Hope for the Hopeless!

Andrew Smith

5 Stars

October 22, 2012

Unstoppable is the second book written by Nick Vujicic, founder of Life Without Limbs. Nick Vujicic is a motivational speaker who was born without arms or legs. When he was first born, like many parents they didn't understand why their son had been born without any limbs. But despite what the world would declare that Nick wouldn't be able to do, he is doing! He has learned to surf, skateboard, and swim. His life wasn't without pain and many fears controlled his negative thoughts. He strongly believed that he would be a burden to his family forever and he couldn't make a decent living on his own. He struggled with depression and suicide as a young boy at the age of ten. He wanted to end his life where he wouldn't have to be a burden to his family. He tried to drown himself in his bathtub a few times, but luckily he wasn't able to actually go through with it.

He also feared that his desire to get married and have a family wouldn't ever happen. He felt that because he couldn't hold his wife hand or hug her, no one would want him as a husband. Chapter three went into great detail about how he eventually met his wonderful wife Kanae. And after the book was released, they announced that they are expecting their first child! His story also tells the graphic experiences about him being bullied and the impact it can have on a child.

I would recommend this marvelous book to any readers who are feeling like quitting and giving up on life or love. If you have lost your hope for a better future, this book will benefit you, if you take the messages to heart. Nick's book is about finding your passion, making a difference in the world, putting action behind your faith, believing that you are here for a reason and purpose, that you are loved, that God is going to work everything out for your ultimate good, that God can give the desires of your heart, and so much more!

Chapter three was the chapter that encouraged me the most because I have like many others doubted that God had a special spouse for me to marry and that I would one day have children. I struggled to believe that it was even possible that someone would even want me. I'm twenty-two years old and personally I haven't dated any woman or, in fact, been on a date. And to be honest, dating seriously frightens me and I won't know how to keep the conversation going. I had a difficult time healing from my past disappointments about my failed relationships rejections. I only seemed to attract the type of women that like to play around with hearts and then move on. Often times I believe that others deserve to have that close intimacy in marriage and that's something I won't ever have. I also saw the hard truth that I was jealous of everyone else who was in a blissful relationship and I feared that I would die and never have experienced the love of a woman.

Nick's story about his own failed attempts at relationships deeply encouraged me to keep trying and let God take the lead. I am beginning to realize that to find love I have to never give up on it. I will admit that sometimes I want to and I am guilty of singing Miranda Lambert's hit song, "Kerosene". The verse that I would sing loudly would be: "I'm giving up on love cause love's given up on me". Nick helped open my eyes to the fact that I was the one who is afraid of rejection and of actually finding love. I shielded and protected myself from experiencing happiness and love. I was lonely and I didn't want to face the truth and overcome the fears that I had. Nick's story is a huge encouragement that God will give me the desires of my heart. Nick also reminded me that I wasn't so alone in my feelings, disappointments, pain, and hurts. And whether I stay single or eventually marry I will still be alright. I truly believe that Nick's story will vastly change your life and give you much needed encouragement! By the end of the book, you will realize that you are unstoppable, and you must put action behind your faith.

"I received this ARC copy of Unstoppable for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".