Review #5 Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic
I’ll first say this–this man is definitely a happy one. I’ve read two nonfiction books so far, this year, and this is the only one I have been able to say I believe to be true. By that, I mean to say that the others had very implausible events that I couldn’t wrap my mind around. For you nonfiction readers, you probably know what I mean… hopefully. Maybe I’m just that weird type. That’s okay, too.
So the cover, itself, catches anyone’s attention. Nick knew this, too. He wasn’t afraid to say how people listen to him BECAUSE he can catch anyone’s eye. And that’s my favorite part about this book. He’s not afraid. Ever. Well, in his growth he was, but he wasn’t afraid to tell us that. He takes us in and out of his past, so we slowly grow as he does, both in mind and spirit. We laugh as he sits atop a table with manikins and winks at passersby, and grow in strength as he falls on his face, but gets right back up again.
Granted, this isn’t a very visual book. It doesn’t have words that put you in the story with him. I couldn’t tell you what [I] saw when he rode the airport baggage claim belt, or describe the nerves he felt when stepping in front of a large crowd. I can tell you he rode it and that I’m actually jealous (I’ve always wanted to try it.) but all I know is that he saw the people loading the belt.
But that’s okay.
How this man lived his life is extraordinary. I’m not one to enjoy self-help/inspirational books, but my grandpa bought me this and I usually read what he buys me. Try to, anyway. Fact is, this man is amazing. (Nick, not my grandpa. Although, my grandpa is absolutely amazing in many other ways. I don’t share my grandpa, however, so go away.) He began a life no one could imagine having to live, and he successfully lives it humbly and beautifully. It’s a life to desire, in the sense that it truly is wonderful. I am a believer in Christ, so when he would mention his dependence on God and continuing faith, I teared up. That’s just me. Because it’s so easy, these days, to give up when things get hard. And more people do it now than ever before. I won’t get into that, though. This post is about Nick. And I’m not an inspirational speaker.
Like I said, I’m not one for inspirational books, but for those down on their luck or unhappy in the way they live their lives, I would suggest this book. He doesn’t just touch on a few things and say “my life is amazing.” He tells you how his parents felt about having a child like him. He tells you about his flaws and how he used them for the worse…. but later for the better. He’s not perfect internally and he’s not afraid to say it. He’s REAL. He’s experienced thoughts of suicide. He’s seen poverty at its potential worst. He’s cried the tears of guilt and pain and shared them with us.
He’s a beautiful person. After reading the book, I can’t necessarily say I felt like my life was going to be better. However, I don’t have too many troubles in life. I just don’t have a life ;). I’m working on that. I did, though, feel refreshed. It’s really nice to know when you’re not the only one. Not that I think I’m the only one with troubles, but the actual reminder does more than the thought. (Like the reminder of love. You can know someone loves you, but when they actually say it, the reassurance and emotions of the knowledge renew and release those happy people hormones that make you feel all kinds of better.)
So, I liked the book. I have to rate it based on the book and not my idea of what genre I liked. Oh and guess what? I found very FEW grammatical errors. For those who know me, that’s impressive. For those who don’t, no, I’m not excellent with grammar. I can only imagine how many errors are in this post. When I read, though, I notice them everywhere.
So… I do hope you have a wonderful rest of your day and may God bless it along with the week that follows.