We’re back to blogging…and what a better way to get back in the saddle than with a book review.
I jumped at the chance to read and review Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic. I first became aware of this incredible man through a youtube video. He has an inspiring story. Nick was born without arms or legs. As you can imagine, this has presented quite a few challenges for Nick. Nick has overcome those challenges and now has a public speaking ministry around the world, telling people of God’s faithfulness.
With the little I knew of Nick Vujicic, I anticipated reading the book. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations.
In his message, Nick mixes biblical truths with common secular (and unbiblical) messages that are commonly heard today. For example, early on in the book, Nick says, “Remember, God helps those who help themselves.” In contrast, the Bible presents a picture of man’s inability to help himself and his need for God..
His book is riddled through with similar messages of self-esteem; he encourages his readers to believe in themselves and push themselves to the limits. Nick paints a remarkable good picture of human nature and its ability to achieve great things. This is in contrast to the sinful nature of human nature Scripture presents.
That isn’t to say that Nick does not acknowledge God’s hand in his life. He does…frequently so. Time and time again, he talks about the lessons God has taught him and how God has sustained him.
The danger is though that he mixes a good perspective of God with a secular view of man’s need for self-esteem. This creates a mixed and somewhat confusing message. He goes back and forth between different perspectives…one relying on God and then one that seems to be relying on himself.
Another example is when he says, “But the happy ending should always be your goal.” Again Scripture does not assure Christians that their lives will be happy. The goal of a Christian should not be for a happy ending on this side of heaven (as Nick says) but rather to seek God’s honor and glory.
So I would say, this book is one to skip. It’s not entirely without worth but there are better biographies. out there that are stronger in their affirmation of biblical truth and the power of God.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
~ Melinda ~