Limitless by Nick Vujicic is a new inspirational devotional book. This author is best known as a motivational speaker, born without limbs - who travels the world to spread encouragement as well as the gospel message. He is the author of two books, and this easy to read devotional is a compilation of his two previous books: Unstoppable and Life Without Limits.
The devotional book genre is a growing new trend. Vujicic has incorporated material from his previous books repackaging them in an easy to digest format for a new generation of readers. For those who are not inclined to sit down and read a lengthy book, this is the perfect inspirational resource. For those overwhelmed by illness, disability or grief, this book offers simple bursts of encouragement to motivate the reader to persevere.
I can not imagine anyone more qualified to speak to youth about self esteem and disability as well as the sick and aged about terminal illness and grief. The author captures a wide audience, from the young student to the older reader as well as everything in between. This book is a very good outreach opportunity for those new to the gospel as well as for those who are familiar with the bible.
Nick draws on his own personal experiences throughout his life and overcoming a handicap. Basically is message is an encouraging one that tells the reader if he can do it, so can you regardless of your circumstances. I believe this simple, short to the point format makes it so much easier for the reader to glean truth and encouragement in contrast to a full length book. This book contains 50 devotionals each ranging from 1-2 pages. The introduction leads with a specifically selected bible verse. These bible verses are very relevent. It is apparent that they are not randomly chosen token verses as these selected verses discuss true pain, and grief. 2Corinthians 4:16-18 is an example of a verse that speaks to those readers overwhelmed with grief and tragedy. Another interesting element is his ability to intertwine humor in a challenging or painful situation. His ability to make light or to see the lighter side of an overwhelming experience can offer the reader a new coping technique. For example, Nick recalls the time he rode the luggage carousel at the airport in the entry 15, "Enjoy the Ride". "Off I went with the rest of the bags and cases. I rode the carousel making like a statue wearing sunglasses and drawing shocked stares, pointed fingers, and nervous laughter from the other passengers." He goes onto state that sometimes we all need to give "adulthood a rest". I can imagine tired weary readers breathing a sigh of relief knowing it is okay to lay aside your burden and have some child like fun regardless of seriousness of your situation. At times his writing seems as if it is taken out of his own personal journal. The advice her offers seems to also be written to encourage himself, especially on page 46. When he talks about the importance of hope he states, "If you didn't have hope, would you ever plan to start a family? Without hope would you ever try to learn something new?" I can imagine these questions were part of his own pep talk when faced with apprehension about trying to surf or getting married.
I believe this devotional book is a very good outreach for all readers. I would like to see this author write more devotional books as he has a unique qualification and ability to speak to all audiences from older readers who are suffering as well as young teens who simply need some motivation and support. As a blogger I received this book published by Water Brook for the purpose of writing this review.