Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Unstoppable

I recently read Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action by Nick Vujicic.

 
In this book, author Nick Vujicic explains, through stories from his own life and others, how he put his faith into action to become unstoppable in adversity and difficult circumstances, including personal crises, finding love, job challenges, health concerns, self-destructive thoughts, and bullying. 
 
I wanted to like this book.  I mean, look at the cover: here's this man, born without arms or legs, and he's surfing.  Surfing.  This man has not let what others see as a disability sideline him--he has built a successful career as a motivational speaker and leads a full and meaningful life by clinging to God's promise that he was created for a unique purpose and that his life has value.  It's incredibly inspiring, and I can see why people flock to hear him speak.
 
I had a hard time connecting with this book on a personal level, though, and I've been trying to figure out why.  For one thing, the book is too Nick-centric for my taste.  He was always talking about what he has done, what he's said, and what people have said to him, but never expanding on any of those conversations.  I was expecting more of a self-help (that's not exactly the right term) book, but what I got was a biography.
 
I also had a hard time connecting with this book because the issues addressed didn't really apply to me.  It seemed written to someone much younger than I, addressing things like bullying and finding a spouse.  I found myself stretching to find anything that would apply to me in most of the chapters.  It does seem like much of his speaking is done to young adults, and Nick is much younger than I--perhaps his writing will mature as he does. 
 
In addition, I was distracted throughout the entire volume, wondering about the how of Nick's life.  How he gets around, how he types, how he eats--which was never addressed.
 
In conclusion, while I find Nick's story to be inspiring and I did find a few nuggets of wisdom in its pages, reading this book felt like a waste of time.  It just wasn't for me.
 
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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For additional info see:
  • Author's Web Site

  • Book Trailer Video

  • Follow Nick on Facebook

  • Nick on CBS Sunday Morning

  • Nick on Oprah

  • More Info

  • Read Chapter One

  • Author Bio

  • 1 comment:

    1. Great review. Thanks for your thoughts!

      BTW- I have 8 giveaways going on at my site this week and I'd love it if you stopped over and checked them out.

      Hope you have a super weekend!
      Diane :)
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