Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review: Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action

By Nick Vujicic

Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action is the second inspirational book written by Nick Vujicic - motivational speaker, evangelist, author, and director of the nonprofit organization Life Without Limbs.  Born with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs, Nick shares from his wealth of personal experiences that took him from suicidal thoughts at a young age to becoming an internationally famous motivational speaker, in combination with personal stories from the hurting people he has ministered to through his world travels.

I began reading this book thinking I had never heard of Nick Vujicic, but I quickly became aware of glimpses I had seen of him in the media and was eager to learn more.  I loved his message and don't believe I've ever read a more upbeat book.  A sense of humor is one of his greatest gifts:  When there was a problem with his visa, he asked an embassy official, "Is there a problem with my fingerprints on the visa?"  While anyone would be inspired by Nick's testimony, it would especially touch people who think they're alone in their suffering.

Many passages spoke to me, but here are a few of my favorites:

-- "God's vision of your life is far greater than anything you might imagine."
-- "I keep a pair of shoes in my closet because I believe in miracles, but there is no greater miracle than seeing someone come to God."
-- "Humility is an interesting virtue because if you don't have it, sooner or later it's given to you."
-- "My self-destructive urges came when I lost faith and focused on what I could not do rather than what I could."
-- "If you put 'Go' in front of 'disable' you'll get 'God is able'."

One of Nick's stories that stood out to me is that of Eduardo Verastegui, a popular actor who turned away from a successful career to making films with a positive message.  His first project was a movie that I loved, Bella, and which had a life-changing effect on many women considering abortion.  Chapter 7, which deals with bullying, is also a strong chapter.

Maybe Unstoppable's narrative could be a little tighter, maybe it includes a little too many stories, but it is easily readable and packs a powerful message.  Nick never fails to deflect attention away from himself and to the One he serves.  Nick was privileged to meet with Billy Graham and has taken his advice to heart:  "Your job is to preach the truth and only the truth of the gospel without targeting certain people or groups.  The truth is powerful, and it will set hearts free."

In that this book offers inspiration, help and encouragement, I can recommend it to anyone.  But I would especially recommend it for those dealing with physical disability or serious illness.

This book was provided by WaterBrook Press through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.

As I said in the above review, I wasn't familiar with Nick Vujicic before reading his book.  Has anyone heard him speak or seen him on TV?


  1. I bought Nick's first book for my daughter last year and have been meaning to read it. This one sounds great too.

    I heard him speak on YouTube and thought he was such an uplifting speaker and great example to kids who are struggling.

    I love the Billy Graham quote! I'll be writing that one down.

    Found you on goodreads and following. Feel free to come by and visit my blogs anytime.

    Cathy :)

  2. My Dad has heard him talk. He does speeches on some of the church and Christian school circuits, I believe.