Unstoppable: The Incredible Power Of Faith In Action, by Nick Vujicic
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by WaterBrook Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review.]
This is the second book I have read by author and inspirational figure Nick Vujicic , and more so than his previous book it examines some very serious issues. I can relate to more than a few of the issues that are discussed on this book: personal crises (including financial ones), relationship issues, career and job challenges, health and disability concerns, self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and addictions, bullying, persecution, cruelty, and intolerance, imbalance in mind, body, heart, and spirit, and feeling out of control. Many of these issues have been the subject of many of my own writings, which in their own way would not be terribly different when looked as a coherent whole than this very moving and personal spiritual memoir. Even if there are not as many scriptural references as one would want, this book is very personal and honest in revealing the humor as well as the struggles of its author.
Part of what makes this particular book so excellent is its stories, woven into a narrative that focuses on the way in which our struggles help us to keep humble, rely on God by surrendering our own prerogatives and our illusions of control. These stories range from the story of people doing great work in Africa in helping AIDS orphans and setting up floating hospitals in a country (Liberia) whose infrastructure was destroyed by civil war. There are moving accounts from survivors of horrific child abuse as well as sexual slavery. There are stories of people using their struggles as a way to reach and encourage others, while seeking to overcome the destructive effects of unfulfilled longings or bullying and ridicule. As an aside, this book spends an early chapter going over in detail matters of the heart, the author’s own fears and longings for a marriage, which were fulfilled when he met and courted and married (in a very complicated way) a very lovely young woman who loved him through a dark period of financial stress involving a cash flow problem in his business that induced a period of deep depression.
Many readers, no matter how difficult the struggles that they are facing, will be able to relate to the struggles of a sincere man who admits his imperfections but seeks the character development and serenity that can result from facing struggles well. Particularly touching are the stories where Nick is able to help and encourage those who have struggled with having no arms and legs (as it is entirely proper that we should wish to encourage those who have shared our own struggles) as well as those who have through grit and determination endured lengthy struggles with dark depression. This is not the sort of book that ignores the difficulties we face in our lives, but rather it is the sort of book that seeks to encourage us to look less at ourselves and look more at what we can do to turn our struggles and suffering into devoted service in the knowledge that it will work out for the best in ways that we cannot often fathom in those dark nights of the soul. No matter what specific struggles we face in life, this book provides some helpful reminder that we do not struggle alone, and that our struggles are the fuel for our service and encouragement of other people in turn. Sometimes we can all use the encouragement.