for relationships with those around us who need Jesus in their lives. Relational equity can help us live out the reason for our faith in front of others, in everyday circumstances. Nick is a powerful writer with a huge heart for reaching the lost. I wouldn't say that I evangelize in the traditional sense of the word, but this book encouraged me to use the skills I already have to show others Christ's redeeming love. I also enjoyed the stories peppered through the book by friends, family, coworkers and mentors/mentees of Nick's. Great stuff to be found here! Don't expect to read and stay the same. ;) *I was given an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions above are my own. *
Wow! Just finished reading Nick Vujicic’s book, “Be the Hands and Feet.” An incredible man. An incredible book. I feel that I have just finished reading a letter from a dear friend I haven’t seen in years. I was moved by his humble spirit and his excitement about what God has done and is doing in his life. Encourager, evangelist, man of God, mentor, and motivational speaker. He is also a son, brother, husband and father. A man who could very well be angry and bitter toward God. One who could very well withdraw from life and seek pity and society would easily understand. Not Nick, someone forgot to teach him the word, “can’t.” Nick was born without limbs, however, as I read the book, I had to remind myself this man is what most people would consider severely disabled. Instead of focusing on what he doesn’t have, he focuses on what God has given him. Nick states at the beginning of the book that he has faced many challenges as well as crisis in his faith, however, he wrote that he learned, “I was not God’s mistake, and instead that God did have a plan and a purpose for His “perfectly imperfect child.”
Be the Hands and Feet: Living Out God’s Love for His Children by Nick Vujicic is a wonderful book. I’ve read all of this author’s books and always learn so much. He is so humble despite the blessings and gifts God has given to him to share with the world. I love how transparent he is – sharing his mistakes as well as his victories. God used this book to touch a place in my heart that He started speaking to me many years ago and reawakened the dream this fall. While I don’t know when the dream will be fulfilled, the chapter about the big tent reminded me that when God is in control, the timing is perfect. The author is inspirational, encouraging, passionate and writes in a way that he excites others to pick up the torch and carry it along with him to help introduce people to Christ, our main mission here on earth. I loved how he encouraged his readers that it’s our job to introduce others authentically to God and Jesus being the only way to Heaven, but then God takes over and it’s between that person and God whether or not they choose God. It frees me to continue to live my life as a billboard advertising for God, but not my responsibility to choose for others. So many wonderful insights in this book – a great read for those who love God and even those seeking to find out more about Him. . I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
What an awesome God we have! And I thank God that Nick Vujicic is willing to be used by God in such a powerful way. Amazing book about an amazing man and an amazing God!
Nick Vujicic is an inspirational and motivational giant. Born without limbs, he has shown the world that anyone can be a witness for Jesus Christ. I enjoyed his book, Be the Hands and Feet, with its message of service and love for all mankind. He gives ideas on showing God’s love to those around us no matter where we are. I’m inspired by what he has been able to do with his life. He has traveled all over the world teaching people about God’s love. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
If you are looking for a book that will inspire you to press into your calling to "plant seeds of faith with love and respect", Be the Hands and Feet is a book you will want to read. The focus of this book is to help Christ followers to share their faith and bring others to Christ. In the introduction, he sets out the premise of this particular book in these words: "We can't just be passengers in the boat. We need to cast our lines because there is an ocean of people out there who need the redemptive power of God's love." The book is laid out in three sections, following the introduction: Part I: Letting Your Light Shine Part II: Build A Team Part III: Finish Well In each of these sections Nick shares stories from his life and those of others whom he has come into contact with that will inspire you to reach out to others to share your faith, to inspire others to be the best they can be, and bring hope to a world that needs God's grace and love. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was that I felt that in spite of the structure given with the sections within the books there was a lack of flow in certain sections. I was feeling that I needed to push through a bit to get the best parts. In spite of that, I felt the greatest content of the book accomplished the goals that the author set out in the introduction. I especially loved 'God's Big Tent' Chapter and the message of Kingdom-mindedness. This will be a book to challenge and inspire you to be all that God has called you to; to "be Jesus" in the lives of others. As Nick says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs, then He will certainly use any willing heart!” Note: I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.
I first discovered Nick Vujicic through his videos that I had seen in one of the youth groups I had been attending at the time several years ago. Nick has a humble and meek spirit that inspires all of those around him. He has no arms and legs so it’s beautiful to see that he has a strong faith and a passion for everyone to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. You’ll want to check out Vujicic’s newest release, Be the Hands and Feet. The author shares his own personal stories and experiences as he shares his faith that makes him vulnerable, real, compassionate, and inspiring. If you’re curious to learn how to share your faith with others, or maybe you want to but you’re afraid to, then I highly recommend this. This is a book for anyone and everyone so it doesn’t matter where you are in your walk with God as long as you have a desire to share your faith. The author has sound theology and shares a lot of Scripture to back up his points without coming across as preachy. He talks to you in a relational sense like a good friend having a conversation. He answers the important questions one has about sharing their faith, he offers encouragement and practical ways and ideas that you can share your faith, and he addresses problems in the American church and ideas on how to fix that. This Gospel-centered book is one of the best books that I have read on the topic of evangelism. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Be the Hands and Feet: Living Out God’s Love for All His Children is an inspiring and uplifting autobiographical book in which the author, Nick Vujicic, shares personal examples of how he and several of his friends have endeavored to bring the good news of Jesus to people all over the world. By detailing how his own physical challenges have strengthened his faith and led him to pursue his evangelistic calling in Christ, Mr. Vujicic challenges readers to believe wholeheartedly that they too have been called by God to bring the light of the Gospel into a dark world. By presenting a fresh perspective on the “Great Commission”, Mr. Vujicic encourages readers to use the resources God has given them to serve and love others boldly in creative and unexpected ways. Mr. Vujicic offers personal insight and practical ideas that readers can easily use to share the message of Jesus’ salvation more effectively and intentionally. Abounding with grace and encouragement, the stories, reflections, ideas, and tips included in this book are extremely worthwhile and motivating for anyone who desires to make the most of the time and talents they have been given as they strive to share their faith authentically and sincerely with others. Be the Hands and Feet is a book that I can easily recommend. It challenges, encourages, and inspires Christ-followers to pursue the Great Commission with purpose, courageously sharing the unconditional love of Jesus with those in need of hope and redemption. *I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
As Author Nick Vujicic says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs, then He will certainly use any willing heart!” In this newest book, we are encouraged to be God’s hands and feet; to take the good news to those who need to be reached with His love. Full of personal life stories, including struggles, Vujicic inspires us to do. To love. To live. An easy but challenging read, you’ll be encouraged to follow God’s will for your life. This is a great book for teens and adults. We sometimes need to be reminded that we are indeed His hands and feet. This book will get you moving! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
In his book, Be the Hands and Feet, Nick shares about the many ways that people can share God's love. He shares personal stories of ordinary people, just like you and me and the ways that they have shown the love of God. He challenges readers to reach out to people and show them God's love. Nick also talks about how he uses his testimony to reach out to people and share about God. Nick has had many opportunities to influence officials from other countries and talk to them about people with disabilities. Through these talks, there are some occasions where Nick has been able to help countries with their laws regarding people with disabilities. He has also been able to pray for the officials and their countries. Overall this is a very inspiring and encouraging read!
Nick has a unique way of inviting you into his story and making you want to stay in that story forever. He shows you the truth that "If God can use a man without arms and legs to be his hands and feet, then he will certainly use any willing heart". This book goes on to give great examples of how being the hands of feet of Jesus (which is what we are ALL called to be) can look so different but still have monumental impact. Being the hands and feet can look as big as being a missionary on a foreign field or as simple as helping out a neighbor. Our purpose in this life boils down to a simple fact that Jesus loves us all and came to save us all, and our job is to do what we can with what God has put before us. We do our part and trust God to expand the results beyond our wildest imaginations. This book gives you that inspiring kick to go and change the world. I was given an advanced readers copy of this book to read and review.