Monday, December 10, 2012

Book Review: Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic

I received Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. 

While I was somewhat familiar with Nick Vujicic, I had not read his first book, and so was glad to have a chance to read his second book.  

In Unstoppable, Vujicic blends stories from his life with the lives of others and with stories about people from the Bible.  The common theme is that anyone, even someone disabled, has meaning and purpose in life.  

Vujicic is transparent about his own times of insecurity and failure, yet also maintains strong faith in God throughout these times.  He comes across as normal, not a superhero, but someone who truly wants to be and do all that he can and encourage others to do the same in that process.  

I thought that one of the most powerful chapters was towards the end of the book, chapter 7, "Fighting Injustice".  In this chapter, Vujicic uses his platform to speak about bullying, a pervasive problem in both children and adults today.  Vujicic tells his own story of being bullied as well as discusses tragic bullying cases that bring people to hurt and kill others or themselves.  He goes on to write about "Abuse in the Extreme", giving examples of human rights abuses around the world.  "Anytime someone deprives another person of security, freedom, and peace of mind is essentially a human rights violation," he says (p. 166).  

One of the tragic and shocking examples that he tells about human rights abuse in that chapter is of female genital mutilation in Eqypt, that was done even within the Christian community.  He tells the story of a brave woman named Jackie who was able to stand up to this and convince the men of this community that it was wrong.  

Though I found the first part of the book to be somewhat slow, reading chapter 7 made it worth it to stick with reading the book.  

Overall, the book is encouraging and inspirational, as it is meant to be.  I think many people would be blessed by reading it.

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