Be The Hands And Feet: Living Out God’s Love For All His Children, by Nick Vujicic
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books/Waterbrook Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
I don’t know what to think of this book. For one, if anyone is familiar with the author , one knows that he has no arms and legs, but he does have hands and feet so he can be them. Obviously, then, the author is making a pun about his life. If you want to see the personal side of the author, this book has a lot to offer in terms of personal stories and intimacy. I feel a bit ambivalent about what the author shares, as a great deal of it feels like humblebragging and I feel the author does not always do a good job at dealing with the tension between trying to show himself as an example of a mentor to others and show his struggles as a human being who tends to overcommit and spread himself too thin. I also don’t agree with all of his stances as far as personal evangelism and the ecumenical movement go, but all the same I found much here to appreciate and respect.
This book is divided into three sections after an introduction. The first five chapters are focused on letting one’s light shine, with a look at how one is called to serve, answering questions, modeling the Gospel message at home, bearing godly fruit, and thinking out of the box. The next five chapters focus on building a team through mentoring, finding allies in the faith, building a big tent, and working on adventures in outreach. The book then closes with two chapters on finishing well, with a chapter about the author’s father’s struggle with metastatic cancer and a look at the author’s own health crisis. Even though the book has a clear structure, the book does feel like it rambles a bit and that there is a lot of repetition. The author talks about his father’s cancer scare on multiple occasions and mentions a few people over and over again, and it’s not bad but it feels as if the book could have used a bit tighter editing. I suppose that once you become a massively popular author that the editing falls a bit by the wayside, as is the case here.
There are a variety of opinions I had about this book as I was reading it. I was pleased by the way that the author confessed his own struggle with honoring his father and his father’s view of church while trying to pursue his own vision of speaking to as wide an audience as possible. I thought some of the author’s stories about his time in Russia dealing with discrimination against people with disabilities and his humorous response to the Macedonian president who lectured him about biblical knowledge were intriguing. In particular, the author shows himself as not being as knowledgeable about the Bible as he thinks he is. This is a case where someone has spent a great deal of time and effort in showing himself to be good at heart and not nearly as focused on biblical knowledge. Even so, I still felt sympathetic towards the author. If I did not find the author a particularly deep thinker or particularly knowledgeable about scripture, I did at least think in reading this book that he was genuinely interested in the lives and evangelism efforts of other believers and that he wanted to use his own experiences to make him a more approachable believer. If his approach to evangelism is not the same as my own, at least this made for a relatable book.
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