- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307730883
- ISBN-13: 978-0307730886
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A Q&A With Author Nick Vujicic
You came to Christ at a young age; have you ever felt despondent enough (as a Christian) to consider taking your own life?
I gave my life to Jesus at age fifteen when I read in the Bible that Jesus knew that the works of God would be displayed through the blind man in John 9. However, before having faith in Jesus, I was angry at God and blamed Him for my lack of limbs and the fact He didn't seem to care. I thought He’d forgotten me or wasn't real at all was because He didn't answer me when I asked with much faith for limbs miraculously. Neither did He answer me when I asked why He had done this. Because of being bullied at school, experiencing a lot of negative attention, feeling like I was a burden to my parents, and not seeing a right future, I attempted to commit suicide by drowning myself in a bath tub. As I was in the process, the thought of leaving my parents with much grief helped me to not go through with the suicide. It was by God's grace that I am still here, and I can hear the words ring true in Jeremiah 29: 11-14.
What advice can you offer to other people who are mentally or physically disabled, and feel like their life is "over" and worthless?
Any negative lies and thoughts that come in are not from God if the statements are not in-sync with the Word, the heart of God. Every day, we must pray that the Lord guards our hearts and minds as we battle with principalities and powers of darkness. We have the truth. Remind yourself of the truth of your identity, purpose and destiny in Christ. Put on the full armor of God. Ask God for the gift of faith to believe every loving word of the Bible and the discipline to have time in worship or prayer or reading of the Scriptures to further the growth of your faith. Take one day at a time. We all have a fear of being lonely. Some have been abandoned, but Jesus is with you. Trust Him, and if you don't know Him, seek Him.
Describe an average day for Nick? How long it takes to get ready in the mornings?
As a teenager, I wanted to prove to myself that I could be independent, and it would take me an hour to get ready, brush my teeth, go to the restroom, shower and dress myself. These days I like to focus on what gives me more joy and save my energy for the things that are truly rewarding after proving to myself that I could be independent. So, I have caregivers who take care of me and get me ready especially when traveling.
How did you meet your wife?
My wife Kanae and I fell in love at the top of a Bell Tower in McKinney, Texas at the "Adriatica.” The fully story is in my book, but it was at a night where I only spoke to 16 people, and we watched the Butterfly Circus. I shared about the ministry's goals and heart in reaching the world. Fireworks were in our minds and hearts when our eyes connected that night... and for the rest of the story, get the book.
What qualities or characteristics attracted you to her? Do you plan to have children soon?
She is my best friend, and I adore her. She has unimaginable grace, love, patience and meekness. She is such a focused and gentle giver. We are hoping to have children in a few years, but you never know what the Lord wants.
Where do you live/attend church?
With living in Southern California but traveling quite a lot over the years, it has been difficult to find a home church that we truly see our children growing up in long term. But we genuinely enjoy the fellowship of the Apostolic Christian Church in Pasadena and love their hearts in valuing the family-style congregation.
You minister around the world to children, churches and businessmen. What message is on your heart at the moment?
In such a world and generation, there is so much information and entertainment and vicious pressure to be someone you're not yet or to get something you don't have yet. The message to preach is the truth. To know our true worth, knowing that we are all loved, and we are here for a greater purpose.
Tell us about your book - what inspired you to write it, what do you hope it will achieve, who is it for?
Before writing Unstoppable, I personally went through two major life-changing experiences that I learnt so much in and through. I went through a personal crisis in December 2010. Then I met my wife and started courting her at the end of 2010. That's why I wrote Unstoppable. I love how God lets us go through difficult challenges to help each other and encourage one another. That's what family is for. I also speak, write, sing on YouTube "Something More" and act in the short film "Butterfly Circus." I want to communicate a message of hope and love that continues to evolve as I walk closer to Jesus.
About the Author
NICK VUJICIC is a motivational speaker and the director of the nonprofit organization, Life Without Limbs. Nick has become a great inspiration to people around the world, regularly speaking to large crowds about overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams. A longtime resident of Australia, he now lives in southern California with his wife, Kanae. Visit his website at www.LifeWithoutLimbs.org.
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I've already had conversations with my friends and family about how thinking good thoughts and having good values is not sufficient; your actions must align with your moral compass. Also about how after you pray to God, you should not just sit there and wait for an answer, but actively seek out anwers. Also about the concept of surrendering your own plans to God's plan, and identifying the distinction between when to fight harder and when to surrender.
Nick Vujicic has this incredible influence on my life. He's a total stranger, and yet both this book and the last one transform the way I view my life. His stories and advice influence my perspective. They not only influence my decision making process, but they help me to see the good already existent in my life. They inspire me to achieve more, but also to be joyful and grateful about all that I have already achieved, all the blessings that are already manifest in my life.
I am not a Christian. Perhaps I should have said that earlier in the review, but it didn't seem to fit in well until now. I was raised in Christianity, but right now I don't practice any religion. And yet I still get so much out of this book because, well, to grossly oversimplify, his advice is to go through life with a good attitude. Do what you can to help others, appreciate the good you have, make the most of a bad situation, and trust that you will make it through dark times. I believe that is a good attitude for ANYONE to have, regardless of who you think is or isn't watching over, regardless of what you believe happens after you die, and regardless of whether you believe Jesus died for your sins.
Now that I've gotten all the gushing out of the way, I will now give a word of caution about this book. Compared to his last book, there are two significant differences that I noticed and didn't particularly like. The first is that Vujicic spends much less time describing his own life and challenges, and much more time telling other people's stories. (The first few chapters are primarily his stories, but as you delve further into the book he talks less about his own life.) Some of the life stories really didn't pull me in the way Nick's life story did. The other difference is that this book has a lot more specific advice on how to deal with a particular issue in life. For instance, there's a section on coping with having a serious disease or bodily defect, one on bullying, and one on coping with loneliness when you're single. A lot of the specific problems he addressed were ones that I'm not dealing with, and while I can appreciate his taking the time to focus on those issues, it did make it slightly harder to relate to his writing at those points.
I have gotten so much inspiration out of both this book and his first book, Life Without Limits. I highly recommend both of them.