Unstoppable (book review)

UnstoppableNick Vujicic didn’t just write a book called Unstoppable, he embodies unstoppable!

If you are not familiar with Nick’s amazingly encouraging story, check out his first book called Life Without Limbs. In Unstoppable, Nick presents an uplifting follow-up for those facing some of the darkest situations of life: sickness, bullying, suicidal thoughts, purposelessness, lost love, and dead-ends.

Nick weaves together his own life story with those he has interacted with, and ties them all together with a solid strand of scriptural truth. This is not some pie-in-the-sky, three-steps-to-happiness, sappy self-help book. It rings with genuineness because Nick lives out the message of hope. Make no mistake about it, he is realistic about how dark these situations can seem, but instead of offering any get-better-quick schemes, Nick shares the hope that can only come from trusting in a loving Creator.

In the first chapter Nick writes—

I wish I could tell people that if they love God, everything will be okay. The truth is that people still stuffer. They endure sickness, financial problems, broken relationships, and the loss of loved ones. Tragedies occur in every life, and I believe we are meant to learn from them. My hope is that when people who are in pain see that I have a joyful life, they will think, If Nick—without arms and legs—is thankful, then I will be thankful for today, and I will do my best.

From start to finish, this book oozes with unstoppable hope and encouragement!

I am a Waterbrook book reviewer.

And, And, And

AndIt’s a great question that the Apostle James asks: What good is it if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? (James 2:14)

It simply doesn’t work! In fact, it’s a waste of time if all I do is—

  • Speak a blessing over someone’s life
  • Claim a promise in Scripture
  • Pray
  • Walk with God for years
  • Provide outstanding hospitality

“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead,” James says a couple of verses later (v. 17). I need faith AND action—

  • Speak the blessing AND be the blessing
  • Claim a promise AND act on it
  • Pray AND do
  • Walk with God AND bring others along with me
  • Entertain AND get out in the streets

“I will show you my faith by what I do!” (v. 18).

Faith and, and, AND works.

Heavenly Father, help me to get this right. I don’t want to preach it good or believe it strongly, unless I’m going to live it well, too.

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