I received a review copy of Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a RIDICULOUSLY Good Life by Nick Vujicic several months ago. And I thought that it would be a book that I would dive right into. I figured I’d have no trouble just sailing through it, but for some reason that I’m pretty sure has way more to do with me than with the book, I’ve really struggled to get to the end.
And it’s not that this is not a really great book. This autobiography is an amazing tail. Nick was born about thirty years ago with no arms and no legs. And Nick’s story is incredible. A life that could have and should have been defined by limits is actually an incredible tail of a life lived to the extreme. This is a man who has traveled the world, speaks in front of millions of people, and has even surfed with Bethany Hamilton (the young surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack).
The point then becomes, how are you letting your daily challenges keep you from living life to the fullest? Especially when compared with a life that is filled with unique challenges.
I really loved the last chapter, “Make Giving Your Mission.” Nick’s closing statements are all about making a difference, loving others, and leaving a legacy of kindness. From small, random acts of kindness to lives like Mother Teresa, these make a difference. And not just in the lives the you’re reaching out to. “When you step outside yourself and your own concerns to reach out for others, it will change you. You will be humbled. You will be inspired.” (p. 220)
If you’re looking for a reminder of why you were created to be uniquely you and that you were created to live an abundant life, Life Without Limits will fit the bill. While it’s filled with stories of the people that Nick has met in his travels, I found their stories less compelling than other books I’ve read. Sadly I didn’t find it the page-turner that I hoped it would be. I recommend it as a book to pick up in bits and pieces for a quick bit of encouragement when you need it.
*Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.