Limitless: Devotions For A Ridiculously Good Life, by Nick Nujicic
[Note: This book was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah Press without charge in exchange for an honest review.]
Recognizing the need I have for encouraging books in my library, I have started a small collection of devotionals. This is the second such book I have read recently (the first is awaiting publication as part of a blog tour), and I found this to be a very personal and excellent work. A major strength of this work (which is a short collection of 50 devotionals that average about three pages apiece) is that it includes well-chosen Bible scriptures, personal stories, and a focus on faith and devotion to God rather than an inclination to argue. I have found in general that devotional works, especially ones that are as honest and forthright as this one, are helpful in encouragement without getting bogged down in difficult ground.
That is not to say that one cannot find small quibbles in this book, for one can if one is so inclined. However, it would be rather pointless to do so. It is clear that the author, best known for being an inspirational speaker born with no arms and legs , is an honest and candid person about his own struggles against depression as well as his ability to be inspired by everyone from Chinese earthquake orphans to Billy Graham and to people whose struggles against childhood depravation and depraved child abuse inspired him as brave as well. Each of the small devotionals, which can be read one day at a time or all at once, depending on one’s inclinations, deals with a biblical verse along with a brief story that illustrates its truth in the life of the author of someone he knows.
There are some comments that the author makes early on that are highly worthwhile. For one, limitless does not presume a sappy or shallow belief in the lack of limitations of human beings, but rather the limitless power and strength of God to help believers overcome our own natural limitations and experiences. Nick Vujicic is honest about exploring his own insecurities, his resourcefulness, the love he received from friends and a very loving family (including a beautiful wife, apparently), as well as his own ups and downs and his devotion to the dream of being an inspirational speaker. Also included are tips on how to break up the seriousness of life by having safe places and situations to behave in silly and lighthearted ways, as life is enough of a burden. Being a person who is perhaps a bit too serious by nature and nurture, these were welcome suggestions if a bit difficult to put into practice.
All in all, this is a book that is easy to read, full of encouraging advice as well as a helpful perspective. For those people looking for an inspirational series of devotionals that deal honestly with the hardships of life but manage to do so with a sense of humor, as well as a bit of lightness as well as emotional depth, this is a little book that is easy to enjoy and appreciate, and one that ought to repay even repeated reading for those who need encouragement in one aspect of life or another from time to time. We all need to be reminded to be less anxious about our lives and more willing to trust God with our hopes and dreams and desires in the knowledge that He will accomplish a will in us that is more wonderful than any of us can imagine.